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Art takes center stage at Gillispie

BY JEANIE SCOTT

Contributor

For many years, students at The Gillispie School told art teacher Susan Walters “they wished it was possible to do art all day.” Four years ago, Walters granted that wish by creating the annual “Art Day,” which was held May 20 this year and featured a “peace” theme.

All 285 students from the early childhood program through sixth grade wore tie-dye T-shirts created by the elementary children for this special day. Every student in the school also had a piece of work displayed in an exhibit that featured a wide variety of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, collages, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, murals, photography and even some conceptual art.

The students spent the day touring the art exhibit, making peace sign art that was hung throughout the campus and decorating edible art cookies. At 3 p.m., the parents were invited onto the campus to view the art exhibit and peace decorations. All parents received a custom handmade ceramic peace symbol necklace created by the students.

Walters, who has taught at The Gillispie School for 18 years, said the event would not be possible without the help of a student, teacher and parent committee of dedicated volunteers.

“Much planning is required to ensure that every student beginning with the 2-year-old preschool class through sixth grade is individually represented on Art Day.”

At the conclusion of Art Day, Walters began packing up all the elementary school pieces of art that will now be entered in the Student Art Competition at the San Diego County Fair that begins in June.