Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SJS Visual Arts Festival 2016

Student artists, families, friends, neighbors, and teachers came out to celebrate the visual arts at Saint Jude School!  And, oh, what a wonderful evening! 

Art builds community and nowhere was that more true than at our annual visual arts show: 

 Visitors of all ages created together on our collaborative weaving. 

Robot superhero sculptures 
took over the library!  Everyone enjoyed scanning QR codes to watch videos where each sculpture talked and explained their superpower. 

Sixth graders demonstrated clay techniques and taught curious visitors about the art and history of face jugs.

 "CREATION STATION" is always THE PLACE to be. 
This year artists of all ages designed Keith Haring style dancing figure puppets.
Thee were precut figures for the youngest artists, figures to trace for the more advanced, and directions for designing your own figure for the most experienced artists.  (I need to find those directions and will post a photo in case YOU want to try your hand at it! )

Block Printing
Students have been drooling over eighth graders' Andy Warhol-style Pop Art Block prints in the art room for weeks and have been SOOOOO curious.  Thanks to our eighth graders (soon to be graduates) who volunteered to demonstrate the block printing process and let visitors try their hand at it! 
(To my art teacher friends: all carving tools were safely locked in the art room closet. Strictly block printing here :)

And lets not forget the reason for the season- Visual Arts Show season, that is.  Halls filled with the sounds of student artists happily sharing their artwork and learning with loved ones.  

And what would a night out be without some refreshments? We appreciate 8th grade volunteers and their teachers who provided food and drink for all! 

A special thank you for this very creative handmade gift presented to me by a thoughtful family: the most beautiful artist's paint set ever! 

Lastly, very special thanks to our principal and many teachers who supported this community event and helped make it possible! Oh what a night! 

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