GT students participate in ‘Do Your Part for Art’ conference

GT students participate in ‘Do Your Part for Art’ conference
Posted on 05/24/2019

The Education Service Center Region 20 hosted the first ever Gifted and Talented (GT) “Do Your Part for Art” conference on May 23.

The conference gave kindergarten through second grade students the opportunity to explore different artistic styles such as abstract art, sculpting and mixed media art.

Region 20 provided presentations from the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum and various sessions taught by art educators and students.

The young learners could not contain their excitement as they moved from session to session.

In one session, students created animals out of recycled material that live in Texas, from the piney woods to the Gulf Coast. In another session, students learned about space and different planets as they sculpted their very own unique aliens out of clay and paint.

Carroll Bell second-grader Leah Torres was all smiles as she learned how to create abstract art with the rest of her classmates.

“I like that we get learn about abstract art and express our creativity,” Leah said. “I can’t wait to present my artwork!”

At the end of the conference, students presented their work with other students from across the region.

Harlandale ISD Elementary GT Facilitator Sonia Cuellar has been working together with other educators around the region to brainstorm on ways that they can magnify what younger GT students are capable of doing when given the opportunity. 

“This conference has invited gifted students from across the region to come out and display their creativity and explain their creations,” exclaimed Cuellar. “Not only are they performing at a high-level of creative capacity in artistic areas, but they are building their leadership skills at a very young age, which is just amazing to see!”

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