America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA in 2019

Each One a Work of Art

Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans, representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. These artists give their time and talents to design and create ornaments that symbolize the history, heritage and culture of their homelands. The America Celebrates display, which surrounds the National Christmas Tree, is free and open to visitors throughout December. If you are a teacher interested in having your school participate, please click here.

Learn about some of the 2019 artists and ornaments in the gallery below:

Alabama

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Hamilton High School – Hamilton High School’s Visual Arts Students were honored to create mixed media ornaments, inspired by Currier and Ives. Symbolizing the generosity, compassion and giving nature of Alabama’s citizens, gold is the unifying ornament color. Ornaments feature vignettes encircled by green wreaths and topped by red ribbons, symbolizing the joy of the Christmas season. From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the North with its waterfalls and lakes, to the beautiful beaches and waters of the Gulf Coast in the South, the Visual Arts students of HHS are proud to share a small glimpse of Sweet Home Alabama.

Arkansas

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Monticello High School – Monticello, Arkansas is located in the Southeastern region also known as the Delta. Here in the Delta, cotton, corn, and trees are everywhere. Students in seven classes (Art I and Art II) worked together in groups to create all twenty four ornaments. Each side features landmarks and activities that Arkansas is known for. On one side, Arkansas’ beautiful sunset is featured as well as a breathtaking view of the Ouachita mountains and the serene forests that spread throughout Arkansas. While on the other side, the mountains make a second appearance depicting a camping scene, which is a favorite pass time among many. Towards the center, the Mississippi river that runs through the state reflects the night sky. A meteor can be seen in the sky as locals have enjoyed many meteor showers. As different as the sides are to each other, each show the beauty Arkansas encompasses.

Delaware

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Cab Calloway School of the Arts – Middle and High School students from Cab Calloway School of the Arts were honored to create ornaments for the national tree ceremony in Washington, D.C. Students created ornaments displaying anything from the state flower, state dog, to the outline of our actual state! Their pride in this project is clear, and they are thrilled to be selected!

Guam

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Simon A. Sanchez High School – Simon A. Sanchez High School students created the ornaments to reflect various scenes, patterns, and symbolism of their experiences on Guam. Some ornaments reflect the local flair of island life, while others are ingrained with the subtle humor of the islands. The “Hafa Adai” greeting is included in some ornaments to capture the welcoming spirit of the island of Guam. Some local landmarks and wildlife such as Two Lover’s Point and the Guam Ko’Ko bird also adorn the ornaments. The ornaments were hand painted by students from diverse backgrounds who provided the youthful interpretation of our island’s beauty and people.

Indiana

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Paoli Jr. Sr. High School – Our kids were very excited to be involved with this project. Since we are from a very small town in Southern Indiana our theme focuses on what we know, Christmas in a small town. Our inspirations range from farm culture to the decorations one might find on our local courthouse square. Our kids worked both inside and outside of the ball using paint, glitter, vinyl stickers and sculptural elements.

Louisiana

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Dutchtown High School – Ornaments submitted by Dutchtown High School in Ascension Parish are works of art by students in Art II classes. Students designed and painted their ornaments with both Louisiana’s rich culture and Christmas in mind. Ornaments include crawfish, Mardi Gras masks, pelicans and more, all representations of what makes Louisiana unique. As they began this project, the students marveled at the abundance of symbols that represent Louisiana. Throughout this process, they have grown as artists and are grateful to have been given the opportunity to share our love for Louisiana with the rest of the nation!

Michigan

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NorthPointe Christian High School – NorthPointe Christian High School students in Grand Rapids painted ornaments representing the natural beauty, landmarks and achievements of our state. Students enjoyed exploring themes emblematic of our state’s geography including aurora borealis, agriculture, local birds and great lakes fish. We highlighted some of Michigan’s unique cultural contributions from the music of Motown and the Detroit auto industry, to our famous bridges and lighthouses. Students used transparent glass paint as well as acrylic and metallic paint, and sealed ornaments with gloss varnish.

Montana

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Hellgate High School – We are so lucky to live in a wonderful Montana city surrounded by countless outdoor recreational opportunities. Our city of Missoula sits among mountain ranges, rivers and streams. We decided to represent this through the state fish, the Cutthroat Trout. We were not only inspired by our summer memories and spending time on the river, but the vibrant patterns of cutthroat trouts. We used watercolor, pen/ink and acrylic paint to render fish features, patterns and textures. These were done on small strips of paper which were then intertwined inside of the globe- representing our rivers and streams.

