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Bowman students celebrate art

Posted: June 8, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 8, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Bowman High School students and teacher Mike Mansfield pose with “Memories of the Future,” a collection of poetry and artwork created by Bowman students this year. The high school celebrated its Day of the Artist and Poet Festival in May.

 

Students from Bowman High School celebrated the 19th annual Day of the Artist and Poet Festival with a day full of artwork, music and the spoken word on May 13.

The event is a tradition at Bowman High School, which had its modest beginnings in the classroom of poetry teacher Richard Weekley in 1993. Over the past 19 years, it has blossomed into a campuswide celebration of the arts.

Beginning with an “Art Walk,” during which friends and family enjoy an outdoor exhibition of student sculpture, painting and sketches. The art displayed was extensive, demonstrating the talents of the art department’s students in a wide range of subjects. The art program worked hard to put together the display.

“What a wonderful way to showcase the year’s culmination of classroom work. It is especially gratifying to know the arts can make a difference in our students’ lives,” art teacher Mary Gaskin said.

There were colorful canvas portraits, watercolors, etchings, sculpture and assemblage. Students and guests were invited to walk around and enjoy the art, which was displayed on three-sided columns as well as tables. The art students also created an extensive, three-panel backdrop for students to read in front of.

Additionally, there was an “Open Mic” poetry event held on the South Lawn of the campus with multiple musical performances, as well as poetry readings from Bowman High School students.

The creative-writing students at Bowman have proudly released their newly published book of poetry, artwork and photography, titled “Memories of the Future.” Ninety student poets were published this year, creative-writing teacher Mike Mansfield said.

Created with the support of a generous donation from the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation, “Memories of the Future” is a collection of student poetry, artwork and photography from the entire year and students who have graduated in the past are invited to come back and read their poems to the crowd.

To obtain a copy of “Memories of the Future,” visit www.hartdistrict.org/Bowman and follow the link to place an order.
Mike Mansfield is a teacher at Bowman High School.

 

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