Top of the World Elementary School’s PTA recently received a generous grant of $2,000 from the Festival of Arts Foundation, which will be used to support the school’s art programs such as Art Masters, Local Color and Arts Night.
Art Masters is a visual arts program that works with an accredited art educator that teaches each grade level about masters such as Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. Each unit includes a lecture presentation to introduce students to an art master through grade-level stories and slides, followed by student practice in style and technique.
Another TOW Art program is Local Color, a lunchtime program for students where local artists collaborate on art projects with students. The children watch brief demonstrations and then create their own work in that style and medium. Past events have included sculpting, painting, jewelry making, and collage.
At Arts Night, families and friends come together for an evening showcasing the artistic talents of students in The Dolphin Gallery, a non-competitive art show featuring one visual arts piece from each student. Student musicians provide entertainment and musical ambiance.
TOW’s PTA appreciates the grant, said president Stacey Johnson. “Arts programs inspire young children to a lifetime of artistic expression.”