Walgrove Avenue Elementary School in Mar Vista closed out the 2012-13 school year with the dedication of new murals by local artist Renee Raymond and the P.S. ARTS Family Night.
Last month the school unveiled six original campus murals, designed and created by Raymond with funding support by the Venice Neighborhood Council. Olivia Adams, the principal at Walgrove, spearheaded the effort and engaged parent support in organizing the opportunity for children to take part in the art project.
Raymond worked closely with students across all grade levels collaborating on the theme, design and creation of the murals. The students were encouraged to express their creative vision and support each other’s differences throughout the project, a school spokesperson said.
“They loved to see the transformation,” said Raymond. “They would bolt over and put on these old dress shirts as smocks. Then they were ready to go to work… and I think it’s important to mention that we actively included many of our special needs kids in the experience.”
Another event last month was the P.S. ARTS Family Night, which celebrated Walgrove’s P.S. ARTS Program. With over 100 people in attendance, the evening focused on sharing the program’s methodology with students’ parents, grandparents and family members.
P.S. ARTS offers each of its partner schools a free Family Art Night, believing that in order for parents to understand the importance of the arts in education, they have to experience it firsthand.
Led by a teaching artist, families completed two art projects by the end of the evening inspired by watercolor works by artists Georges Seurat and Claude Monet.