68th Annual Festival of the Arts
Wappingers JHS Students Prepare for Festival of the Arts
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Students at Wappingers Junior High are busy preparing for the 68th Annual Festival of the Arts. This annual tradition of the Wappingers Central School District includes all 15 schools ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade that come together at the historic Mesier Park in Wappingers Falls. This is an event that brings the community and the school district together to celebrate music and the visual arts in a brilliant display of student expression and achievement.
Look for the “What’s the Big Idea” projects in which students were asked to create an artwork that conveys a message about something they feel strongly about sharing with others. The artwork could be 2-D or 3-D, and they had access to any materials in the classroom, as well as any materials they wanted to bring from home. The goal was to combine any skills, techniques, or concepts they learned in class to most effectively communicate their message. Deana Bradford and Kennedy Harkins both love to dance and created a diagram depicting that love. Deana said, “I’m excited to be a part of the festival this year because I have a chance to show off an artwork that represents half my world. I got to make something about dance! People should come check it out.”
Complimentary art-making activities will be available to offer the community a chance to experience a small taste of what students learn in the classroom. Something to look for this year is the WCSD STEAM tent and integrative activities that showcase amazing things happening in the classrooms. So whether you come to look, listen or participate, there will be something here for everyone of all ages and interests.
The festival will take place on Saturday, May 12, in Mesier Park from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Various choral and instrumental ensembles will perform throughout the day, and art-making activities for public participation will take place between noon and 3:30 p.m. The inclement weather date will be Sunday, May 13.
John Jay & Orchard View Students Create Works of Art
John Jay and Orchard View students have been working with mosaics, painting landscapes, and sculpting to create works of art that will be on display at the 68th Annual Festival of the Arts, along with artwork from every school in the district. The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 12, in Mesier Park in Wappingers Falls from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The inclement weather date is Sunday, May 13. The Festival of the Arts is presented by the Wappingers Central School District’s Fine & Performing Arts Department and is free to the public. Come out and enjoy the beautiful and creative artwork of hundreds of students, as well as performances by choral and instrumental ensembles.
Hand Images to be Exhibited at Festival of the Arts
Sixth-grade students at Brinckerhoff Elementary School have created hand images inspired by the anatomy and figure drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci. They will be assembling the drawings on a three-dimensional folded paper format to create an inside and outside view of a hand. The students began by tracing their own hand and using anatomy bone diagrams, as well as observational drawing techniques, to create their two variations of a hand. They used proportion, shape, and line to start their sketches and added detail, value, and color to complete their work. Their artwork will be displayed, along with artwork from all schools in the Wappingers Central School District, at the upcoming 68th Annual Festival of the Arts. The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 12, in Mesier Park in Wappingers Falls from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The inclement weather date is Sunday, May 13. The Festival of the Arts is presented by the Wappingers Central School District’s Fine & Performing Arts Department and is free to the public.