The St. Vrain Valley School District student art show was launched today in a virtual format, featuring over 1,450 pieces of artwork showcasing students' creative work from across all schools in the district.
For nearly twenty years, SVVSD has hosted the Unframed Student Art Show, which is an exhibition of art produced through a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, digital art, photography, and others, that represents every grade level, according to Janay Bird, SVVSD fine arts coordinator.
Each art teacher in the district selects up to 25 student artwork pieces to be included in this annual show, allowing parents, school staff and community members to celebrate the students’ creation alongside them, stated Bird in a press release.
A celebration, that in previous years, has been hosted in person at the Boulder County Fairgrounds will be presented virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bird said.
Amy Christopher, art teacher at Indian Peaks Elementary, said, in an email, she is relieved that the SVVSD art show is still able to take place, in spite of the many changes that have transpired over the past year and especially after not having a show in 2020 because of COVID.
“It will be great for families to share the link so that all, near or far, can see what has been happening inside the art rooms,” she said. “Teachers around the district have made the show happen this crazy year and I am so grateful.”
“The actual format of this year’s show is a website,” she said. “Parents and community members can go to the website and scroll and look at the art, or filter it by media, by school or grade level or search for each specific student's art.”
The website will be highlighted throughout the district starting Apr. 13 through 18, and will remain live until next year’s art show, something that will allow for a more extended reach to people who would otherwise not be able to see the art.
Kevin Slick, art teacher at Erie Elementary, said, in an email, the audience for the art show has increased exponentially this year due to its virtual format, allowing student work to be seen all over the world.
“One of the most important elements in creating art is sharing it with others,” he said.
People will have the option to share directly artwork pieces via social media or email it to family members or friends, Bird said, adding all students, whether they are learning from home or at a school, had the opportunity to submit their work for consideration in the form of an image.
“This is the time of year where the whole community gets to see the artwork and celebrate these students. It's also the time where everyone is sharing, a time where everyone comes together and celebrates teachers and students in the district,” she said. “As a district, we are showing gratitude for teachers and it’s collective effort to celebrate what students are doing.”
To access SVVSD’s Unframed Student Art Show, click here.