Maddison Carl, daughter of Mike and Dawn Lattimer of Randall, has been named Royalton High School’s March Artist of the Month.
When she first was in art class as a seventh grader, she never thought that she had enough talent to create anything that would be considered the “Best” by anyone.
“I have been in art classes since the first year I started high school. At first, I didn’t like it because I thought everyone else was so much better at art than I was,” said Carl. “It was in ninth grade that I took a class and found out what art was really all about, and why everyone liked the class so much. It was the idea of creating something that was important enough to you that you would give it your best efforts, and let the project speak for itself. I was no longer afraid to try photography, painting, computer graphics, drawing, sculpture, or my favorite, chalk portraiture. I just wanted to learn new techniques and get better through practice. There is another thing that will always stick with me throughout my life that I learned in all of my art classes. No matter what you are doing, all you can do is your best. Mr. Halverson always said, ‘You don’t have to be the best, as long as you give it your best efforts, it will always turn out to be your best.’”
Art teacher Carl Halverson said that students like Carl are some of the most fun to teach. “It’s easy to teach a student who is gifted in the area of drawing to create a decent portrait. But when a student maybe doesn’t possess as much ability, and then works to become a better artist through diligent practice, it is so much more rewarding,” said Halverson. “Maddison will do well at whatever she does in life because she’s a blessing to those around her, and she’s more than willing to work for life’s many rewards.”
“Art has and will always be my favorite subject,” Carl said. “This chalk drawing is dedicated to my grandpa because he is a very kind-hearted and strong man. I love him very much and anyone who knows him would describe him much the same way.”