MOUNDRIDGE — Students darted around the Moundridge High School gym, but they were not playing a basketball game or participating in physical education — they were looking for the artwork that they or their friends created.

The Moundridge Schools' K-12 Art Showcase was held Thursday, organized by art teacher Kelsi Chisholm.

"This is just a great way to showcase our students and the efforts they do all year round," Chisholm said.

Each grade level learns a different art medium, which may not always include a pencil or paintbrush. Drawing and painting are just two components of art's diverse universe.

"It's important for me, as an art teacher, to find each student's niche," Chisholm said. "The more variety you have, the more likelihood that you're going to find that one thing that a student can really hold on to."

Students at all grade levels were featured in the art showcase, which included watercolor paintings, ceramic planters, wire sculptures and paper cutting art.

"What's neat about the K-5 projects is my high school art students help mentor," Chisholm said. "I give them the tutorial and then my high school kids are the ones working with the littles to help them achieve their final result."

That gives younger students a chance to work with older students side by side, rather than being relegated to watching them from the bleachers during games or the auditorium seats for concerts.

"We have the high school kids go over because I think it's great for them to interact with the little kids and those younger kids really look up to the older kids," Chisholm said.

New to this year's showcase was the addition of entries from other fine arts programs. The family and consumer sciences class displayed potholders, pillows and other sewing projects at the showcase, and also baked cinnamon rolls to sell. The industrial arts class set up examples of woodworking projects and computer aided design schematics, while the mass media class exhibited examples of graphic design work, screen printing and filmography.

The K-12 Art Showcase was capped off with a vocal and band concert.

"I think it's a tribute to the talent of our students," Chisholm said.