New Jersey

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Morris County School of Technology – The Academy for Education and Learning at Morris County School of Technology, a program for future educators at a career and technical high school, and the home of the 2019 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, created this year’s ornaments. Along with peers from Art: Drawing and Composition, the students learned a lot about their home state, including it being known as the garden state. Career Technical Education provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.

North Dakota

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Smile Middle School

Oregon

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Howard Street Charter School – Howard Street Charter School provides an innovative public education balancing the “Three Es”, Ellington (arts), Einstein (science and technology) and Esperanza (humanities and language). A group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students met after school to create the ornaments. After some discussion students came up with the idea of painting on round wooden slabs to represent an aspect of Oregon’s economy. Students were asked to think about what they appreciated about our state and represent that on their ornament. Some students chose to represent the diverse Oregon landscape of the high deserts, mountain peaks, river valleys and/or coastal oceans. Other students chose to represent the flora and fauna of our state, and a couple focused on aspects that make Oregon a unique place to live. Finally, to add a festive touch of the holidays, students added greenery and/or fake snow.

South Carolina

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Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School – The ornaments from South Carolina were made by a group of 7th and 8th grade advanced art students. These unique designs were created to represent sights and scenes throughout the state of South Carolina. Each artist researched and created sketches of their chosen landmark or symbol prior to painting an ornament in their own unique style. The ornaments were painted with acrylic paint, sealed with a glossy topcoat and labeled with the landmark or symbol’s title. “Smiling Faces. Beautiful Places.” truly represents each ornaments’ design for South Carolina.

Utah

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Whitehorse High School – Fifteen scholars scattered across three Visual Arts and one Student Government class worked to create 24 ornaments. Fourteen scholars are members of the Navajo Nation and one is from Acoma Pueblo. The scholars were inspired by the local landscape and depict different aspects of life in the Four Corners. Others featured traditional designs as well as stories such as Coyote Placing the Stars and the original Shoe Game. Whitehorse scholars were free to choose their medium. While most ornaments are painted either inside or outside, two feature traditional sandpainting techniques while several others showcase three-dimensional vignettes inside the globe.

Washington

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Cavelero Mid High – Washington State is called the Evergreen State because it is full of natural beauty. Two hundred and thirty ninth grade students in Art 1 each chose a scenic location or animal that is personally meaningful. The National Core Arts Standard 2 “to organize and develop artistic ideas and work” was each students’ goal. In order to achieve this goal students viewed multiple images of their chosen scene or animal, organized their composition, and then painted in a circular composition with acrylic paints. Forty-eight paintings were chosen and mounted on recycled plastic lids. The plastic framed paintings are a symbol of the contrast between the scenic majesty of our animals, mountains and waterways and our battle against plastification of this environment. The ornaments express the beauty of Washington State, but upon closer inspection the recycled plastic framing can be seen. The students were successful in expressing their artistic ideas about the natural beauty of our Evergreen State.

Alaska

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Valley Pathways School – Valley Pathways is an alternative high school located in Palmer, Alaska. Earth Science and Geometry students designed and created their ornaments to showcase the tallest peak (20,310 ft) in North America, Denali. Each student painted brilliant magenta fireweed and later added spruce trees in the background. A stencil of Denali was created using a 3-D printer; students then cut clay, painted and hung the majestic mountain inside their painted globes. Fireweed blooms are special to Alaskans, they can be one of the first signs of life after forest fires, spanning from the arctic tundra to the southeast rain forests.

California

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West Valley High School – West Valley High School is located on the western side of Hemet, California. The ornaments that represent our state were designed and painted by 16 students, with direction of their art teacher, in both Beginning and Advanced Art 2 & 3. Students mostly worked independently choosing state symbols, landmarks, and other natural settings that depict the beauty of our state. We used acrylic as the medium, mostly painting on the inside of the globes. Students quickly learned the process of working in reverse as the results demonstrate, making us very proud to represent the State of California.

