Artistic differences

Liberty students practice a variety of art forms.


Margaret Paty plays bass in the Liberty orchestra

Art can be many things. Liberty students show the diversity of fine art every day, whether it be with a pencil, pen, bow or drumstick.


One day, seventh grader Addison Blair picked up a pencil out of boredom and started drawing.


“The inspiration came out of thin air,” she said.


Blair designed the cover of this year’s student agenda. She said the cartoon style of the agenda is one of her favorites.


Seventh grader Chase Hatcher is also a student artist. He was featured in the Edwardsville Arts Center in sixth grade with his cityscape project from the perspectives unit in art class.


Hatcher says he taught himself to draw with YouTube. He also said he learned more advanced techniques in his art class at school. Although he doesn’t want to pursue a career in the fine arts, he said he is interested in architecture as it contains aspects of drawing.


Both Hatcher and Blair said their favorite art pieces were made while listening to music. Another aspect of fine arts at Liberty is the music program.


Started two years ago, sixth grader Lance Klingensmith plays percussion in band. He says he enjoys playing songs with his friends.


“My favorite [song] is ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ … it has a really fun theme,” he said.


Eighth-grader Margaret Paty plays bass in the orchestra, as well as piano and guitar outside of school.


“I play bass because not many people do and it seemed like a lot of fun,” she said. “I play guitar because of Taylor Swift and… piano because it is very versatile.”


Paty is playing guitar and singing Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” at the Liberty talent show on Friday, Sept. 27. She said the song is her favorite to play on her guitar.


“I just love the message and how it sounds. It is so much fun to play,” she said.


Music can be helpful to express yourself, according to Paty. She hopes to keep it in her life as an adult.


“So much of my early childhood has had music in it,” she said,” so music has always just been there.”