When the art teacher position was cut from Bonny Doon Elementary School due to funding issues this year, the teachers in Bonny Doon did not despair. They took the responsibility of teaching art upon themselves.
Each month, the teachers chose famous artists and taught students a new type of art. They covered everything from sculpture to impressionism and abstract art, said kindergarten and first grade teacher Diane Herd.
“We were excited about teaching art in the classroom,” she said.
The Bonny Doon Community School Foundation donated money for art supplies and each teacher received a grant from Omega Nu, a local charitable organization, to defray the cost of other art supplies.
All year, the teachers kept each student’s artwork in a portfolio in preparation for an all-school art show at the end of the year. The show took place last week in the school’s multipurpose room. About 130 students – the entire population of the school –chose two or three of their favorites for the show.
“All the classes went through and a lot of community members came because we put it out there to the community,” Herd said. “The coffee house at the church came by – lots of people were coming all day.”
A gallery-like ambiance was created with background music and partitions to display the students’ pieces.
“It was very well-received,” Herd said. “The kids were extremely proud and we got a lot of positive feedback.”
Herd said the show will certainly be back again next year.
“The teachers agreed that even though it was a lot of work, it was worth it. We were really proud of our students and ourselves. It just looked wonderful.”