District of Columbia

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Ballou High School – Hello from our nation’s capital, Washington, DC where Frank W. Ballou High School was chosen to paint this year’s ornaments. Ballou High School is a public school located in Southeast DC.  Art students at Ballou High School wanted their ornaments to reflect the rich history and culture of our community. They painted DC monuments, historical people and presidents, the cherry blossoms festival, hometown sports teams, and even the Metro map! They used a variety of painting techniques from the reverse paint process from the inside of the ornament to paint markers on the outside. The results are delightful and show the various abilities of the students at Ballou. We feel grateful and honored to have been chosen to participate in this wonderful event. 

Hawai’i

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Maui High School – Senior students from Maui High School designed 24 ornaments using acrylic paint and mixed media. Student designs are rich with Hawaiian cultural and historical imagery, as well as imagery of endemic Hawaiian wildlife and plant life. Through this project, students have embodied Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ), which is a DOE-wide framework used across Hawaii to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaii’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaii. It has been an honor to represent Hawaii as part of this nationwide design project.

Iowa

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Clear Creek Amana Middle School – Clear Creek Amana Middle School is located outside of Iowa City, our district includes the small towns of Tiffin, Oxford, Amana and North Liberty. The CCAMS Art Club worked together to research interesting things about Iowa, then independently designed our ornaments. With only a few meetings this school year we embraced the panic and finished as a team, with the older students helping to prep and fine tune everyone worked on the ornaments together.

Maine

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Presque Isle High School – Presque Isle – a small city nestled in amongst hills, streams, sweeping fields of green (potatoes, mostly) or white (snow, so. much. snow). Students at Presque Isle High School completed their ornaments, highlighting their favorite things about Maine, by creating assemblages depicting agriculture and food (potatoes, blueberries, broccolli, fiddleheads, Moxie and whoopie pies), wildlife (puffins, junebugs, chickadees, moose, bees, brooke trout), folklore, a single lighthouse, past-times (camping, hot air ballooning) and also nods to the author Stephen King and the iconic LLBean boot. The students had so much fun that they decided, with their teacher, to include this as part of the permanent Sculpture curriculum. 

Minnesota

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Riverside Christian School – Riverside Christian School middle school students are honored and thrilled to be nominated as the school to represent the state of Minnesota for the National Christmas Tree Display. They were inspired by a globe sitting on the corner of the teacher’s desk which displayed the words, “For God So Loved the World”. With overwhelming consent from the students, the ornaments created depict the earth from a birds-eye view, with a window looking into the beautiful land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota.

Nebraska

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Lutheran High Northeast – Nebraska Strong! This assortment of ornaments was created by the students in 5th period Intro to Art class. They brainstormed, sketched, collected materials and finally created. The ornaments run the gamut from beautiful Nebraska sunsets and rows of corn, to Chimney Rock, a Meadowlark, Honeybees, Goldenrod, tractors, Carhenge, windmills and let us not forget the Big Red Cornhusker football team. Some of the ornaments are painted both outside and inside, others have paint inside only. The students inserted leaves from the state tree, the cottonwood, and one ornament even has actual Nebraska field corn inside.

New Mexico

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Los Alamos Middle School – These ornaments were created by 7th grade and 8th grade art students using a traditional art form called Nichos. A nicho box, or simply ‘nicho’, is a display box usually made of wood, tin or glass. The students constructed their nicho box out of paper. Using watercolor, drawing and collage techniques students decorated their ornaments. The finished pieces are a celebration of New Mexican state symbols, landscape and culture.

Northern Mariana Islands

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Saipan Southern High School – There were 4 different designs made by the Visual Arts class; the ukelele, canoe, Latte Stone and fish. The ukelele and canoe ornaments were created from foam board and cardboard templates glued together then wrapped with island print design material. The mast and outrigger on the canoes were twigs from our local ironwood tree glued together. The Fish ornaments were woven from coconut leaves and accented with color streamers to represent coral. The Latte Stones were made from a paper mache’ mix of glue water and strips of newspaper with the green color streamer representing the “Mwar”, a Carolinian cultural head lei. The star attached to the Latte Stone represents the North Star that is recognised for navigation and also is represented on the CNMI flag. We made 4 each of the designs in the visual arts class and the ceramic class created ceramic and hand-painted ornaments in their class.

