As the first-graders gathered around Judi Young, some worried that the owls they were making did not really look like owls at all.

As the first-graders gathered around Judi Young, some worried that the owls they were making did not really look like owls at all.

"That's what makes them cute," she assured them. "They are all your own, and they're not perfect!"

Young, a Galloway artist as well as wife and mother, served as artist-in-residence at Worthington Estates Elementary School for the week of Nov. 14. She taught students at all grade levels to make torn-paper collages - something like the ones she makes and sells.

Young did not follow usual channels to become the school's resident artist. She was "discovered" by an art teacher there, Libby Trott, at Old Worthington Market Day, an art and crafts festival.

"Libby liked what she saw," said Young. "My art is kid-friendly. It is fun for kids to do."

Her collages are whimsical paper collages, often animals or people. She makes them from all kinds of paper, from wallpaper to wrapping paper to magazine pages.

She exhibits and sells her pieces at shows like Worthington's Art Festival and Market Day, and in shops. Fritzy Jacob's, in Worthington, has carried her creations for several years.

"Worthington is such an art-loving community," Young said.

During Young's week at the school, Younger students made collage owls. Owls are the school's mascot.

Older students made collages of "habit people," characters from Stephen Covey's book, "Seven Habits of Happy Children."

On Young's last day at the school, she and a small group of students planned to make a "habit tree," which will be on display on the school's leadership day in December.