FISD kicked-off National Youth Art Month with its first district-wide Big Art Day. The concept was developed by former Texas Art Education Association president, Tim Lowke, in an effort to promote the visual fine arts across the state. FISD held campus events in the past, but this year FHS, FMS, FSE, and FNE joined together to showcase some great artwork and lead participants in mini art lessons.
With the help of FISD art students and teachers, attendees created abstract paintings, chalk drawings, monoprints and their own personal flag.
Megan Aguilar, FMS Visual Arts teacher, was excited to highlight the work of her students and celebrate National Youth Art Month with the community. “Every March, schools across the country invite the community to see how students thrive in the arts. Visual fine arts are playing a pivotal role in the lives of students here in FISD,” she shared.
Ms. Tambria Read, FHS Visual Arts teacher, was the catalyst for the event and credits FISD Superintendent, Dr. Sherri Bays, for helping make the first collaborative Big Art Day possible.
“In the spring of 2018, Dr. Bays asked me what she could do to promote our FISD Visual Fine Arts program. I asked Dr. Bays if she would help us hold Big Art Day at the FISD Central Office,” explained Read. That’s all it took to get Big Art Day rolling.
“Fine Arts gives our students opportunities to think critically, collaborate and take risks, all elements of the FISD Portrait of a Graduate. I am so proud of our Visual Arts students and teachers for the work they did to make Big Art Day a success. It was fun to create art with our families and rewarding to see the outstanding work our students have produced throughout the year. I am already looking forward to next year’s Big Art Day,” said Bays.