The 10th annual Pasadena Unified School District student art exhibit “No Boundaries” has now opened in the Shops on Lake and will run from Feb. 27 through March 13 to honor the National arts Education Month in March.
From the commencement of the art exhibit, Proud parents in the jam-packed room watched their kids run with excitement to their art piece.
“I was really proud and nervous of my art going up,” said Makenay Magallong, a second grader at Willard Elementary. “I’ve entered art before at fairs but nothing like this. Being up here is just something to be proud of.”
Makenay’s mother, Penny, a teacher at Willard, was present with her daughter walking around and admiring other student’s art.
“this event is great and fantastic for students,” said Magallong, “students get that opportunity to show their parents what they do and have something on display for many other people can see.”
Not only parents but school officials like, the Superintendent of PUSD, took a big part in this and were present for this event and were able to see what students of the pasadena schools were capable of.
“This is an example of the good things happening in the community,” said Brian McDonald, superintendent of PUSD. “Strong public education benefits the community, it ensures that we have a thriving community and it helps us further democracy, so examples of good things happening in our public schools is certainly good for our community.”
There are about 600 student art pieces on display, and the different usage of materials to create their art range from charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, acrylic, fabrics and many more. Students were free to use what they desired and all of them pulled of a great bundle of work.
“Art, it’s a practice,” said Jennifer Olsen, district art educational coordinator of PUSD. “You have to practice to get better at it, and when we have art education in our classrooms, our kids can create these kinds of art, so it’s a way to highlight their efforts and the effort it takes to make art.”
Teachers too had a big role in the student’s art, many of them motivating students to make a piece. An example of this is an art piece called “Mad Scientist” done by second grader Tristan Tan, which was assigned by his elementary teacher.
“We asked students to first invent a character that you can write a story about, because you will be writing a story,” said second grade teacher Mr. Mulder, “that’s essential because now its real and now they have to write a story, so they could think about what they want to draw, is it going to be a hero, princess, ogre, monster, anything you want and now you have to make a portrait, you haven’t read the story yet but you kind of think about it, this student drew his character on top of a cardboard with acrylic paint that was donated by the local hardware store, after he finished the drawing the character he now just had to think of a story.”
“What this does is it ties visual arts to spoken or written language, it gives the story on how we connect subject matter to make it more meaningful for the student, and by the local hardware store giving the students acrylic paint for free this shiws the spirit of the community.” added Mr. Mulder.