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Jacobson, Artist in Residence, visits Langdon Area Elementary

For the sixth year in a row, the Northern Lights Art Council (NLAC) has welcomed an Artist in Residence at the Langdon Area School (LAS).

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Posted on 2/6/16

By Melissa Anderson

This year’s artist is Anna Jacobson, a Langdon native who works with mixed media but specializes in print making and painting.

“One of the goals of the NLAC is to expand knowledge and appreciation for the arts,” Carla Gimmell, Executive Director for NLAC, said, ”To be able to do this with school age kids is invaluable.”

The Artist in Residence program is unique in that it brings a different form of art for the children to experience hands on – one that they maybe wouldn’t experience if it weren’t for this program.

“The impact of these artists can be life-changing for some kids,” Gimmell stated.
Gimmell explained that by experiencing different forms of art, it can peak a curiosity in children that they can build on throughout their elementary and high school years and carry into their adult lives.

“At the very least, their exposure to new art will give them a well-rounded education and perhaps a new ability to express themselves through art,” Gimmell said.

Jacobson worked specifically with grades 4-6 in the elementary school and while the other grade levels won’t be making any prints, they will get to view the art that is created.

“Printmaking really is a neat process. Mrs. Lill held a short in-service for the teachers prior to the residency and they were able to create a print themselves,” Gimmell stated.

Jacobson grew up on a family-owned organic farm in rural North Dakota where she was encouraged to explore, observe, learn and create. She continues to carry these principles with her as she creates and teaches art all over North Dakota. Jacobson believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience art.
“Art should be part of a balanced and life-long education, providing learners of all ages with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive and caring,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson is a teaching artist for the North Dakota Council on the Arts. She also teaches for a variety of schools, state arts councils, art centers and museums. Jacobson received her BA in studio arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. in 2003 and her Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in 2010.

“I have been teaching for 15 years,” Jacobson said, ”I have taught for museums, arts councils, art camps, elementary, high school and university.”

Over the course of a week, Jacobson instructed the students on the basic ideas and fundamentals of printmaking. The students were able to make three different editions and two different types ofprintmaking.

“I love sharing the world of art with students. I am looking forward to seeing what the students create with the new tools and principles of printmaking,” Jacobson stated.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, is the sponsor for this program.

“We apply for a grant from them each year to cover a majority of the costs. The school also contributes a portion,” Gimmell said.

There will be an art show displayed at the elementary school on Feb. 8-9 for the public to come in and check out.

“I encourage everyone to stop in a take a look as the kids have worked hard to create this art,” Gimmell said.