Wednesday, April 9, 2014
When it comes to developing an appreciation for the arts, the younger the better. That attitude has paid off with students at Williamsburg Academy. Children in grades 3K to seventh applied the lessons they have learned to create several works that are certainly impressive.
In an effort to recognize the students' talents the Academy's Development Board and the PTO sought to host a Stallion Showcase of the Arts. The April 12, event will feature dance, song and musical instrument performances. In addition, budding photographers will exhibit their framed prints and students who have a penchant for the culinary side of the arts are encouraged to show off their favorite dish in "Taste of WA."
As for the lower classes, a special silent bid will highlight the superbly crafted pieces crafted under the guidance of Ondra Rogers Hanna. As a member of the Development Board, Hanna (an accomplished artist and author) was invited to guide the students in this particular endeavor.
The children were schooled on the historical significance of some pieces they crafted such as quilled red birds and dogwood blooms. Quilling, or paper rolling was a popular 18th century art form.
Several pieces center on faith. A mirror is framed in Celtic Cross embossings created on thin sheets of brass metal. Embossing, or Repoussé is a metalworking technique where shapes are pressed on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front. The artform dates from antiquity. A 3x3 foot weaving reveals recycled CDs connected together using colorful yarns forming intricate designs.
Other artforms were created for fun such as the five year kindergartener's contribution of marbled hearts created by swirling paint colors into shave cream. Several pieces will be entered in the South Carolina Independent School Association Art Show held in November. For more information about the Stallion Showcase of the Arts contact Amy Wiggins at Williamsburg Academy, (843) 355-6539.
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