"The Cactus Wren," Robert Dunahm—Grade 4, Fountain Hills Charter School
I chose to draw a Cactus Wren in its nest, because it made me think of Arizona and the natural beauty here in the desert.
"Untitled," William "Malachi" Coble—Grade 5, Canyon Elementary
I drew this picture because I live in Arizona and when I go hiking, I see a lot of lizards. This gave me the idea of actually drawing one. My picture is of a Bearded Dragon lying on a log as the sun is going down in Arizona.
"100 years of Art and Education for Native Americans," Robyn Nelson—Grade 5, Desert View Elementary
Robyn's picture has a desert wth a butte in the background. There is frame for a Navajo rug with a graduation hat and diploma next to the wool and tools for the rug.
"Arizona Sunset," Rachel Martin—Grade 6, Houston Elementary
I wanted to show all the things that make Arizona beautiful and unique. Spectacular sunsets, starry skies and majestic saguaro cactus can regularly be seen.
"The State," Payton Brewer—Grade 4, Adams Traditional Academy
In my picture I drew the state cactus, state bird, and the state flower. I drew our flag with 48 stars and the Arizona state flag. On one side of the cactus I drew a desert mountain for the past and on the other side I drew a city for the future of our state.
"An Arizona Sunset," Noelle Steffenson—Grade 4, Kingman Academy of Learning Intermediate School
When I play outside and it's right before dinner, I see the most wonderful thing ever. The Arizona sunset makes me feel delighted and cheerful. I can describe it as pink and purple and just a touch of orange and yellow. I love the Arizona sunset. It's such a wonderful sight. Many colors blend with it to make that great sunset. The most beautiful place it could ever be is above my head in the sky.
"Arizona—My Home," Megan Vigarino—Grade 4, Canyon Springs School
"Arizona—My Home" Arizona is celebrating its one hundredth birthday on February 14, 2012. One hundred years ago, archaeologists found drawings on cave walls and many more artifacts. We preserved these by putting them in our museums. Today, we can visit these museums to learn more about Arizona's culture. Our education has changed in the past one hundred years. We have gone from a little school-house to a larger campus. We have gone from chalk boards to smart boards. It is amazing how many things can change in one hundred years! I am happy to live in the beautiful state of Arizona.
"Imagine Avondale," Maya Cantrell and Group—Grade 5, Imagine Avondale Elementary
"Imagine Avondale", Maya Cantrell and Group—Grade 5
"The Castle in the Desert," Madison Kowal—Grade 6, New School for the Arts and Academics
My artwork shows a collection of abstract cacti surrounding an image of the Tovera Castle at Carraro Heights. When I was little, my mom and I would walk past this unique cake-like Castle. The Tovera Castle is surrounded by a variety of beautiful cacti and cacti are a big part of the Arizona desert landscape. So, I combined a childhood memory with a great building of the past.
"An Arizona Girl," Kaylee Clayton—Grade 6, Mesa Unified School District
I painted a picture of a girl from Arizona. She could have lived in any time in the past 100 years. I wanted to show a kind person because they make us feel better. Arizona girls love sports and are strong. Arizona girls love to be in the desert and appreciate beauty. I learned how to draw the eyes, mouth, nose, and shoulders and where they should be. I learned how to mix many colors to make one beautiful picture. I'm glad to be an Arizona girl getting a great education and I love my Art class.
"1912 to 2012," Jose Reyes—Grade 6, Phoenix College Academy
In 1912 the houses were little and made out of wood or sticks. The mountains did not have very much agriculture in them because there was not a lot of farming.
The land had more desert and less buildings because of this there wasn't a lot of work because the people were nomads who moved around in search of food.
Heber Acuna—Grade 4, Davidson Elementary
Heber Acuna—Grade 4, Davidson Elementary
"Arizona Through the Years," Gabrielle Cioca—Grade 6, Carden of Tucson
My artwork is about Arizona through the ages, and how a land with nothing on it grew to a small town with a few houses to what is now a busy city with highways and moving traffic. It also shows a landmark of Arizona, A Mountain. I tried to take a few facts from Arizona and include them into my piece. Like how a cactus takes hundreds of years to grow. From being a stub to a giant cactus. It shows the beauty of Arizona through the years.
Daniele Villalpando—Grade 4, Heritage Elementary
I have a sunset, mountains, cacti and a building. The cacti has flowers. In the building the light is on.
"100 years of Art and Education," Caylie L. Resse—Grade 4, Horseshoe Trails Elementary
When I think of Arizona, I picture horses and the word western. That's why I want the main focus to be the horses. To represent culture, I have done specific ideas with my horses. In one I have placed Arizona petroglyphs, in the leading horse I drew the Phoenix Trial of Painted Pony, but added my own twist. For education, I drew the first thing that came to mind when I thought about school. In the left cliff, I put a pencil design. In the right cliff, there are number equations, and the adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying signs.
"Before and After Civilization," Camilia Villalpando—Grade 4, Heritage Elementary
The desert is fading away fast. Plants and animals are being pushed aside to make houses and buildings. People know Arizona as a desert, but now it's filled with cities and towns. Some wild animals live in the back of my big backyard. Wild animals like snakes, lizards, and more desert animals need homes.
"A Painting of an Arizona Sunset," Audrey Nagle—Grade 4, Challenge Charter School
I have chosen to draw an artist painting a sunset in "A Painting of an Arizona Sunset" because Arizona sunsets are so beautiful and colorful they inspire people to make art. It gets their creativity going and gets their brain thinking and in a day or two (if it is a good painting it should take that long) they will have a beautiful master piece. All because they witnessed an Arizona sunset.