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.
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.