Colleen Banks, Teacher/Art Club
1st Hour: Drawing & Painting - 1st Semester
Sculpture & Fibers - 2nd Semester
2nd Hour: Plan
3rd Hour: Elementary Art (3rd-6th)
4th Hour: 8th Art - 1st Semester
7th Art - 2nd Semester
5th Hour: Elementary Art (K-2)
6th Hour: Art II, III, & IV
7th Hour: Art I & II
Halfway Art Club was founded in 1979 and was created for junior high and high school students interested in art. The reason for art club was to inspire and recognize students showing outstanding abilities or interests in art. It was also made to bring attention to our school, community, and students in a positive artistic manner and to bring a great appreciation for art. They have also established an art scholarship to help students majoring in art at college. The art club tries to get involved with the community as much as possible and help out as much as they can. Here are a few of the things that art club has done in the past:
Halfway ART Club members have been busy this year with community projects for others. At the beginning of the school year, students prepared back to school supplies and made handmade school/pencil bags for flood victims in Louisiana. Recently, Halfway Art Club has completed their annual project of creating holiday cards for others. They sent 488 cards to Operation Santa this year, and this year the program adopted local law enforcement officials. Halfway Art Club also delivered 418 cards to the Beams of Light project which ships packages to soldiers in the military that cannot come home for the holidays.
Annually, we try to take a field trip in the fall. During the fall, a popular field trip is to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas. We have gone as a group before with Choir, Drama, & Literature Club. At the festival, students are excited to be able to experience the art and culture of the Renaissance time period (approx. 1533) as if stepping back into a village of the time with a re-enacted joust, arts and crafts of the time, people in period costume as well as a diversity of great food, music, and games. There never seems to be enough time in the day because there is so much to experience. Sometimes we are only able to go on one field trip a year, but when feasible, we will try for a spring field trip as well to the Springfield Art Museum and other local galleries.
Annually at the Fall Festival, we try to raise money with face painting and/or selling jewelry made by students. Special thanks to those who came out to work and also those that helped support our booth. We are definitely always busy and make some money for our Art Club account.
We try to have different activities throughout the year like in October, we have had pumpkin decorating workshops, and students decorated their pumpkins for the festive holiday. We even have younger elementary students visit on occasion & enjoy the festivities with us. We have also worked on fundraisers such as glass etching for the holidays. We can do glass etching orders throughout the year, but we usually try to especially promote it during the holiday season. We also try to do community projects such as painting signs and murals when possible as well.
Workshops in the past have included jewelry making as a fundraiser for the Carnival. Students learned to make square knot & half knot twist necklaces, bracelets, and key chains as well as plastic-style lanyards. We try to have one to two elementary mentoring workshops as well. Examples are Art Club members will mentor and help elementary students as they make their own print designs for holiday cards. When possible, future workshops may include ceramics, basket making, and even stained glass.
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