GREENVILLE — Surrounded by watercolors, pencil drawing, collages and various ceramic artwork, members of the community gathered Monday evening to view artwork created by students and take in the artistic atmosphere provided by the fifth annual K-12 Spring Art Exhibit at Greenville High School.
With artwork created by a range of students, from kindergarteners completing their first year of education to high school seniors awaiting the early chapters of adulthood, this year’s exhibit features a unique gallery that will have visitors spending time browsing through a large variety of artistic craftsmanship.
With several of her own projects on display, 17-year-old senior Cayla Watts was reminded of her own inspiration to pursue art as she watched young students browsing through other students’ art projects on display in the high school lobby.
“When I was a freshman, I would walk by the art classes and see people doing ceramics and that’s why I took art. I saw it and said ‘I have to do that,’” Watts said. “I hope this exhibit makes them want to continue with art. I hope they see these projects and want to continue with their work.”
Approximately 20 to 25 selections of artwork created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade were chosen by art teachers throughout the district such as elementary school art teacher Kat Mcquillan.
“The kids really look forward to being selected for this display,” Mcquillan said. “We look for work that is done with quality workmanship, as well as the students showing great ideas and bringing forth great creativity.”
Ten Choice Awards were handed out to art projects chosen by guest judges, which included administration and board members.
Selections of art ranged from two-dimensional pieces such as pencil drawing and watercolors, as well as three-dimensional selections including impressive works created in the high school ceramics classes.
For 16-year-old junior Rylee Korsky, the opportunity to have her artwork on display was a thrill, especially with hundreds of members of the community on hand to observe the exhibit Monday evening.
“For me art is a passion,” Korsky said. “I’ve loved art ever since I was little. I want that to be my career, I would like to be an art teacher.”
The exhibit will continue to be on display at the high school through May 10. Members of the community can observe the exhibit by attending other various events at the high school, such as four elementary school concerts to be performed throughout this week.
“The students are so proud,” said elementary school art teacher Linda Schink. “I had one of my students tell me they were so excited because it was their first art exhibit. They enjoy coming to see things that their classmates have made as well and these skills carry over into other classrooms.”