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Lower School Students Impress with Creativity at Art Show

Rudy Brandl

Students in PreK(3) through Grade 5 were beaming with pride showing off their fine artwork during last week’s Lower School Art Show. Families and friends roamed the Lower School hallways and Lower Snowdon to peruse the various works and enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate visual art with their children, who were expertly guided by Lower School art instructor Sara McDermott.

With a grand total of 329 artworks in the show, each Lower School student had two to three artworks featured, including watercolor and tempera paintings, mixed media, and sculpture. PreK clay bird nests, JK watercolor flowers, as well as Kindergarten landscapes and animal portraits adorned the Lower School entrance. Accompanying these early childhood artworks were cherry blossom trees and mixed media foxes by first grade, as well as honeybee and cardinal collages by second grade. 

Third grade's Frida Kahlo-inspired self-portraits were a highlight, with the project taking many weeks and a variety of materials to complete. Fourth and fifth grade art decorated the library, along with a collaborative origami installation that attendees of the show were invited to interact with. Additionally, the art room was transformed into a sculpture gallery featuring clay llamas, water lilies, bugs, and wind chimes. Each project incorporated multiple art skills, and was inspired by an artist exemplar and/or enduring theme.