2016-03-05 / The Bullhorn

Eighth-grade student places second in state art contest

By Jackson Woody
Bullhorn Reporter

RCS eighth-grader Maggie Rand is taught by her big sister, art teacher Anne Bettendorf. RCS eighth-grader Maggie Rand is taught by her big sister, art teacher Anne Bettendorf. Roxboro Community School eighth-grade student Maggie Rand received a second-place award in the Intermediate North Carolina Aviation Art Contest this week.

Rand was inspired by a scene she saw on a trip home from the mountains in Floyd, Virginia.

Rand used a variety of mediums, including watercolors, Sharpies, colored pencils, and Micron pens on her winning entry. She spent over four hours working on the piece.

The young artist has also received other art awards, such as a grand prize in the bookmark contest at the Person County Public Library.

Anne Bettendorf, Rand’s sister, is RCS’ art teacher.

Bettendorf said that she often felt nervous when Rand is in class, because she wants to be a good role model for her little sister. Bettendorf said that she treats her sister like other students, being sure not to embarrass Rand. Bettendorf said she enjoys watching her sister progress as a young-adult artist.

“I have loved art for as long as I can remember,” Bettendorf said.

Rand and Bettendorf share a love for the arts, as their parents and grandparents are creative.

“It is something I have always thought of as a hobby, but now it has morphed into something I could see as a career in the future,” Rand said.

Art had been a lifelong passion for her, she said.

Bettendorf has taught at RCS for seven years, after earning degrees in studio art and art education at Meredith College in Raleigh.

The sisters enjoy using different media in their work. Bettendorf said she loves to work with fibers, paint and mixed media, while Rand said she enjoys colored pencils.

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