‘Art of the Patterns’ adorn Louisa Middle School

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Mia Burton, a kindergartner who attends Jouett Elementary School, got an up close look at some  art made by classmates and herself.

Mia Burton, a kindergartner who attends Jouett Elementary School, got an up close look at some art made by classmates and herself.

Amidst hanging ornaments, musical performances and art-adorned walls, Louisa locals were presented a smorgasbord of student-generated masterpieces during the annual Louisa County Public School Arts Festival on Saturday, April 5.

Now in it’s 27th year, the festival has become one of the most anticipated school-run events in the county. Thousands of proud parents, grandparents and friends were in attendance to get an up-close look at a variety of aesthetic works created by students across the county. Nearly every wall, corner and crevice of the Louisa County Middle School gym – the event’s host – was covered with art.

“What we try to do is, even though we hold [the festival] in a gymnasium, is for four hours, for one day, we want to make [the gym] look like an art gallery,” Louisa County Middle School art teacher Gail Carlin said. “I think we pull it off!”

Each year, the festival operates in accordance with a theme. Previous years have included topics such as “Art of Literature” or “Art of the South Pacific.” This year’s theme was “Art of the Patterns.” Most pieces displayed during the event featured a strong emphasis on arrangement and structure while remaining unique to the creator.

Held in a four-hour period between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the festival placed a large focus on attendee participation. Not only were guests able to look through various drawings and observe musical presentations, but also create their own tangible pieces. Instructors gave attendants hands-on demonstrations of skills such as basket weaving, pottery and face painting.

“We wanted this to be a celebration that is inclusive, so that’s why we chose to have things for people to do,” event contributor and retired Louisa County Public School art teacher Ginna Cullen said.

To read the entire story, see the April 10 edition of The Central Virginian.

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