Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence (WGA) students kicked off National Arts in Education Week at the Harris Hill Administration Building. Art teacher Kathleen Hodges and campus mascot Sebastian the Snow Leopard helped district administration celebrate by distributing student artwork Sept. 4.
As part of a graphic T-shirt design challenge, WGA art students rewrote famous taglines from advertisements or came up with powerful statements about the arts. The one-of-a-kind designs were displayed throughout the school, including hallways and classrooms. Expanding the reach of the campus-based project, central office staff were asked to show support for the arts by displaying the student-created drawings on their doors or cubicles.
"The arts teach kids how to stay focused and offer many opportunities to collaborate," Hodges said. "They increase a student’s self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. The arts connect us with our world and our diverse cultures. What students learn in their arts classes spills over into their academic classes as well."
National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of arts in education.
See highlights of WGA's visit in the photo slideshow.
Photos courtesy of Kathleen Hodges.