On Thursday, March 14, the Garrison School held an art show of art created by K-3 students the same night as “Move It 2,” a music and movement concert performed by students from the same grades. The art show was coordinated and executed by Garrison fifth grader Solana McKee with help from Garrison School art teacher Coulter Young.
The first of two art shows this year, this event was the result of Solana’s award-winning grant application in the Garrison Children’s Education Fund’s (GCEF) 2012 grant-writing contest. This time last year, Solana submitted a grant to the school’s foundation requesting funds to support two art fairs at the Garrison School in 2013. Her grant summary stated the purpose of the request as giving Garrison students the opportunity to “express themselves through their art.” Solana went on to explain that the “Garrison School has many talented artists, and it would be very beneficial to see their artwork on display.”
Solana’s grant requested funds for mats and a mat cutter that would help create a professional display for each student’s artwork. After winning the contest, Young mentored Solana as they set up a timeline for the shows and got to work planning the first event including selecting the work of famous artists for students to study as part of their art history curriculum.
The next show will take place in May and feature artwork created by Garrison students in grades 4-8.
The Garrison School announced that students’ artwork will be displayed at Artsonia, artsonia.com, an online art museum for children. Fans of Garrison School’s student artists can view the school gallery online at artsonia.com/schools/Garrison16. Family members may purchase keepsakes imprinted with a student’s artwork such as canvas prints, mugs and T-shirts with 20 percent of the purchase price going back to the Garrison School’s art program.