Evans Elementary School pupil Barry Eatman's self-portrait was selected and printed on the 2003 Youth Art Month poster.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Evans Elementary School third grader Barry Eatman now can say he's a poster child.
Barry's self-portrait is one of 47 faces featured on the Georgia Art Education Association's poster celebrating Youth Art Month.
"I didn't know I was going to win," said Barry, the son of Barry and Claudia Eatman of Evans. "I didn't know I was really that good at drawing."
Barry used oil pastels and markers to draw his bust, which is framed by an orange sun, a bush and an apple tree.
"I just drew what I thought I looked like," he said.
His art teacher Ellen Braddy said Barry was the first of her students to win the state contest.
At the Columbia County Board of Education meeting last week, Barry received a certificate of appreciation recognizing his artistic talent.
"We're proud of you and hope you get a good review at the national level," Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price said.
The Georgia Art Education Association sponsored the contest to create a poster of portraits during Youth Art Month - March. The theme was The Many Faces of Art. Barry's portrait was selected from among 365 entries.
The poster is a representation of student work in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The poster will become the new Georgia Youth Art Month flag and will be flown in Washington, D.C., in March, along with flags from other states. Barry's drawing will now be entered into the national competition.
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