In AP Studio Art we are constantly pushing the envelope and trying to push ourselves to produce high quality art while meeting the strenuous demands of the rigorous portfolio schedule. The class is a college level class in many respects. This week however, we took a break from all of that to help others. We left the art room and took our talents to River Hills West Health Care Center in Pewaukee, WI. Jackie Contreras our contact there asked if we could paint the windows and bring some fall cheer to the building. The class created a design and plan for the window murals and then organized a Facebook Page to help with the details. It is important to have bagels and other treats while doing community service! I was proud of the leadership and teamwork displayed as the class pulled together to paint. I really just sat back and let them take care of everything. While at the Center students interacted with staff, visitors and some patients. It was a rewarding experience for everyone.
Later that day the Art Club convened for their meeting and I was equally thrilled with the leadership, teamwork and general good will exhibited while in pursuit of art excellence in the design of the mural for the Best Buddies Halloween dance. Best Buddies is a program that serves special needs students at our school. Their dance is a great event and posing in front of the mural for photographs is always part of the fun. The Art Club painted a mural a few years ago, but it was now time for a new one. Collaborating with Ms. Jill Thomas, the Best Buddies advisor we designed a mural that met their size requirements. More importantly it provided the opportunity for students to bond through paint; always a messy and enjoyable endeavor. We also elected officers this week and they helped to organize the painting process including scrubbing walls and floors at the conclusion.
Both groups of students really made me proud of them. Bringing happiness to others through art is such a great lesson.