Pennsylvania

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Danville Area Middle School – The members of the Danville Area Middle School Art Club in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade created the beautiful 2019 Pennsylvania tree ornaments. Danville is a small, rural town in central Pennsylvania. We found inspiration from our state flower and animals, our favorite Pennsylvania places, Pennsylvania seasons and landscapes, and our own, unique Pennsylvania traditions. We started out sketching our ideas before moving on to paint, collage, sculpt, and draw our designs. We enjoyed the whole process, and feel proud and honored to represent our great state.

South Dakota

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Sisseton Middle School – Sisseton Public School’s seventh and eighth grade students created ornaments that depict imagery based on four prominent themes of South Dakota: Native American culture, varying landscapes, animals, and farming/ranching. From the ever-changing seasons and big skies to healing medicine and harvest time, students with a range of abilities completed their work while learning more closely about their subject matter. All students were able to take the time to plan the best representation of their ideas, then initiate it on or within the ornament. One student decided to fill the ornament with sage, sweet grass and echinacea and another created an origami eagle while most of the class used acrylic paint to produce the final design.

Vermont

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The School of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales – Vermont is diverse and beautiful. We chose to represent the unique individuality of our state and each other. Creatively we used our state list to inspire our thoughts and ideas. Our color palette was limited but this didn’t hold us back. We watched trees grow, butterflies land on clovers, bees pollinate, did some bird watching, tasted maple syrup and apples, traveled down colorful fall roads, visited our history, landed on mountain tops and even had a siting of “Champ” from Lake Champlain. We loved every moment of our journey!

West Virginia

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Robert L. Bland Middle School – The 8th grade students from RLBMS had the tremendous honor of creating these ornaments in art class to represent our state. The inspiration behind them came from a West Virginia artist Charley Harper. The students referenced his work to create Cardinals using oil paint pens on one half of the ornament in his visual style which he called minimal realism. On the other half, they created our state outlined in gold and filled with gloss white. The remaining area of the ornament is adorned in red and green polka dots outlined to match the state shape in gold.

American Samoa

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Leone High School – The students representing Leone High School in Pago Pago, embraced western and island culture, by creating ornaments that were bold, vibrant, and depicted a sense of humor. Some ornaments focused on environmental elements, while others show a relaxed, fun sense of the spirit of island life. The students’ art teacher wanted them to express themselves by showing individuality, while working as a group to highlight the uniqueness of American Samoa. The students did an awesome job in showing the richness, and warmth of American Samoa – which is emphasized, and reaffirmed with each ornament.

Colorado

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Grand Mountain School – Using our school motto, “A school for the mind; a home for the heart,” middle school students from Grand Mountain School in Widefield School District 3 designed ornaments based on their home of Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Under the guidance of their art teacher, students were given complete agency in their creations, exploring various design techniques in regards to color, shape, space, and texture. We are very honored to be included in the 2019 National Christmas Tree Display. From our home to yours, Happy Holidays from Colorful Colorado!

Florida

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Suwannee High School – Select art students from Suwannee High School in Live Oak, FL were chosen to create images that represent the essence of Florida. When one thinks of Florida, typical thoughts of white sandy beaches and sunny days come to mind. However, living in a farming area, the art students wanted to give a glimpse into the many facets of rural Florida life. From majestic animals to sprawling farmlands, Florida holds a plethora of experiences for all to enjoy.

Idaho

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Timberline High School – Idaho is an incredible place to call home. The students of Timberline High School were challenged to paint a unique selection of scenes that depict the natural beauty of the Gem State in all its magnitude. We were inspired by our collective experiences and present our ornaments as a celebration of what makes Idaho great: our nature, our biodiversity, and perhaps most important our shared stewardship to keep Idaho’s lands healthy and vibrant for generations to come!

Kansas

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Cheney High School – Twenty-four Cheney High School students and their art teacher Shawny Montgomery all clicked their heels together three times and agreed “there’s no place like home” and then jumped in to create ornaments representing their home state of Kansas, the Land of Oz. Known as the Sunflower State and bread basket to the nation, Kansas grows more wheat than any other state in the Union. Students were inspired by all things Kansas and Christmas; wheat, sunflowers, tornados, state animals, reptiles, and of course, we could not have made Kansas ornaments without including The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, Toto, The Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, and Witch are all represented in the ornaments that were hand sculpted with air-dry clay and embellished with Christmas decorations. Two-dimensional artists chose to paint or draw scenes from Kansas, such as our beautiful Flint Hills, fields of sunflowers, beautiful skies, rippling wheat fields, and the Emerald City itself. All ornaments were adorned with a bow, sunflower and glistening Christmas “snow.”

