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Sherman ISD Holds Texas Sized Art Showcase
Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the Texas Big Art Day Showcase hosted by the Sherman ISD Visual Arts Department. Creative works by SISD art teachers and students will be on display for the Texas-sized, single-day art event celebration today, through the end of March, in honor of Youth Art Month in Texas. Each campus has planned activities to honor the day by creating and displaying Texas-themed artwork, hosting gallery walks and unveiling the new Bearcat Art Gallery at Sherman High School.
“We really could not think of a better day to open the new art gallery than on Texas Big Art Day. It is perfect.” SHS Art teacher Sherry Young explained about the grand opening of the Bearcat Art Gallery that will display student artwork at SHS.
“The gallery is right in the front entrance of the school, and anyone visiting our building will eventually end up in the gallery,” Young said. “We have talented students, and we constantly put their work out in the community. I think having this art gallery at the school is something that we all can appreciate and enjoy each day.”
Texas Big Art Day raises awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our schools and communities. SISD Elementary Art Facilitator and teacher Jennifer Fosheé believes the day is essential because it gives art teachers in Sherman ISD the opportunity to showcase their art program and develop community relationships.
“One of the goals for SISD Visual Arts is to enhance community involvement in art through programs and events,” she explained. “Art has always had a long history of bringing people together. We want students to be able to experience an engaging Big Art Day while fostering community relationships.”
Parents and community members are an integral part of Big Art Day and have been invited to participate in campus activities. Sory Elementary will host a gallery walk for parents during lunch time that will showcase students’ Romero Britto inspired heart collaborations and more. Wakefield Elementary is promoting an art literacy focus by having students listen to stories and create a work of art in response. Washington Elementary will host an all-day art corral for parents to make art with their child at different stations throughout the school. As an added touch, local artists have also been invited to the campus to create live art pieces throughout the day.
“The art stations for Big Art Day at Washington provides everyday objects or basic art materials,” Fosheé said. “We hope that families can walk away with that experience and perhaps carry into their homes.”
To keep up with the Texas theme for the Big Art Day showcase, Dillingham students created artistic Lone Star state flags that will be exhibited throughout the school, and Neblett Elementary students made Texas inspired artwork and signs that explain the importance of art education. Piner Middle school students set up various stations inside of their art classroom for students and parents to create decorative flowers and ladybugs to celebrate the springtime weather in Texas. Crutchfield Elementary students will have an exciting lunchtime experience with a Texas-themed painting demo led by the student art club, and Jefferson elementary students will rotate throughout the day between three different art stations focused on different types of art creation. Fairview Elementary will round out the Big Art Day campus activities with students creating artistic birds that will be displayed on the campus PBIS day later in March.
To see additional photos and coverage of Texas Big Art Day Showcase, be sure to visit the Sherman ISD Facebook page and Twitter page.
The new Sherman High School Bearcat Art Gallery will open tonight at 6pm until 7pm for families and community members.
SISD Elementary Art Facilitator and teacher Jennifer Fosheé believes the day is essential because it gives art teachers in Sherman ISD the opportunity to showcase their art program and develop community relationships.
Piner Middle School will be displaying student artwork throughout the month of March.
Mrs. Baker’s Kindergarten class at Sory Elementary are watercolor painting armadillos for Texas Big Art Day.
Neblett Elementary students made Texas inspired artwork and signs that explain the importance of art education.
Washington Elementary had a live artist and several stations for Texas Big Art Day.