March is Youth Art Month, a nationally recognized program that emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes the importance of art appreciation for all people. Sponsored in Texas by the Texas Art Education Association, the state has been a leader in Youth Art Month celebrations since the program began in 1961.
The theme this year is “The Power of Art.” According to Simon Schama, “The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation and rip us from our default mode of seeing. After an encounter with that force, we don’t look at a face, a color, a sky, a body, in quite the same way again.”
In January, Santa Fe ISD art students participated in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Contest. The artwork is divided into five categories: colored drawing, mixed media, monochromatic drawing, painting and 3D and judged by the rodeo’s School Art Committee. Districtwide we had over 191 entries with 47 first place ribbons, 102 second place ribbons and 39 third place ribbons.
Art is both a valuable means of self-expression for many young students and an important part of a well-rounded curriculum. Art programs help students develop initiative, creativity and discipline — traits essential for success in and outside the classroom. Moreover, educators are finding that the arts help to nurture the right hemisphere of the brain and is exactly what the left-brained curriculum needs to create the new thinking skills leading to creativity. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the arts are becoming the characteristics of the most successful schools.
To highlight the value of art programs to students throughout the state, The Bullock Museum is pleased to once again host artworks created by some of Texas’ most promising visual arts students. The Bullock Museum gives its proud support to the state and the TAEA through this annual exhibition. Throughout the month of March, the museum’s third floor Austin Room is home to an exhibition of 100 pieces of student artwork created by K-12 students from across the state. Visitors will enjoy works in a variety of media that speak to Texas students’ experience of the power of art to transform their lives.
The Texas Education Agency in Austin has graciously invited TAEA to display artworks selected from the annual YAM State Capitol Exhibit in their hallway galleries. A selection of student artworks representing quality Visual Arts Education programs from Texas public school districts and private schools are showcased in this exhibit. TEA also sponsors annual exhibits from the Senior VASE Gold Seal winners.
On May 9, the district art teachers will host an art gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Elizabeth Yaws Cowan Education Center, 4133 Warpath Ave., in Santa Fe. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade will have their art available for viewing and purchase. All proceeds will benefit the art programs at each campus. Please join us and support these talented and aspiring artists.