The art show began from the first steps entering Daves Creek Elementary School early Tuesday evening.
In the school’s entrance hallway, mixed media paintings hung on the walls. Past the cafeteria was a hall where more art hung: square metal workings, giraffes in color pencil, sea turtles in tissue paper and cityscapes from foam stamps. That hallway led into a gymnasium filled with the same art pieces framed and displayed in rows and rows like a gallery.
The number of works of art totaled 1,181 — one for every student at Daves Creek.
“Every single student has something in the show,” said Jodi Bricely, visual arts teacher at the school.
The art was the centerpiece of the 2018 Daves Creek Art Show, the school’s longstanding event that Bricely has stewarded the past several years to celebrate the right side of the brain.
Face painting, a bake sale and a photo booth added a charming festiveness to the event. But the art was the point.
The pieces hanging on the walls and in the gym gallery came out of recent class work. Kindergarteners had read “The Rainbow Fish,” and so they created their own rainbow fish using collage techniques. Second-graders were exposed to architecture as a possible career avenue for artists, so they created their own cityscapes by designing structures on foam, then rolling the foam in printing ink to make a stamp. Third-graders had learned about sea turtles, and so they made their own using a metal embossing technique with aluminum foil.
“Just trying to show how art is connected to other subject areas,” Bricely said.
There were more hands-on experiences, too. Kids used chalk paint to create sidewalk art or contributed to a plastic mural.
Members of the Sawnee Association of the Arts attended for the second straight year to demonstrate various art mediums, from pottery and cartoon portraits to watercolor painting and green-screen digital effects. Families bounced from table to table, watching Mary Negron create delicate ducks out of torn paper and listening to Kris Straukas explain the Zentangle Method of drawing.
In the months leading up to Tuesday, the school had held events for a variety of other subjects: book fairs, choral performances, theater productions, science nights.
Tuesday was all about the art.
“I want to expose the kids to art and show them the importance of that right side of the brain, the creativity, and to appreciate art,” Bricely said. “Come to the art show, view art, and just enjoy looking at it.
“I think that’s really important, and I hope they do too.”