Maryland

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North Hagerstown High School – E/W Interstate 70 meets N/S Interstate 81 in Hagerstown, MD. This cross over defines our “Hub” nickname and school Mascot. We are within driving distance of Western Maryland lakes and ski slopes, Ocean City, MD, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.. Rural roots, Civil War Battlefields, College campuses and quick, city access make Hagerstown an awesome combination of agriculture, history, suburbs and big city trends. Our Art 1 students have showcased their marketing skills as they expressed iconic Maryland symbols. The Maryland flag, crab and oriole bird were popular inspirations. Maryland traditions like summers on the beach and winters on the slopes were represented using real materials like sand and pine branches. We hope that Marylanders can appreciate our efforts and unite with pride in our love for “The Old Line State”.

Mississippi

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Florence High School – We have had a great time designing and creating the ornaments to be hung on the Mississippi tree. There was a small group of students that worked on this project with a range of talents. Medical Science students, an incoming Freshman, a softball player, and AP Studio Art students all participated. It took this group of diverse students to make this project a success. They are all very excited for the opportunity to put Florence High School in Florence Mississippi on the map. These students have a variety of art techniques that make their art stand out, but the main thing is that they don’t shy away from using art to express themselves.

Nevada

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Sedway Middle School – Teaching a Life Skills class has many challenges. Many of the students have challenges that others take for granted. So, the inspiration came from a place of empowerment. The process was an exciting journey. Many of our ornaments were reflections of what transpired from their minds to the bulb. To see the finished product was a feeling of “I did this!” The students were so proud of this accomplishment as minute as some will perceive. Our theme was “I define!” It gave the students a feeling of belonging to a cause that will be displayed and admired during this holiday season nationwide.

New York

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Averill Park High School – Averill Park High School is honored to have been chosen to represent New York State for the 2019 National Christmas Tree Experience. Our students enjoyed the process of research and discovery surrounding the wonderful aspects of our great state. This project evoked a sense of community and pride throughout our district on many levels. Our students chose topics ranging from state flower, tree, beverage, bush…to our cities and mountains. Students were able to expand upon their understanding of varied media and technique through problem-solving and innovation. Additionally, this opportunity inspired and strengthened pride in our great country.

Ohio

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Firelands High School – Sophomore through Senior art students wanted to present 24 different ornaments to symbolize Ohio. The hard part was narrowing down our list of potential topics. From notable Ohioans to our natural resources, from our special places and events and even our variable weather we conducted research and developed our designs. They marveled at new things they didn’t even know about Ohio. The students chose to interpret their individual designs through reverse-painting the interior or enclosing a small sculpture. We are very honored to be selected to represent Ohio this year.

Puerto Rico

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Ernesto Ramos Antonini Fine Arts School

Tennessee

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D-B EXCEL – Digital Arts students from D-B EXCEL, in Kingsport, TN, choose to pursue the arts through a digital medium. The ornaments for this year’s National Christmas Tree celebration were created through Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop capturing the essence of Tennessee. Depictions throughout the state’s three regions can be seen within the 24 designs. Students were given the freedom to select the design program, regional theme, and the overall format and artistic concept for each ornament. From landscape design to iconic representations of unique individuals from the area, the art encapsulates the entire scope of the state. Images such as, Dolly Parton, vistas of the Smoky Mountains, the neon lights of Nashville, and assorted images of the state associated symbols were incorporated into the designs.

Virgin Islands

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Arthur A. Richards K-8 – White sandy beaches and aqua blue waters surround the United States Virgin Islands, which locals enjoy and the tourists seek out, especially in the winter. Students at each grade level at Arthur A. Richards K-8 school on the island of St. Croix participated in creating ornaments that are inspired by island life. The students focused on the natural beauty including: sailing at sunset, snorkeling, seeing leatherback turtles and topical fish. The students also depicted changes in farming with old Danish sugar mills and tractors. Each island has its own carnival with St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Festival coming soon, so the students painted a carnival dancer and mocko jumbies.

