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Jacksonville Elementary School Announces 9th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Jacksonville Elementary continues Parent Art Program and Art Exhibition THURSDAY, March 21st, 5-7:30

For the Love of Art, by Alaya Metwally

For the Love of Art, by Alaya Metwally

Students at Jacksonville Elementary School have learned about perspective, pointillism, color and collage.  They can tell you the difference between fine art and illustration – realism and abstraction.  A unique partnership of parents, teachers, administrators and community members study and teach art in K-6 classrooms to bring their students an excellent art program.

Between October and March, parents lead the students through projects designed to teach art basics such as shape, color, line and texture.  Parent volunteers are in the process of teaching 20+ projects to their students.  They’ve introduced students to the work of master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Albrecht Dürer, Eric Carle and Henri Matisse.  They’ve exposed students to a wide variety of materials and techniques that include: paints, pastels, clay, wire, textile and gourd.The support received from teachers is also outstanding.  They participate in every art class and help students understand how their art relates to other subjects.  The program, first introduced and managed by local artist and teacher Tami Lohman, continues in good health, due in large part to incredible parent volunteers and staff support. JES has had the program in place since 2005.

Tami Lohman helps an art student prepare before the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in Jacksonville, Oregon

Tami Lohman helps an art student prepare before the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in Jacksonville, Oregon

“Kids love art…and art teaches them so much – like planning, estimating and spatial thinking.” 

~ Tami Loman, author of Jacksonville Elementary’s art program curriculum.

Special thanks to the caring businesses and organizations that have donated to or helped support this Program or Art Exhibition to date:  The Jacksonville Review, Art Presence Art Center, Cammy Davis, Anne Brook, Willow Creek Gift Store, Artisan Landscapes, Inc., Southern Oregon Orthopedics, Jennifer Dollarhide, Southern Oregon Clay Distributors, Lions Club of Jacksonville, and the parents of Jacksonville. Without the support of these generous organizations and individuals, the children in our school would not experience the high-quality program we are able to bring them.  We are so grateful for your support!

This year’s Art Program themed “For the Love of Art” will hold its 9th Annual Exhibition in the Jacksonville Elementary school gymnasium on Thursday, March 21st, from 5:00-7:30.  Art will proudly be displayed and the whole community is invited to attend.  Refreshments, music and inspiring art is provided.  Please join us for this fun and exciting event!

Note: Arts in education are more important than many understand and are becoming even more important with the changes happening in the current and future job markets. Yet funding for arts programs continues to be cut with every move made to trim down the budget in Washington D.C., so every surviving art program needs help from the community to continue. For more information about how you can help support the art program at Jacksonville Elementary, look for Jessicca Haynes, the Art Program Chair, at the show and have a chat, or contact her at [email protected]

Below: Tami Lohman now teaches art at St. Mary’s School. Her 2012 students created dragon heads for Jacksonville’s annual Chinese New Year parade, then became dragons! At the same time, her St. Mary’s colleague Betsy Moore’s students had a show of Valentine’s Day art at GoodBean Coffee, located at the starting line of the parade. Far from merely whimsical hearts, each piece represents a student’s practice of specific combinations of artistic techniques, demonstrating lessons of increasing sophistication learned in classes by young children to preteens. The art and fun had by both sets of students shows how art in public schools can not only expand the curriculum, but helps to involve them in the community and provides important confidence and identity building to cap the vital abstract thinking and collaborative problem solving skills art instruction is known to cultivate in young minds, all of which are necessary to prepare students to set themselves apart from the crowd in today’s job market. Click any image to view a larger version, and please, support art education in public schools!


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