Town Hall hosts student calendar art show

By Grahame Winters Slogesky - ReminderNews
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jan. 10, 2013
Jordan G., a second-grader at Nayaug School, drew his family portrait. About his teacher, Jordan said, ‘She taught me how to do detail, foreground and background, and positive and negative space.’ Photos by Grahame Winters Slogesky.
Jordan G., a second-grader at Nayaug School, drew his family portrait. About his teacher, Jordan said, ‘She taught me how to do detail, foreground and background, and positive and negative space.’ Photos by Grahame Winters Slogesky.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Every artist was first an amateur,” but stroll down the upper hallway of Glastonbury Town Hall, and you might believe you were surrounded by the works of the most professional of artists.

Glastonbury’s School Calendar Art Show and Reception, featuring works by Glastonbury’s public school art students, was held Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Town Council chambers at Town Hall.

The hall was crowded with young artists, their families, teachers and other guests, admiring the work on display created by students from kindergarten through high school.

For the last 23 years, Glastonbury public schools has published a school art calendar, featuring student artwork on the cover and each month of the year, some months featuring multiple pieces, created in a variety of media. The works of art were selected from all nine schools. The show is an exhibition of the art work published each year, and will remain on display in the Town Hall’s lower gallery through mid-April.

Dan Roach, director of art for Glastonbury public schools, organizes the calendar. Roach said, “The pieces are selected by each student’s ability to reflect the depth and breadth of the town-wide curriculum, as well as artistic merit.”  Roach selects the pieces each spring from each school’s annual art show.

According to Roach, the media vary – drawing, painting, collage, carpet tooling – anything that is a good representation of the curriculum and has artistic merit is considered for inclusion. Roach said it gives the schools the chance to “display fantastic artwork and help the community understand the curriculum, too.”

Following the reception, students attended the beginning of the Board of Education meeting, where each received a commemorative plaque noting their accomplishment. “The Board of Ed. supports this very diverse curriculum; it is a great opportunity for our students,” Roach said. “In fact, our school calendar received the Top Award for Excellence in Communication by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.” The calendar is distributed to everyone within the school community free of charge and features important information and key dates and events for all nine schools.


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