Saturday, Oct. 12, the 26th Annual Scarecrow Festival was held in historic downtown Crystal River. The festival featured carnival games, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, and many booths selling assorted items. The Lecanto High School [LHS] National Art Honor Society [NAHS] had a booth open for face painting.
NAHS does face painting often to raise money for art supplies and the senior show.
“[We do face painting] at football games and will be doing it for spirit week,” said junior Christian Miranda-Boulay.
Face painting presents a new challenge for NAHS artists because it is very different from standard canvas painting.
“[You’re painting] little kids that like to move a lot,” explained sophomore Mikayla Dutton.
“They did a really incredible job,” said art teacher Polly Hilgert.
NAHS members painted designs ranging from dragons to Hello Kitty to Spiderman on kids of all ages.
“I painted a bullseye around a bruise on a little boy’s forehead,” said sophomore Monica Foster.
“[I painted] so much. A lot of butterflies, which kids seem to be obsessed with for some reason. I also painted a sleeping baby’s face,” said sophomore Miranda Foster.
NAHS members do not participate solely to raise money, but also for fun.
“I like the reactions when kids really like it,” said Miranda-Boulay.
“The kids would smile, and say ‘Wow, that’s really good,’ and parents would take pictures right away,” said Hilgert.
“[I participate] as often as I can,” said Dutton.
NAHS earned $370 painting cheeks, half-faces, and full faces.
Art teacher and NAHS sponsor David Brown said, “We earned about $40-50 more than last year.”
“It was a beautiful day, very busy with lots of people. Everyone was really nice. It was fun,” said Hilgert.