Wisconsin

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Red Creek Elementary – Wisconsin’s ornaments are inspired by art from all over Wisconsin. The students from grades kindergarten to 5th grade were part of the fun interactive creative process. Kindergarten created the painted paper for the honey bee. First grade created the blue paper is used to create the Karner Blue Butterfly. Second grade created robins the state bird and prints of a sugar maple tree. Third grade drew and painted beautiful bovines and wood violets. Fourth grade created the paper that made the robins. Fifth grade felted cranberries and drew woodland creatures. Ho-Chunk ribbon applique is also part of the design.

Arizona

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Grand Canyon Unified School District – The ornaments representing Arizona were created by students of the Grand Canyon Unified School District located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Uniquely, we are the only K-12 school located within a National Park. Participants ranged from Elementary to High School students. Middle and High school students created the designs using various mediums like painting, sculpture and drawing. The elementary students K-5 worked collaboratively to design and produce ornaments. This year is the Grand Canyon National Park Centennial, with many students deciding to celebrate that in their design. The artists’ also drew inspiration from the holiday season, as well as symbols of the state, including the state bird (cactus wren), state flower (saguaro), and state tree (blue palo verde). Several of the ornaments reflect the people of Arizona, with Mexican Folk Art influence and aspects of Native culture, specifically Navajo and Hopi.

Connecticut

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House of Arts, Letters, and Science (HALS) Academy – Students at The House of Arts, Letters, and Science (HALS) Academy, excel academically and love to showcase their talents. Creating and crafting the Connecticut ornaments provided an opportunity to do so. One eighth grade Art class of 25 students teamed together to create ornaments utilizing the art of paper folding, tied ribbon, and glitter in order to craft the final product. The Connecticut State Flower, the Mountain Laurel, both beautiful and hardy, was chosen as the centerpiece of the ornament as it represents the qualities of perseverance and resilience that we see reflected in our HALS students. The ribbon on the top, whose colors represent Long Island Sound, forests, granite, and autumn leaves, is Connecticut’s tartan. This endeavor allowed our students to express the strength and beauty contained in both themselves and our beautiful state.

Georgia

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Valley Point Middle School – Valley Point Middle School’s art students were honored to be selected to create the 2019 Georgia state ornaments. Students worked collaboratively to generate ideas and concepts for the ornaments’ design, and ultimately chose to use acrylic paint on both the inside and outside of the ornament in order to convey depth. Ornaments feature a range of Georgia’s natural beauty and rich history. From our emblematic state peach to the Georgians who have shaped our state and nation, Valley Point students worked hard to portray our state’s many treasures. VPM’s students are grateful to have been given this opportunity to share our state pride. We hope to keep “Georgia on your mind.”

Illinois

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Harlem Middle School – Inspired by Illinois’ strength, diversity and love, this uniquely designed ornament was created by twenty four 7th grade art students from Harlem Middle School of Loves Park. The circumference is surrounded by a four strand braid representing how we are diverse and unique as individuals yet stronger and more beautiful when we are together. Symbolizing strength, aluminum leaves were fashioned from our state tree, the white oak, which holds onto most of its leaves throughout winter. In the center is our state along with the words, “Peace and Joy from Illinois.” The painted heart pendant conveys our love for one another.

Kentucky

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Adair County High School – Our state has a rich collection of cultural elements, historic landmarks, and historical figures to boast. The sights, sounds, and flavors of Kentucky were a large influence. A few ornaments depict the well established horse industry in Kentucky. The bountiful landscape of Kentucky is depicted in a few, including both our National Parks. The music and song of traditional folk and Bluegrass inspired some. And if it ain’t Kentucky made, it ain’t Bourbon. The wildlife of Kentucky also made their way onto some of our ornaments. I hope they are well received as a cohesive collection of all things uniquely Kentucky.  

Massachusetts

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St. James – St. John – These ornaments depict historical landmarks and other unique characteristics of this beautiful New England state. Seventeen novice artists participated and created ornaments that represent notable places and people such as the New Bedford Harbor, which is the #1 fishing port in the United States; the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Boston Freedom Trail, Emily Dickson, The Mayflower, Plimoth Rock and other well-known aspects of the Commonwealth. Even the state dog, the Boston Terrier, will be present on our state tree. Students painted the images using acrylic paint after sketching them on paper ornaments first, and they finished them with a sealer to add durability for the outdoor display. Excitement abounds in our tight-knit school community!

