Superintendent's Art Appreciation Program
Mount Laurel Schools' Art Program has long been a source of pride for our families, our administration and our staff. Every day in eight schools, students are given the opportunity to experiment with various mediums and develop their creativity in our Art Rooms. The results are often amazing, and always precious.
For several years, student art has found a home in the administrative offices at the Hattie Britt Board of Education office on Mount Laurel Road. Art teachers set-up a display with a sample of works created during the year on a rotating basis, and a small reception has been held before the work was taken down at the end of the month.
This year, Superintendent George J. Rafferty hopes to extend the level of recognition for art appreciation in our schools. Rather than hold a reception in administrative offices, he will visit students whose work has been displayed at the end of each month in their schools. During his classroom visits, the superintendent will present each student with a certificate of appreciation and a personal letter of thanks. Photos of those visits will be subsequently shared on this web page for parents, friends and family members.
This student-based program will share the important message that art, creativity and personal talent are integral factors to be shared and appreciated by all in all of our schools.
Fleetwood Art Teacher Deborah Franke created the February display at Hattie Britt. It features the work of 28 young artists and it adds a colorful and uplifting scene to the building's hallways and offices, it also highlights a number of critical lessons.
The third-grade Jellyfish, for example, taught the use of line and shape in creating realistic images. The second-grade Goldfish display demonstrates organic shapes, emulating the work of Henri Mattise, while first-grade Cardinals combine basic shapes to create the bright birds. Shape, perspective and a horizon line for background are the themes of the second-grade Winter Moose collages, and implied texture is stressed in the work of the second-grade Love Monsters.
Third-grade Winter Barns demonstrate atmospheric perspective, and fourth-grade Winter Silhouettes employ both perspective and contrast. Based on the book, "How Loud Is A Lion?" the third-grade Lion pieces use tempera paint techniques, as well as line and shape.