VSA Festival 2015!

Another VSA Festival is in the books! This year 8 classes joined in on our takeover of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens! The weather was just the right temperature and with four tour groups, we felt like we owned the place!

A HUGE thank you to the Cummer for hosting our students and all of the thousands of students around Jacksonville!! We had a BLAST!!

Enjoy this gallery of pictures from our magical day of ART!IMG_3159

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Our Hand-in-Hand Art Show @ the Cummer NOW!!

We have a show currently on display at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens!! The show features the work from our VSA Artist-in-Residence program with Mrs. Huffman and Ms. Hill’s homerooms. We worked with Heather Heywood, an amazing art teacher for this project! Enjoy the pictures of the opening reception and make time to go by and see the students’ work on display until June 1st!

Up next: the VSA Festival!!! One of our favorite events of the year!!

Fantastic student work on display!

Fantastic student work on display!

Koi ponds by the students in Ms. Hill's homeroom

Koi ponds by the students in Ms. Hill’s homeroom

Koi ponds from Mrs. Huffman's homeroom

Koi ponds from Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom

A few walls of space for our students' work...

A few walls of space for our students’ work…

Solar System pieces from students in Ms. Hill's homeroom

Solar System pieces from students in Ms. Hill’s homeroom

Collaborative pieces created with our visiting artist, Liz!

Collaborative pieces created with our visiting artist, Liz!

Heather and Liz, our Artist-in-Residence and Guest Artist for this amazing program!

Heather and Liz, our Artist-in-Residence and Guest Artist for this amazing program!

A few more walls of space featuring art from Alden Road student artists!

A few more walls of space featuring art from Alden Road and Palm Avenue student artists

Adventures with a Guest Artist from The Cummer Museum and VSA!

We are in the middle of an exciting project with the VSA and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens! We have a guest artist working with Ms. Hill and Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom classes! Ms. Hill’s homeroom works with Ms. Heather (our guest artist) in the art classroom, so naturally we have been taking lots of pictures to share! Enjoy the pictures of our adventure so far and be on the lookout for the art show displaying these piece in a couple of weeks!

Koi Pond Art!

Koi Pond Art!

Another koi pond-so many textures and colors!

Another koi pond-so many textures and colors!

A third koi pond

A third koi pond

The artists working on creating planets for a Solar System Art piece.

The artists working on creating planets for a Solar System Art piece.

Steve smiling for the camera while his classmates are hard at work. :)

Steve smiling for the camera while his classmates are hard at work. 🙂

Our most recent adventure: Solar System Art pieces! In the foreground a student is sponge painting her outer space background.

Our most recent adventure: Solar System Art pieces! In the foreground a student is sponge painting her outer space background.

This student just completed her Solar System Art piece. Beautiful!

This student just finished splatter painting her Solar System Art piece. Beautiful!

One of the completed pieces.

One of the completed pieces.

Another student artist adding final touches to his piece.

Another student artist adding final touches to his piece.

Stay tuned for more pictures to come soon! We have three more classes until the big show opens on May 5th!

Beautification Day: Spring Edition

Hello!! Sorry for the gap in posts!

We have been wildly busy creating art of all kinds and working with a guest artist in the classroom! Before you get a peek at the artwork we’ve been creating, we wanted to show you a few pictures from our school’s spring beautification day!! This past Friday, April 10th we rolled up our sleeves and got to work outside the classroom, weeding and replanting our classroom flower bed!

Enjoy the pictures and come by to see our new and improved school grounds!!

Early morning weed pulling...note the overgrown flower bed!

Early morning weed pulling…note the overgrown flower bed!

Mimi isn't afraid to get her hands dirty!

Mimi isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Notice the huge pile of weeds behind Eric!

Notice the huge pile of weeds behind Eric!

Showing off those dirt covered/hard working hands!

Showing off those dirt covered/hard working hands!

We're getting there...pull by pull

We’re getting there…pull by pull

Karen and Amber working together to pull the last few weeds

Karen and Amber working together to pull the last few weeds

Our landscape team coming to the rescue with some gardening tools!

