(MARIETTA, OH) - Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo all were in for some heavy competition Tuesday night as students of Phillips Elementary School gathered to show off their favorite works of art during the school’s annual art show.
Artwork from the school’s kindergarten to fifth grade students graced the walls of all three floors, and the kids say the week of the art show is always the most beautiful the school looks throughout the year.
Phillips art teacher Jann Calendine says the turnout for the event was better than she could’ve imagined, and that the enjoyment students and parents get from seeing their own art—as well as that of their friends and siblings—is a fulfilling experience.
“That’s why I’ve done it every year. It’s worth it for the kids to be able to enjoy the show, and you can feel the building come alive,” says Calendine.
Art, though, wasn’t the only talent on display as several Phillips students sang for a good-sized crowd as part of the night’s musical entertainment.
Phillips fifth grader Mackenzie Warrener sang a strong rendition of Carrie Underwood’s hit “Good Girl.” She says she was a little nervous at the start, but enjoyed singing for the most part.
“I was a little nervous, but I knew the song by heart,” she says.
Mackenzie and her classmates all performed under the direction of music teacher Matthew Britton, who says the true art of music comes from its ability to help people express themselves.
He says music should be fun for the students, and can help them build self-confidence.
“Rather than exposing kids to the idea that they have to be perfect and live up to the expectations of people on television, they should instead have an opportunity to stand up and say, ‘I am going to give this a try,’” Britton says.
Students and parents stayed for the full two hours of the art festival--which ran from 6 PM until 8 PM—soaking in all the creativity on display. You can see some pictures of the artwork on our Twitter page at WMOANews.
The next major event for Phillips Elementary is their annual last day of school celebration on May 29. Last year, the weather was too cold for the fire engines to make an appearance, but—weather permitting—officials expect the fire hoses to be dousing the students and staff this year.