The Journal of Learning Disabilities has chosen the artwork of Springer School and Center seventh-grader Abby Beutel to be featured on the journal’s cover in 2019. Each year, the scientific journal selects three works of art from those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.
Beutel’s work is an African mask constructed from plaster and celluclay, and embellished with paint, foam and fur. The design for the mask – a lion’s face – was inspired by Beutel’s love of animals. “Our art teacher showed us some pictures, and I decided to design my mask after an African animal – the lion,” Abby said. “My goal is to someday be a veterinarian.”
Beutel is in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.