Annual Show Displays Academy-South, Academy-North, and New Endeavors Artwork

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Students were able to exhibit their artwork and explain different forms they used to create their pieces.

Students in District 211’s academies showed faculty and staff just how creative they are.

District 211 students from Academy-North, Academy-South, and New Endeavors recently hosted the art show “The Art of Today, The Opportunities of Tomorrow,” at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center. Students were able to exhibit their artwork and explain different forms they used to create their pieces.

“Our third annual art show, ‘The Art of Today, Opportunities of Tomorrow’ was a great success,” said Renee Erickson, director of Special Education. “Our student artists from the Academy-North, Academy-South and New Endeavors programs enjoyed showcasing their talents with visitors to the show. The creative process and sharing their creations has been a great outlet for many of our students.”

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Painting by senior Brandon Rodriguez.

The goal of the art show was for these students to display their artwork to the District 211 community. Although the show was not open to the public, faculty and staff were invited to the event, which provided students an opportunity to show their artwork and practice explaining their pieces to others.

Art mediums included painting, glass mosaics, music, illustration, video, photography, and more. The pieces were typically worked on during art class at school. Many students expressed how art has been a form of release for them during tough times and thought art was an important part of their education.

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Art mediums included painting, glass mosaics, music, illustration, video, photography, and more.

Brandon, a District 211 senior who would like to be a tattoo artist one day, said the art show is a great way for people to visually get a sense of what other students are going through in their lives.

“When I draw, I don’t just draw random things. I draw about something I have been going through or thinking about – I draw about the way my life is going,” he said. “This show is something for people to look at to get a different view on someone’s perspective.”

One of his pieces, he described the inspiration behind it stemming from an argument with his family.

“I thought if someone were stuck in space, that is what I would picture it to be,” he said about one of his pieces. “I am colorful and fun, but sometime I can be anti-social, and this is what that looks like to me.”