Our landscape team coming to the rescue with some gardening tools!

A crew of helpers arrived!

A crew of helpers arrived!

Brandon leading the team!

Brandon leading the team!

No dirt left unturned....

No dirt left unturned….

Mimi supervising the crew

Mimi supervising the crew

She's not sure about all that dirt yet...

She’s not sure about all that dirt yet…

Cameron trying his hand at some gardening work...

Cameron trying his hand at some gardening work…

Courtney sifting the dirt through the screen table

Courtney sifting the dirt through the screen table

Final touches on the mulch layer

Final touches on the mulch layer

And done!

And done!

We can't wait to watch these ferns grow!

We can’t wait to watch these ferns grow!

Art Show Tomorrow Night!

We have one more art show reception scheduled for this spring and it is TOMORROW NIGHT!!! Tomorrow: Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30 we will reveal one final show (that we know of) at the South Mandarin Branch Library at 12125 San Jose Blvd!

We hope you can join us for this exciting collection! This show features a variety of projects from our program including some Aboriginal Art, New Years Fireworks Cityscapes, Pop Art, and various other pieces!

See you tomorrow evening…oh and here’s a preview 🙂

A view of one side of our display

A view of one side of our display

A closer look at a panel including a new years art piece, two Aboriginal animals, and two ink and watercolor pieces

A closer look at a panel including a new years art piece, two Aboriginal animals, and two ink and watercolor pieces

A closer view of another panel...

A closer view of another panel…

A variety of pieces from our class

A variety of pieces from our class

Full side of a display

Full side of a display

A view of some Pop Art Wheelchair paintings on the other side of the display...

A view of some Pop Art Wheelchair paintings on the other side of the display…

Pop Art Wheelchair art piece from Fall 2014

Pop Art Wheelchair art piece from Fall 2014

The view from behind the circulation desk :)

The view from behind the circulation desk 🙂

Art and Healing Show Success!

We are still smiling from the excitement of our successful art show reception and art show opening at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church this Wednesday!! What an incredible display of work by the Women of Vision, Art Witha Heart, and our Alden Artists!

The art of our students was such a shining example of their hard work and we are so thrilled to have this partnership with such a passionate group of art supporters!

Thank you to Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and the Art Ministry!!!

Enjoy the pictures of the show and if you missed the opening, the art will be on display until March 18th! Stop by and see the work of the talented artists involved with all three of these groups!

A written piece about the show.

A written piece about the show.

The beginning of our display by one of the entrances.

The beginning of our display by one of the entrances.

A written piece about our program and work.

A written piece about our program and work.

The pieces were paired according to color...

The pieces were paired according to color…

Such stunning work!

Such stunning work!

Love these combinations!

Love these combinations!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Our work displayed: relief prints and prints from our Art Roll Event!

Our work displayed: relief prints and prints from our Art Roll Event!

Another view of our students' work down this hallway.

Another view of our students’ work down this hallway.

A few show patrons...do they look familiar?

A few show patrons…do they look familiar?

A picture collage of some of the pieces :)

A picture collage of some of the pieces 🙂

An piece about the Women of Vision

An piece about the Women of Vision

Two pieces by the Women of Vision artists

Two pieces by the Women of Vision artists

Wonderful art piece by one of the artists from Women of Vision

Wonderful art piece by one of the artists from Women of Vision

Two more examples of the talent in the Women of Vision group.

Two more examples of the talent in the Women of Vision group.

Again–don’t miss a chance to see the work in person! The show is up through March 18!

Art Show Coming Up!!

Art And Healing InvitationWednesday, January 28th marks our second art show: Art and Healing: Visions of Hope and Transformation!!! This show is organized by Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and will include artwork from our art students, the Woman of Vision, and Art with a Heart!! We are SO EXCITED to be a part of this special exhibit!

The reception will be held from 5:00-7:00pm in the Transitional Gallery in the sanctuary narthex (see flyer image for more details). We hope you can join us for the reception and/or visit the show (it runs until March 18th)!

Pictures of the reception to come!

Art And Healing Invitation (PDF version of invitation)