Taft Elementary Art Show Held
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Taft Elementary School art teacher Jennifer Czumak and the school’s PTA worked in conjunction with Washingtonville High School art teacher Lara Held and 25 National Art Honor Society members to create this year’s annual art reception on Feb. 2.
Patrons’ senses were delighted as they strolled the gallery set up inside the school gymnasium where hundreds of works of art from students K-5 were displayed on partitions and pedestals. In addition, the high school students set up tables for art instruction that including drawing, watercolor, clay/sculpture, fashion, and face painting.
Students from high school teacher Rob Leonard’s media and journalism classes interviewed organizers, artists, and patrons for the district’s BGTV channel, which is accessible through the school’s website.
Every year, the art show brings together Taft students who meet and are instructed by high school students, which they themselves will become in a few short years, while the art honor society students have an opportunity to teach young children and the media students get to interview adults outside of their high school sphere. For parents, the annual event displays the art and media curriculum continuum in the Washingtonville district from the youngest grades where creativity is stressed to the oldest grades where a more matured creativity merges with practicality and production.
The Little Britain Elementary School Art Expo will be held on Apr. 20, the high school Empty Bowls event will be held on Apr. 28, and the High School Art Show will run from May 11-14. The Round Hill Elementary Art Show was held Jan. 19.
CAPTION: Washingtonville High School art teacher Lara Held (in foreground) stands among guests and art instruction tables at the Taft Elementary School annual art show. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)