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BGA Middle School artists showcase talent and self-expression

Artist Natalie Jones, Flamingo Mask

Photos by Kerri Bartlett

Colorful self-portraits, mixed media art, sculptures, intricate pencil drawings and other forms of self-expression adorned the walls at Battle Ground Academy Middle School, Tuesday April 9 during an Art Exhibition in celebration of Arts Month.

Alison Logan and Wendi Parker, art teachers, helped students prepare for the showing by encouraging creativity, self-expression and the development of their unique skills.

“Every student has creativity in them, said Logan. “Some might be afraid that they might not be as good as their friends or not good enough to draw or paint, but we promote that everyone has creativity to express in their own way. We help them to build their skills and be proud of their work.”

Morgan Parker Dial, sixth grader- self-portrait

Some of the middle-school artists tackled difficult subjects including social issues as gun control, suicide, bullying and the impact of social media.

Student and adult onlookers were impressed with the showcase of talent found in the works of the fifth through eighth grade artists. 

“We want our kids to be excellent in everything that they do. The arts is of equal importance as academics. It’s a big part of being a human being. It’s humbling that you don’t know what kids are capable of,” Ken Wempe said, who is BGA middle school principal.

“Momentum in the arts is growing in schools at BGA and across the board,” said Nancy Calhoun, president of the Arts Council parent organization. The group holds fundraisers to support the arts at the school.

Skylar Fox, seventh grade, Words Hurt

Wrenne French, Chloe Tremblay and Ally Dunavant, eighth grade, Sold!

Please see below for upcoming events during Arts Month at BGA:

BGA Upper School Theatre Production, South Pacific, April 12-14 – Harlin Student Center

Upper School Retrospective Art Show Opening, April 17 at 7 p.m. – Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center (show runs through April 29) 

Middle School Theatre Production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, April 19-20 at 6:30 p.m. – Middle School Fine Arts Building Lawn

Speech Team Spring Showcase & Coffee House, April 24 at 6 p.m. – Harlin Student Center

Spring Choral Concert, April 29 at 7 p.m. – Harlin Student Center

Spring Band Concert, May 1 at 7 p.m. – Harlin Student Center

All events are open to the community. 

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Posted on: 4/12/2013


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