Thursday May 07, 2015
South Burlington High School (SBHS) recently held their annual Fine Arts Festival. SBHS art teachers, Kim Kimball and Lisa Divoll-Painter, along with current art students, invited the entire student body and staff of the district schools to see the exhibition and enjoy refreshments. The studios were transformed into gallery spaces with hundreds of pieces of artwork on display including artwork from introductory, intermediate, and advanced art classes. Three-dimensional works, from clay pots to fierce looking paper-mache dragonheads, were also featured.
A highlight of the Fine Arts Festival has always been the “senior boards.” Members of the class of 2015 presented a collection of their individual artworks in an arrangement of their own design.
Along with the comprehensive high school art show, the Visual Arts Department presented a K-12 exhibit. This display was the tenth of its kind in South Burlington and featured the developmental nature of the art program through the grades.
Artists, at various grade levels, exhibited the results of the K-12 “Fantasy and Fairy Tales” theme this year. Elementary, middle and high school students completed images of castles, dragons, fairies, kings and queens. For the younger audience members attending the evening event, there was a dragon-making craft, along with face painting and a clay mask making station. The studios were filled with creative energy and excitement about the arts and achievements of students in the visual art classes.
Throughout the evening, music students performed wonderful instrumental and vocal selections. The Chamber Singers filled the gymnasium with delightful vocals under the direction of Aimee Bushey. With guidance from David Grippo, a jazz trio gave a sample performance. The evening was finished out with the World Drumming students, directed by Christina Toner, performing selections, such as Boboobo, to the delight of audience members.
The SBHS Fine Arts Festival annually highlights the arts opportunities available to South Burlington students and honors the hard work of the “arts” students. Throughout the year, students were creating, collaborating, communicating, producing, reflecting, and performing. They were also addressing the Common Core Standards and Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements. Kimball adds, “Bravo to our students on their very successful authentic involvement in the artistic process and human experience.”