Updates from the Art Classroom!

unnamed (6)Soon after the first weeks of school, lower school students begin asking with excitement, “Will this be going to the art show?” The art show they speak of doesn’t even happen until March. These students hope their work will be chosen as part of Youth Art Month held in March each year at the Anderson Arts Center. As a private school, we are allowed to submit only 10 entries.   Next, art center judges choose winners out of the hundreds of pieces. This year New Covenant School had one of its students win an award. Eighth grader Carley Shore’s work won an AnMed Award. This means her work will be professionally mounted and displayed at AnMed Hospital for a year beginning in June. Other representatives were: Katie Bradshaw, Malachi Woody, Drew Rountree, Clay Bechtel, Ella Holley, Savannah Smith, Katie Skaar, Blakely Ritter, and Christa Nyagah.

Students have learned what a special honor it is to be selected to represent our school in this way. After the entries are turned in to the arts center they are displayed alongside artwork from students across all of Anderson District Five.

Our 3rd-6th grade students had the opportunity to visit the arts center and see the artwork during Youth Art Month. While there, they also took a pottery class with one of the art center instructors.

unnamed (7)Our high school art class has spent the semester learning to paint with acrylics. After a few weeks of basic instructions, each student was set free to create paintings inspired by things they love. They will also get to visit the Anderson Arts Center. However they will see the juried art show and work with clay on a pottery wheel. If you have never tried it, you’d be surprised by how difficult it is to keep a lump of clay from flying off the wheel.

Deacon Shaw, Art Student of the Month

unnamed (3)Our High School art class gives students an outlet to express themselves freely through creativity and gives them a moment to escape from their worries. Nevertheless, focus, dedication, attention to detail, and excellence are the standards.  The Upper School Art Student of the Month is one who gives his or her art projects all these things. This month Deacon Shaw is our Art Student of the Month. His work stands out because of his attention to detail and desire to create excellence. Congrats to Deacon!

Linlee Keese, Art Student of the Month

unnamed (2)The lower school art student of the month is selected for exceptional ideas and execution of his or her work. This month we recognize Linlee Keese. Linlee follows the directions for the art projects, but almost always asks if she can add an idea of her own. Recently she asked if she could make some parts of her art piece 3-D. In art class creative ideas show growth. It shows that students not only understand the concepts being taught, but also that they can use them in their own unique way. Congrats to Linlee for consistently demonstrating this.