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Parents and students admire the talent reflected in the artwork at an exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The exhibit, which will run until May 2, spotlights works by Department of Defense Dependents Schools students in the Kaiserslautern area.

Parents and students admire the talent reflected in the artwork at an exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The exhibit, which will run until May 2, spotlights works by Department of Defense Dependents Schools students in the Kaiserslautern area. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Parents and students admire the talent reflected in the artwork at an exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The exhibit, which will run until May 2, spotlights works by Department of Defense Dependents Schools students in the Kaiserslautern area.

Parents and students admire the talent reflected in the artwork at an exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The exhibit, which will run until May 2, spotlights works by Department of Defense Dependents Schools students in the Kaiserslautern area. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Parents and students study the various art forms exhibited by students from the Department of Defense Dependents schools-Kaiserslautern district in a special exhibition at the Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The exhibit runs until May 2.

Parents and students study the various art forms exhibited by students from the Department of Defense Dependents schools-Kaiserslautern district in a special exhibition at the Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The exhibit runs until May 2. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Anthony Zamor, 10, gets photography guidance from his mother, Leah Zamor, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the opening night of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit featuring artwork produced by Kaiserslautern area students.

Anthony Zamor, 10, gets photography guidance from his mother, Leah Zamor, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the opening night of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit featuring artwork produced by Kaiserslautern area students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Works of art by Department of Defense Dependents Schools students get close inspection at the opening of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Kaiserslautern City Hall.

Works of art by Department of Defense Dependents Schools students get close inspection at the opening of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Kaiserslautern City Hall. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Madeleine Hales, 7, poses for a portrait in front of her ?Flamenco Dancer? colored-pencil drawing at the"Art Shapes the World" exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Madeleine Hales, 7, poses for a portrait in front of her ?Flamenco Dancer? colored-pencil drawing at the"Art Shapes the World" exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor studies some drawings at the opening night of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit featuring works produced by Kaiserslautern area students.

A visitor studies some drawings at the opening night of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit featuring works produced by Kaiserslautern area students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

These drawings are among the works of art displayed at the Kaiserslautern City Hall as part of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit. The exhibit spotlights art produced by Kaiserslautern area students.

These drawings are among the works of art displayed at the Kaiserslautern City Hall as part of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit. The exhibit spotlights art produced by Kaiserslautern area students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A sample of artwork displayed at the Kaiserslautern City Hall as part of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit, featuring art produced by Kaiserslautern area students.

A sample of artwork displayed at the Kaiserslautern City Hall as part of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit, featuring art produced by Kaiserslautern area students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A parent and student admire artwork Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the opening night of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit featuring works produced by Kaiserslautern area Department of Defense Dependents Schools students.

A parent and student admire artwork Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the opening night of the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit featuring works produced by Kaiserslautern area Department of Defense Dependents Schools students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Butch Wilher, a music teacher at Kaiserslautern Middle School, provides a musical backdrop for the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Kaiserslautern City Hall.

Butch Wilher, a music teacher at Kaiserslautern Middle School, provides a musical backdrop for the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Kaiserslautern City Hall. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A colorful cardboard disc, part of a larger display, is among the artworks included in the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall. The exhibit features art produced by Kaiserslautern area students.

A colorful cardboard disc, part of a larger display, is among the artworks included in the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall. The exhibit features art produced by Kaiserslautern area students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

This dramatic pen-and-ink drawing is among the artworks on display at the Kaiserslautern City Hall in an exhibit called "Art Shapes the World." The exhibit spotlights works produced by Kaiserslautern area Department of Defense Dependents Schools students.

This dramatic pen-and-ink drawing is among the artworks on display at the Kaiserslautern City Hall in an exhibit called "Art Shapes the World." The exhibit spotlights works produced by Kaiserslautern area Department of Defense Dependents Schools students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Small ceramic figures add a whimsical touch to the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall.

Small ceramic figures add a whimsical touch to the "Art Shapes the World" exhibit at Kaiserslautern City Hall. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern City Hall is hosting an "Art Shapes the World" exhibit, featuring works produced by Kaiserslautern area students.

Kaiserslautern City Hall is hosting an "Art Shapes the World" exhibit, featuring works produced by Kaiserslautern area students. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Madeleine Hales likes to draw people, Paris, pools and “sometimes people drawing art.”

She sketches so often that her mother, Tami Hales, wasn’t surprised that one of the Sembach Elementary School first-grader’s drawings was selected for the Kaiserslautern area schools’ art exhibit at Kaiserslautern’s City Hall.

“We call her our absent-minded artist,” Hales said while attending the exhibit’s opening night Thursday with her family. “She has a bunch of projects going all the time.”

Madeleine’s “Flamenco Dancer,” drawn in colored pencil, is one of dozens of works of art on display at the “Art Shapes the World” exhibit includes pieces from 10 different DODDS-Europe schools in the Kaiserslautern district. The exhibit runs until May 2.

Parents and students mingled Thursday while admiring a variety of art forms, from ceramic birdhouses and bright-hued weavings to computer-graphic designs and watercolor paintings.

The Overseas Art Education Association, an overseas branch of the National Art Education Association that represents Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe and the Pacific, has been organizing the annual exhibit for the past 25 years, said Terese Sarno, the overseas association’s president and a third-grade teacher at Ramstein Intermediate School.

“We want to showcase our children’s artistic abilities,” she said. “It gives them a wonderful feeling to see their work on display and have people admire their work.”

Many of the exhibits over the years have been held at the City Hall, Sarno said, a centrally located venue that gives the German community a chance to “share in our work.”

DODDS art teachers selected the work of about 100 students to present, Sarno said.

Haley Chappell, a sixth-grader at Landstuhl Elementary-Middle School, said she felt proud to have her micrography design chosen for the show. The project involved making an image of themselves out of black-ink words “that describe what we like to do,” Haley said.

A glance at Haley’s piece reveals a kid who likes to shop, buy shoes and dance, and who is also fond of stars, dots and popcorn.

Haley said she enjoys art because of “all the interesting things that we do.”

The exhibit at City Hall is free of charge; the venue is closed on German holidays and weekends.

svan.jennifer@stripes.com

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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