All across America, the month of March is celebrated as “Youth Art Month,” a month of promoting art and art education throughout our schools and communities at large. Thousands of American schools participate in observing Youth Art Month, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.
In March 2016 the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will featured a selection of student artwork in celebration of Youth Art Month entitled “Panorama: Artwork from KHS Visual Art Students.” The show ran from Thursday March 10 to Saturday April 9, 2016, and featured a selection of artwork from Kennebunk High School students in grades 9 through 12. “Panorama” provided a scope of visual artworks across a broad range of media and subject matter, highlighting some of the most dynamic examples of visual art currently happening in our community at the high school level. The exhibit included a selection of both 2D and 3D pieces from many of the art classes offered at Kennebunk High School including Ceramics, Drawing Fundamentals, Painting, Metalsmithing, Art Foundations (Fine Art and Digital Art), Art II, Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Art. The show was curated by KHS art teachers Marnie Rollerson, Katie Mooney, and Jenny Kowtko in conjunction with the Brick Store Museum.
As an award for having their artwork selected for the show, the Brick Store Museum awarded each student an art kit that includes new items to feed their artistic passion – sketch pads, pencils, paints, and more. For $25, any member of the community could sponsor an art kit for a student, ensuring that each student received an award for their creativity and talent. Each sponsor had a kit named in their honor.
A small sample of some of the artwork from the exhibit: