Cambrian: Opinion

Coast Union students’ Scarecrow Festival letters, Oct. 29, 2015

Editor’s note: The following are letters to the editor written by members of Suzette Morrow’s 3D art class at Coast Union High School following their participation in the Cambria Scarecrow Festival.

Thanks to Las Cambritas

I would like to thank Las Cambritas for letting me built a 3D scarecrow. I would also like to thank the Mrs. Morrow for allowing us to build a scarecrow.

This was an amazing experience. Building the scarecrow was a lot of fun and was a little tricky to do, but with the help of my teacher I accomplished it and was thankful. I would also like to thank everyone who helped out and put out the scarecrows. I would like to keep on building more scarecrows every year.

Ashly Colin,

CUHS art student

Thanks to teacher, San Simeon chamber

I was one of the students from Coast Union High who participated in making scarecrows for the annual scarecrow festival in Cambria. I would like to thank the art teacher, Ms. Morrow, for the educational experience and helping to find props for my scarecrow. I would also like to thank the San Simeon Chamber of Commerce for giving me the opportunity to make this scarecrow. Finally, I would like to thank all the students in my art class for helping me make this scarecrow.

Sage Deack,

CUHS art student

‘The value of work and support’

I am a student in the 3D Art class at Coast Union High School. The students in this class make scarecrows for businesses for the annual Scarecrow Festival, so this year I was able to participate with them.

It was an exciting and great learning experience for me and my fellow students to have the responsibility of completing a job for an actual business. I constructed a scarecrow that represents Mother Nature. I used materials such as flowers and dried grass to give her a real earthy feel. She reaches out to an apple blossom tree, designed and built by Hayley Zinn, that complements her nicely.

Overall, I learned important lessons about the value of work and support. I had to work hard to finish my scarecrow in a timely way, but it was worth it because I now have a sense of what it is like to have a job in the real world where deadlines are very firm. It was also an amazing bonding experience for the whole art class, as we supported each other and helped out when someone was struggling. That helped us all keep a positive attitude. So, first I would like to thank my classmates for making this experience memorable, specifically Hayley, for always being there to help and collaborate.

Centrally Grown has also been awesome to work with, and I thank them for allowing me to use my creative license. I would also especially like to thank my teacher, Ms. Morrow, for giving us this fantastic opportunity and for working extra hours to help us finish our projects. I would also like to thank the scarecrow committee for making this whole event possible. I love this event, and it is so special because it really brings this community together for love of creativity, scares and laughs. What a wonderful fall celebration for our beautiful coastal town!

Meg Stern,

CUHS art student

‘More than just an art project’

I would like to take this chance to thank Fermentations and Coast Union High School for giving me an opportunity to participate in this year’s Scarecrow festival. It was a wonderful experience and one that I will never forget, but to me it was more than just an art project, it was a welcome into my new home, Cambria, California.

Riley Kennedy,

CUHS art student

‘Great example of real-life jobs’

For my 3D art class, I had the opportunity to make a scarecrow for the Cambria Scarecrow Festival. In the beginning of this class, I was really nervous because I really did not want to make my scarecrow look bad and I also had to make sure it was done on time.

Making the infrastructure of the scarecrow was the hardest thing about the process, because you had to make sure everything was in place and that it wouldn’t break apart. The most fun part about this project was painting the cupcake head and painting little sprinkles on it.

It was great seeing all of my classmates and what they were creating. It was delightful comparing everyone’s projects from beginning to end because you could see how much work, effort and time everyone put into making their scarecrows. I really enjoyed this project because it was unlike any other project I have ever done for school. It was a real-life situation where you had to talk to a customer and provide what that customer needed on the day he or she needed it.

This project was a great example of real-life jobs, and I enjoyed being exposed to this because there hasn’t been a project like this in any if my classes before. It opened my eyes in various ways about what it is like to work wit h other people and deliver a product that has a deadline. I would like to thank A Matter of Taste for giving me the great opportunity to use my creativity to make a scarecrow.

Lupita Castañeda,

Coast Union High School

‘Thanks a latte’ to Cookie Crock

The scarecrow festival is cool. I had tons of fun making the giant minion scarecrow.

Thank you to the Cookie Crock for giving us the opportunity to make this scarecrow. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this happen. I learned so much and it was a fantastic experience.

Thanks a latte.

Lindy Lane Ortiz,

CUHS art student

A fisherman from a small town

This year’s scarecrow festivals was truly fantastic. Last year, I made a human-sized humming bird for the El Colibrí hotel. This year, once again, I was given the opportunity to bring life to a pile of Saran Wrap, some clothes, and a wig.

Nathaniel the fisherman grew up in a small Midwestern town. After college, he moved out west with his wife and kids to pursue his dream of becoming a professional fisherman. He now stands out in front of the Creekside Inn. While I may have been the one who put him together, there were so many other people involved in the process. Creekside Inn actually paid for me to provide them with a scarecrow. That money went right into our art department here at Coast Union.

Thank you so much to anyone who volunteered free time to transport the scarecrows from school and to the businesses. That was a huge job, and we really couldn’t have done it without you.

Lastly, I really just want to thank our art teacher, Mrs. Morrow. She gathered supplies, contacted businesses, taught us what to do and how to do it, and helped every student individually. It was such crazy project, and I’m so glad we had such an awesome teacher to help us through it.

Once again, thank you so much to anyone involved in the 2015 scarecrow festival. I'm sorry I won’t be here next year to do it all again.

Sam Light,

CUHS art student

‘A great experience’ with scarecrows

My name is Alfredo Palominos, and I am a student at Coast Union High School. I am in my junior year at this school, and I’m glad to be at this school. In the past years that I have been here I have seen fellow students and friends be in the 3D design class and create scarecrows. I have seen great scarecrows being made from them, and I wanted to see for myself how it would feel to build one.

This year I finally got the chance to build one myself, and it has been a great experience. I want to thank everyone who donated clothes and helped put the crows up. It really helped us. Thank you so much!

I also want to thank Mrs. Morrow because of this great experience I had creating a scarecrow for our community.

I also want to thank the San Simeon Silver Surf for letting me create a scarecrow for them. This has truly been a great experience that I will never forget, and hope to do this again.

Alfredo Palominos,

CUHS art student

Managing time wisely on deadline

I had an amazing experience creating my apple tree scarecrow for Centrally Grown. I would like to thank Centrally Grown for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

During the process, I learned how to properly make a Scarecrow, and how to manage my time wisely while on a deadline, an experience I will need in my life for school projects, college and future jobs.

On the other hand, I learned how to work closely with my partner, and listen to her critique concerning my side of the project.

At the same time, I learned how to be creative, with the tools, and resources, I was given.

Above all, having only limited materials, I learned valuable critical thinking skills. By working with only certain materials on hand, I created, learned and adapted to changing circumstances. By doing so, I was able to make my project a success.

Moreover, during the weeks of technical teaching, procedures and directions, I felt honored to have produced something for our community; thus helping to support the Scarecrow Festival.

Finally, I would also like to thank the members of the scarecrow committee for having the imagination and talent to turn October into a festive month for our town. Their efforts have enriched all who live here, and the many visitors who come to our town to look at the magic which are our scarecrows.

Last but not least, thank you to the volunteers who helped move my enormous scarecrow project to its new home at Centrally Grown.

Hayley Zinn,

CUHS art student