There is great value in displaying artwork. It creates conversation and connections. It demonstrates the pride we have in our students and the pride they have in themselves. Art is meant to be shared and we love sharing what we do. We are lucky and thankful for so many great opportunities to share the student's work within the community and in public spaces.
We are so thankful that our partnership with Kaneko has given us the opportunity to display our student's work in a big, end of the year show. This show helps elevate the importance and value of all the wonderful things the students did throughout the year. The beautiful products display their process, choices and decision making. The show at Kaneko was carefully curated to highlight the unique qualities and choices of each project. During our opening we had food, drinks, balloons and t-shirts for sale. Students, staff, administration, educational assistants, family, friends and the community all had fun gathering, viewing and discussing the student's amazing artwork. This is truly amazing experience for the student's.
The photos above show the installation of the student's metal and glass sunflowers at Omaha's Lauritzan Gardens. These sunflowers will be on display for 2 years. When students see their work installed in public spaces it raises the value of their work and the process of creating it. Public display helps bring uniqueness and an exceptional experience.
These sculptures started out as drawings. Each drawing was then traced and cut out of aluminum by our resident artist Therman Statom. After the sunflowers were cut, students painted them and then glued on glass pieces. Students selected all pieces and placements. For more pictures of our project, please view them in our lesson plan page.