Students at Westport Heights Elementary School in Westchester had their artworks unveiled for over 100 parents, teachers and invited guests during “Gallery Night” at the annual Back to School event.

The event was hosted by the Westport Heights PTA/Booster Club. Over 500 student works were made available for sale, with the proceeds directly benefiting the PTA/booster club’s initiative to continually fund physical education, field trip transportation, family focused events and educational enrichment for the entire school.

Organizers noted how the gallery of paintings, collages, and drawings from the school’s student body filled the Westport Heights central courtyard.

For project inspiration, volunteer instructors taught the children about world famous artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimp, and Roy Lichtenstein. The classes covered art movements ranging from abstract to realism. With more than 24 students in each 30-minute class, the students were able to create a theme-based artwork using their instructed style.

The Westport Heights school community works to ensure thatthe students have a well-rounded exposure to the arts. During the 2010-11 school year, the students will take part in chorus, music, theatre and dance classes.

Westport Heights is a member of the Loyola Marymount University Family of Schools and is a Title 1 elementary school.