It didn’t take long for the adults to realize the kids could do a better job.
Instead of traditionally relying on a brochure to choose cookie cutter Christmas Ornaments to boost Christmas Island Style funds, organizers Bette McGilvray and Barb Dasti last year decided to go local.
And what better source than students in Shane Totten’s art class at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, reasoned McGilvray and Dasti.
Dozens of 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students got to work on drawings, and the eventual winner was a ceramic, Santa-like dolphin designed by Sanya Prabhakar.
That ornament is now on sale at $12, and can be bought at the Art League/Marco Island Center for the Arts on Winterberry Drive, at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce on Collier Boulevard, Marco Craft & Shell in the Town Center, or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday this week, it was down to artistic business for 7th Grade students this time around with Christmas 2010 in mind.
Emily Sutton decided on a seahorse motif, which she said would probably take her about a day or two to complete.
“I want to use a lot of different ocean colors like greens and blues,” she said.
Anthony Macchiarolo also opted for a seahorse, and said his aim was to win the contest purely for the honor of doing so.
McGilvray said around Thanksgiving the finished drawings will be judged at the Art League, and the winners announced at the annual tree lighting ceremony in early December.
First place winner receives a plaque and a $100 savings bond, while second and third finisher win $50 bonds.
“The old ornaments were simply lackluster,” McGilvray said, predicting a sell-out this year of the 250 ornaments devised by student Prabhakar.