McBride Elementary School students craft tiles of their likeness for 'Faces of Art' project

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Second-graders Owen Brockmueller and Hailee Mason carve details into the background of their tiles before scoring the clay to attach other pieces to it. The tiles will be fired and then painted by each student.Students at McBride Elementary School are taking part in a school tradition of making customized clay tiles that resemble their faces, the final product of which will be installed as an art display.

The project, called "McBride's Faces of Art," allows 200 students in the school to make tiles resembling their own faces, using supplies provided by the McBride Parent Teachers Organization through a grant from the

Columbia County Cultural Coalition. The completed tiles will be installed somewhere in the building as a tribute to the students. Various displays from years past can be seen around the campus.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Haylee Warner, Lily Crisell, Alayna Stacey, Anna Rivera, all second-graders at McBride Elementary School, take a short break from crafting their tiles on Friday, May 5. Each student took a different approach to customizing tiles. Different stamps, textured items and clay tools were available to make designs.

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