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Newhall School District hosts annual student art show

Posted: June 17, 2008 7:58 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2008 5:01 a.m.
With classical music playing in the background, kids and their families strolled through the halls of Valencia Valley Elementary School on Wednesday during the Newhall School District's first ever student art show.

The show brought together around 5,000 pieces of art, ranging from Vincent Van Gogh recreations to hanging origami mobiles, which were all made by students from the 10 schools that make up the district.

The art was organized by grade level, ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade, and took up nearly every piece of open space on the walls of Valencia elementary school.

Along with the art, inspirational quotes like, "Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us," were mixed in with the displays.

While walking through the hall, parent Mariah Harris browsed a wall filled with paintings and drawings.
Her daughter, Rachel Rogers, a 9-year-old student at Valencia Meadows, had created a surrealist-inspired drawing.

"Honestly, I'm very impressed," she said about the quality of the art.

Harris was pleased to see art being taught in school, calling it a "crucial part of education."

A multi-purpose room was home to all types of art, ranging from still life drawings to a three-dimensional recreation of the Pentagon building.

As she walked through the room, Karen Deegan of Valencia, a mother of three Valencia Meadows youngsters, said giving kids a chance to experience art is "fantastic."

"The kids love it," she said.

John Fossa, visual arts instructor and coordinator of the event, said the art show was designed to be inclusive and not a competitive event.

"We're all about art for everybody," he said.

The pieces of art, he said, were samples from every kid's art portfolio, which grew with various projects throughout the school year.

Fossa considers art to be a valuable part of a student's education as research shows that being exposed to art increases achievement.

He is pleased that the Newhall School District has included art in its curriculum and looks forward to building the district's art program and future art shows.

"It feels really good to work in a district where the arts are valued," he said.


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