PWCS student artists pursue their passion during summer break
Posted on 07/24/2018
Students display artwork during Summer Enrichment ProgramNearly 100 aspiring young student artists participated in the annual PWCS Summer Art Enrichment program held this month at The Nokesville School. Students in grades 2-8 took inspiration from living artists, famous and local, to complete a variety of projects over the 10-day program. Middle school students even created sculptures based on drawings done by their second-grade peers.

This intensive program offers studio experiences beyond the art instruction students receive during the school year. Students are grouped by grade level with PWCS art teachers, and explore 2D and 3D traditional and contemporary media including: drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, graphics, and mixed-media.

Adeline Bishop, a rising seventh-grader at Benton Middle School, has participated in Summer Art Enrichment the past five years.

"I come back every year because every year is different with new ideas and fun things. And the teachers are great," remarked Adeline.

After his first experience, Pennington Traditional School rising third-grader Samuel Rodriguez-Quiceno is hooked.

"It was more than I expected! I thought we would draw and paint, but we also made sculptures with materials that we use every day and then throw out," said Samuel. "I would definitely like to come back next year."

Students showcased their artwork in a culminating exhibit held on the last day of the program. Paula Voith, parent of two participating students, was impressed by the display.

"I am just amazed at the opportunities that the children have to explore the arts in different media," commented Voith. "They're able to work on their art for two full weeks, so my children love it and would go all summer if they could."

Student artists interested in next summer's Enrichment Program should ask their art teachers for more information, and check pwcs.edu beginning in March 2019.