Saturday, March 1, 2014

An Art Show

Between snow storms, we attended an art show for Delaware Charter Schools, one of which is the school our eight-year-old granddaughter attends. It is astounding to see the variety and quality of works produced by student artists.

A shark vacuum.

I am encouraged to see that the schools continue working with students in this area along with the basic academic programs. Kids greatly benefit from the time they spend on these projects and learn incredible lifetime skills. It is all too easy to cut the arts programs first when school budgets falter, but it is at great expense to the future of students. Art shows give the kids an opportunity to show their work, but also to build greater support for the concept of learning through art.

Man on a snail climbs a mushroom.

Our granddaughter is in 3rd grade and she had three entries in the art show.  It was a large exhibition of student art work and I took a few pictures of some of it. The students were very proud of their efforts, the show was well-attended, and everyone was very supportive of their works. I wish I had taken more photos. We were caught up in the moment and enjoying it with our family.


When our grandchildren visit, we work on projects like mobiles, sock puppets, pinwheels and paper airplanes. They like to paint, but creating simulations of rocket ships or dioramas are more interesting to them. People learn in different ways and the arts give kids many choices to develop their creativity. We enjoy the time spent working on projects and talking about them. It is a great way to spend time with our grandchildren. Recently, my granddaughter and I created this aquarium diorama.


  1. Oh, I LOVE your diorama! And that picture of a man on the snail is very exotic. I stared at it for quite awhile, enjoying the whimsy. :-)

    1. My granddaughter takes great care with her own works as a third grader, and the works of the high school students were very impressive in their creativity and execution.

  2. What an impressive diorama! Your granddaughter is to be congratulated on such good work. I love to see kids taking an interest in creative pursuits like this.

  3. This is a beautiful diorama. What amazing artwork. Too often, the arts have been cut out of the curriculum during a budget crunch. It's so sad because the arts give students another way of thinking that is equally important.

  4. Looks like you had a fine time at the show. Wonderful to see such talented young artists, isn't it?
    When our grands visit they play a few of their own made up tunes on my husband's piano. And, they like to join me in my craft cave for card making and coloring. Some day soon we'll have to give a diorama. I like the one you made with your granddaughter!