GEMS Showcases the Work of Young Student Artists in Annual Art Night

Target 4. Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Action Step Engage community partners in a focused collaborative inquiry process.

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GEMS’ Annual Arts Night on May 17 represented the hard work and commitment of student artists across the school community.

photo_2photo_3The middle school gym was overflowing with two and three-dimensional artwork by students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Numerous drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, collage, ceramics, photography, and fabric arts were on display.

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This year the Annual Art Show included a new twist. On-site demonstrations and art activities with local professional and student artists were featured. At the drawing table, student artists Mariah S, Ava W, and Hunter T were working on their own drawings and encouraging others.

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8th Grader Emily W painted children’s faces, along with local doll maker and dressmaker Kathy Weiland. Tayor W sat in at her display of dolls and baby dresses.

photo_10photo_149th Grader Bridget W worked on her digital drawings next to St. Albans painter and iPad artist Corliss Blakely.

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Jewelry maker Courtney Pascoe worked with families and children to make beaded bracelets, and teacher/artist Kathleen Simpson had an amazing array of collage materials available for inspiration at the collage table.

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Local artist and designer Jon Tether and his wife Christine helped kids pull prints of some of Jon’s designs on a portable screen printer and artist/teacher Kristen Watson helped children of all ages throw a pot on the pottery wheel which was a first for many!

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GEMS art teachers Ellen Hsieh and Dorsey Hogg helped children make traditional Mexican Ojo de Dios or Gods Eyes with colorful yarns while working alongside volunteers Jane Longley and Anu Gerg at the bubble painting and bookmaking tables.

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GEMS family and consumer science teacher Molly Mara displayed work from her sewing class including backpacks, pillowcases and pin cushions. Ms. Mara also taught children the art of Zentangling! A special shout out goes to Kirsten Fuller for helping with the art show set up!

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Because of all of these wonderful artists, teachers, students and community members, including, technical, custodial and office support, the GEMS ARTS day was a smashing success!

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Thanks to all for joining a celebration of the arts!

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