The Houston ISD Visual Arts Spring Showcase at the Hattie Mae White Educational Center this year features more than 600 works of art representing students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Works have been derived from a multitude of art media, including photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, literary works, digital art and art cars.
The show, which began April 26 and concludes Friday, features various works from the first-ever HISD Teacher Art Exhibition, works presented on CW39 and award-winning works from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, HISD Special Education Art Show and many other local and state contest’s participants. An art reception is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, with special selections from the Heights High School Choir under the direction of Stephen Becker.
HISD Visual Arts views every student as an emerging artist.
“I believe you can learn anything given the right tools, motivation and guidance. I also believe every person has a gift to share and something within that makes him or her unique,” Yates High School art instructor Gina Messick Farquharson, curator of the HISD Teacher Art Exhibition that debuted in March, said in a statement. “There is a talent in all of us waiting to be recognized and nurtured. I also recognize for some, talents can be buried deep and take more patience to develop. When creating art, I see students shine with pride, heal through expression, take risks with experimentation and strengthen abstract thought. Creating with imagination can spill over into everyday tasks, making lives just a little more interesting and colorful.”
HISD Fine Arts strives to encourage the leader and artist in every child to help them grasp, comprehend and appreciate the importance of creativity in our global society.
Artwork will be available for purchase from participating teachers, whose information is located on the back of every work so they can be contacted for buying information.
The Hattie Mae White Educational Center is located at 4400 W. 18th St. Find out more about HISD Fine Arts programs at www.houstonisd.org/finearts.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and The Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.