'Music in Pictures' brightens visits to hospital

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 06:16 AM.

The musical adventure produced visual interpretations of "The Royal March of the Lion," "The Aviary," "The Aquarium," "The Kangaroo," "The Elephant," and "The Swan."

Students turned in their work Jan. 9. The pieces were judged by a panel comprised of artists and musician and special awards were dispensed in age-group categories for gold and silver during an awards ceremony at Rosemary Beach.

A panel of judges selected 12 grand-prize winners based upon the interpretation of the music.

"It was wonderful," said art teacher Constance Rogers of Butler Elementary School . "People came from as far away as Mossy Head to be a part of this and we had more schools participating this year."

Rogers had 33 students participating this year in grades 1-4.  

And even though all listened to the same music, most interpreted what they heard differently. Several focused on the beautiful and graceful swans in the music, and several felt moved by the mighty lion or triumphant elephant. But whichever piece was drawn, all compel passersby to stop and admire the renditions put down on paper by the students.

As a result of the project, RBF donated $7,000 to the schools that participated. These included Compass Rose Academy, Emerald Coast Middle School, Freeport Elementary, Freeport Middle School, Maude Saunders Elementary School, Mossy Head School, Ohana Institute, Paxton School , Seaside Neighborhood School , South Walton Montessori, TESLA, Van E. Butler Elementary, Walton Middle School , and West DeFuniak Elementary.

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