Second grade students got creative Thursday. Glen Rose Elementary School hosted its 2013 Art Festival, inviting artists from across the community to school.
The artists shared tips, tricks and skills in various mediums. From three dimensional works in pottery, sculpture, mosaic and porcelain to abstract painting, collages, paper crafts and more, the lessons took a hands-on approach with students getting to give the crafts a shot.
In addition to the artists, other volunteers descended on the campus, ushering students to the various art stations and offering lessons in art history. From Andy Warhol and Leonardo Da Vinci to M.C. Esher, Frederic Remington and more, volunteers donned costumes portraying great artists from various genres and time periods, providing a biography and sharing their works.
At one station, local sculptor Margaret Drake showed how she forms skeletons for her sculptures out of medal rods before forming the body of each piece with clay. She even showed off finished bronzes.
In the classroom with Drake, students were provided wooden blocks they used as bases for their pipe cleaner sculptures while Drake showed how human and animal subjects can be recreated to exhibit various movements.
In another room the school's art teacher Jeff Gottfried had students squealing as they took on abstract painting. It was an unconventional lesson using non-toxic tempera paints and earth worms as paint brushes. The students dabbed paint on paper, laying the worms in the paint. The worms then appeared to dance across the paper, leaving an abstract trail of art behind.
At another station, students created Google Doodles, which will be submitted in a contest "Doodle 4 Google" sponsored by the search engine. Students are asked to create an image depicting their "best day ever." One winner will be selected from entries from students across the country. The winning image will be displayed on Google's homepage and the student will receive a $30,000 college scholarship while their school is awarded a $50,000 technology grant.
While the opportunity to walk away from writing and arithmetic and delve into a full day of arts education may not happen on a regular school day, students delighted in the opportunity.
"Wow, this is the best day ever," one student said, while sketching the day on a piece of paper to submit to the Google sponsored event.