Missouri

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Carthage High School – What a joy and honor our students had to represent Missouri this season! Our 3D Design and Advanced 3D Design students created mixed-media ornaments with polymer clay, paint, and various found objects. We started brainstorming for our designs by thinking about our favorite places around our home state, and the wonderful memories we create here. Our students collaborated on each ornament. Creating small sculptures was exciting and challenging. Our ornaments feature well-known monuments around Missouri, including the St. Louis Arch, state capitol building, Missouri’s Zoos, state animals and more! We chose to finish each ornament with gold ribbon to “tie” our collection together.

New Hampshire

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Belmont Middle School – To complete our ornaments, students at Belmont Middle School in grades five through eight attended weekly work sessions in the art room. They used a variety of materials to create both three dimensional and painted ornaments, each illustrating the symbols of our great state of New Hampshire. They are very proud of their work and are honored to contribute their creations to such an amazing event.

North Carolina

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Bethel School – Located in the Mountains of North Carolina, Bethel Middle School students created ornaments that represent an Appalachian Mountain Christmas. The students worked with acrylic paint to create snowy mountain scenes complete with barns, Christmas tree farms, cozy cabins, and skiers. We are proud to represent North Carolina and to share a little bit of Christmas from the western North Carolina mountains.

Oklahoma

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Coweta High School – Coweta High School Art Club students designed the 2019 Oklahoma ornaments. Students drew inspiration from their state symbols and personal experiences. Several of the students painted both the inside and the outside of the ornaments to create a dynamic three-dimensional illusion. The scissortail flycatcher, our state bird, perched on a limb captures this style. Other ornaments are like a view finder discovering scenes of the Dust Bowl and a collaged leather buffalo grazing in the snow. Additionally, the 3D ears of the raccoon embellishes his personality. Some subtleties of the landscape were caught in the waving wheat, the Indian Paint Brushes blooms and Indian grass seen throughout the state. These students took pride in developing their designs and representing the State of Oklahoma.

Rhode Island

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Exeter-West Greenwich High School – These ornaments are the work of six art students and their two teachers from the wonderful Exeter-West Greenwich High School. This group had the availability to complete this project as it fit into their curriculum exploring a variety of media and techniques. They gained experience working in a client/designer format and enjoyed working collaboratively to try to portray their creative and colorful state. We worked as a group collecting interesting facts and ways to illustrate them. We discussed a variety of techniques and materials, and explored the resources on hand. Finally, each student claimed the ideas most appealing to him/her. The two art teachers helped on designs to lighten the workload of such a small group, and to utilize a team collaborative model.

Texas

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Lyford Middle School – Lyford Middle School is located in deep south Texas about 30 miles from the Mexico border in the historic Rio Grande Valley. The student’s hand painted the ornaments with imagery that will conjure up feelings of the great state of Texas. Some students painted bluebonnets, the state flag, and the world famous Texas longhorns. Others drew inspiration from our booming energy & agriculture industry including images of both oil derricks and the rolling cotton fields. Some students did a great job of capturing the beautiful Texas sky utilizing warm colors to make the viewer feel at home just like anyone visiting Texas should.

Virginia

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Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology – The Virginia ornaments were created by the National Arts Honors Society Chapter of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, in Petersburg, Virginia. These 24 ornaments were inspired by the symbols synonymous with Virginia and its historical icons or landmarks. Our students either painted directly on the ornament or sculpted a  3-dimensional scene inside the ornament. Imagery ranges from Edgar Allen Poe, Dogwood blossoms, The State flag, Chesapeake bay, Natural Bridge, Carter’s Apples, and of course our state bird, The Cardinal. 

Wyoming

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Wyoming Indian Middle School – Wyoming Indian Middle School is located in the community of Ethete on the Wind River Reservation, and our students are members of the Arapaho, Shoshone, and other tribal nations. Eighth Grade students created an ornament symbolic of their history, culture, and traditions while also representing the horse culture of Wyoming. Our ornament is made of laser cut watercolor paper painted with acrylic paint. The ledger style horse is painted red symbolizing life. The evening star represents our clear night skies. The traditional design for mountains, in blue, symbolizes the headwaters flowing from our beloved Wind River Mountains from which our reservation is named. Water is life.

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