Superintendent of Schools
22 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 25, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Bagnall Elementary School Holds Successful Arts Social Event
GROVELAND — Principal Emily Puteri is pleased to announce that Bagnall Elementary School hosted a successful Arts Social, where students participated in creative workshops, displayed their artwork and enjoyed ice cream.
At the interactive Arts Social on Wednesday, May 16, professional artists, teachers and museum representatives held workshops for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The PTA sponsored the Arts Social to raise money for cultural enrichment programs and to reduce the cost of art projects that students and families incur.
More than 500 people attended the event, which featured a display of student paintings, drawings and sculptures throughout the hallways. Several students also presented their passion projects, which they completed independently over the course of the school year by voluntarily giving up time at lunch or recess.
The passion projects included an electronic self-scrubbing cleaning brush, an outdoor sink made from recycled parts, videos, 3-D printed objects and wood-burned signs.
“It was so exciting to see our students present their passion projects and have our whole school community come together to celebrate the huge impact the arts have on kids,” said Bagnall STEAM Coordinator Brooke Welch. “Sharing student successes is a critical part of our work and is essential to their growth.”
Professional sculpture artist Ryan Kelley hosted a workshop on wire-bending and 3-D sculpture making, while fourth grade teacher Sarah Cassavaugh held a “paint night” themed workshop, where students created a tropical sunset with acrylic paints on canvas.
Representatives from the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire hosted a workshop on the ancient Japanese art of fish printing, “Gyotaku,” where students created their own fabric fish print to take home.
Museum of Fine Arts representatives hosted an interactive workshop and craft making session based on Egyptian hieroglyphics. The students learned about Japanese and Egyptian culture while creating their artwork.
“It is wonderful that our Bagnall students have the chance to explore learning in different ways and then share their knowledge and inspire others,” School Nurse Amanda Durand said.