Organized under the creative eyes of art teacher Ms. Ashley Hankamp, and music instructor Ms. Diane Schrems, the evening spotlighted the wonderful progress that Bauerwood Elementary students are making in the Fine Arts.
Students spent weeks learning to play instruments such as the bells and triangles, mastering several songs, and even learning movement pieces to perform. Titled, “Carnival of the Animals,” songs featured ranged from “Cuckoo, Cuckoo” to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
Thanks to the dedication and long hours of Ms. Hankamp and several parent volunteers, Bauerwood’s hallways were transformed from lockers and linoleum to a virtual art gallery. Dozens of paintings and cityscapes lined the walls of the school with the professional appearance of a top-notch exhibition room.
“At 1 pm all these art pieces were in four huge pallet boxes–parent volunteers made it happen! “Ms. Hankamp said. “There’s no way I could have done it alone!”
With the help of Kids Art Fairs, parents also had the opportunity to purchase their children’s framed creations and send a portion of the proceeds back to the art department.
Mrs. Morse raved about the success of the night–not only were hundreds of parents in attendance (so many so that the grades had to attend in shifts!)—but she was thrilled with the teamwork she saw in her staff. She explained that every person in the building gladly changed their schedules and teaching plans in order to accommodate multiple rehearsals and preparations that had to be made.
Furthermore, Mrs. Morse noted that even classroom teachers lent a hand to help students memorize new songs by playing the music during work time. “It wasn’t not out of the ordinary to walk down the halls and hear kids singing while they were working in their classrooms!”
Of all the work that went into making the Fine Arts Night a hit, it was that teamwork that made Mrs. Morse most proud.
“Diane is amazing and what Ashley can help our students produce is amazing. It’s a complete team effort!”
Congratulations to the Bauerwood staff for an amazing night celebrating the arts! You make us proud.