Emma Rice put in 180 hours on her Nature Wildlife Advanced Color & Design art piece.
The East Union High started doing work using prismacolor pencils on 36 individual tiles back in September.
“I finally finished it at 3:40 p.m. on Monday,” said Rice, who won first place and Best in Show at Tuesday’s annual Visual & Performing Arts Show in the EU Black Box Theater.
This her second year in teacher Jeff Moring’s Advanced Art class. Last year, Rice had two first-place pieces from the local art show entered into the Manteca Unified District Art Show.
Her Tiger drawing took home a first-place ribbon.
Rice’s tiled art piece was more ambitious project.
It came as a suggestion from her teacher. “Mr. Moring believed I could do it,” she said.
Rice hopes to continue using art as a creative outlet. She will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall, majoring in Biology.
As for the art show, Moring noted that students displayed their works in Intro to Art, Advanced Art, Color Design, Ceramics, 3-D Art, and Graphic Design (formerly Digital Photography).
The top three in each category including an honorable mention will move on to the upcoming district-wide event.
The EU art show, in addition, featured performances by the choir, band, drum line and the theater group.
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