• Ryan Kik (right) leads the way for community members to participate in a painting
  • Students could help build a sculpture using just paper and tape
  • Student art filled the high school gymnasium as community members dropped by to see the creations on display

Student Artwork ‘Deserves to be Showcased’

Community Gets a Glimpse of K-12 Creativity

by Alexander Sinn  

The creative artistry of Kent City students was on generous display recently, when some 250 community members strolled through a broad collection of more than 900 artworks by K-12 students in the school district's fourth annual Visual Arts day.

"The student artists of Kent City have talent that deserves to be showcased," art teacher Sara Goodrich said of the event at the high school gymnasium. "Their hard work and creative risk-taking is inspirational."

Students were awarded first-, second- and third-place ribbons by art teachers Goodrich and Amy Foster, and artistic excellence ribbons were granted at each grade level for standout pieces. Visitors also participated in sculpture building and painting.

“My goal was to express the beauty of a subject that is often portrayed as grotesque and loathsome,” Ryan Kik wrote of her colored-pencil piece, “If Looks Could Kill…”

A drawing by junior Miguel Arechiga

“Art makes me feel relaxed and in control,” seventh-grader Emmalyn Geers said of her piece, which was awarded for excellence

“I was trying to make it different from the other kids,” third-grader Madison Minnema said  of her drawing of a rooster. “It has different colorings, different designs.”

Kent City student artwork lines the high school gymnasium bleachers

Submitted on: May 19th 2017

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