PIQUA — Approximately 600 young artists who attend Piqua City Schools will have their work displayed this weekend at Piqua Central Intermediate School, where the public will be welcome to view the district-wide art show.
“Hundreds of students, parents, and family come each year, making it one of the only events that I know of in the district that involves K-12,” art instructor Sarah Fromholt said of the show, which runs from 1-5 p.m. “We encourage students that don’t have art in the show to come as well and enjoy the cookies and punch.”
The purpose of the Piqua City Schools Art Show, now in its 16th year, is to recognize and display the wealth of creative talent in the community’s youth, Fromholt said.
“In the midst of standardized testing season, it’s easy to understand the importance of a creative outlet. I often tell my students that everything they wear, sit on, drive, and watch on television is touched by an artist. The art show reminds us that test scores won’t help solve the world’s problems,” she said.
“Art teaches our students critical problem-solving skills and individuality through experimentation. Art education is a vital part of a Piqua City Schools education and our art show is a reminder of that importance.”
Various media are represented in the art show, including ceramics, mosaics, painting, sculpture, paper mache, drawing, and stop-motion photography (claymation).
“Even I don’t know what all will be at the art show. It’s a fun surprise to see all of the great ideas that our art teachers come up with,” Fromholt said. “We also have a teacher table of art where we display a piece or two of our own art.”
A smaller sample of the students’ artwork will be on display during the Taste of the Arts celebration on May 19 in downtown Piqua. Each school in the district will have work represented on the second floor of the Apple Tree Gallery.
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