(MARIETTA, OH) - Paint, crayons, colored pencils, and all other things artsy will be getting a workout as children at Phillips Elementary School prepare for their upcoming annual art show.
The 24th annual Phillips School art show is scheduled for next Tuesday night at 6:30 PM, and students will have an opportunity to show their creations off to parents and peers and enjoy each other’s work.
Phillips Elementary Art Teacher Jann Calendine—who is also directing the show—says people can expecting to see a substantial variety of products of the Phillips’ students’ imaginations at the show.
“We have paintings, line drawings, oil pastels, sculptures—we have all kinds,” she says. “A little bit of everything.”
Calendine says no awards will be given out at the show, because its enjoyment comes from students seeing each other’s work and appreciating their own creativity.
She says art remains an important school subject because it’s all around us and helps represent cultures throughout history. She says it’s especially important in helping students apply concepts they learn to other areas in life.
“It’s an opportunity for (children) to express themselves in a positive way, and they can use this in many careers. If they want to be a doctor, they can learn to think outside the box, so it can be helpful to think in a different way than they might in the regular classroom,” she says
Phillips Elementary principal Joe Finley agrees with Calendine. He adds that art provides a completeness to elementary education.
“Art gives us an opportunity to view students in a holistic way, as well as looking at a child as a whole person.”
And, for anyone who can’t attend the show, we will provide images of some of the artwork on our Twitter page at twitter.com/WMOANews.
Again, the Phillips art show happens next Tuesday May 6 at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be provided and music teacher Mike Dunaway will provide entertainment as well.