Students prepare to present work in virtual show

Douglas County School District to provide digital platform

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A pandemic will not stop students from letting their creativity shine. The Douglas County School District is preparing to host a virtual art show, keeping with an annual tradition to present student artwork. To discuss the upcoming show, Lorri Hodges, an art advocate at Lone Tree Elementary School, provided details and information on how much work went into the 2021 show.

What can you tell us about this year's show?

Even though this school year has been hard, our K-12 students have persevered through COVID and have been exercising their imaginations and creativity. We are incredibly proud of our art students. As a committee, it was difficult to envision a different kind of art show, but a virtual show will meet the needs of our students and community by digitally showcasing student work. This year's show will still be fantastic, and the show will be virtually online on Douglas County School District website from May 3 through next school year. The virtual art show is a K-12 show that will be judged by judges that are professors, art teachers, or professional artists in Colorado.

How many schools will participate?

Every school in the Douglas County School District has been invited to participate. Depending on the number of students they teach, art teachers can use up to six slides if they are elementary level, middle school can get up to five slides per medium and high-school teachers get up to six slides per medium. Artwork can be submitted in the following categories: Design/Computer Art, Drawing/ Printmaking, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography and Sculpture

How can the public view the show?

To view the district show, visit dcsdk12.org/artshow, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, May 3. This show will live online through the 2021-2022 school year. Unlike physical shows in the past, there are not any items to take down and store away, so we can enjoy these beautiful pieces for longer.

How did you get involved with the art show?

I have been a classroom teacher within the Douglas County School District for about 19 years with a flair for the eccentric and the creative. Just this year, with my amazing supportive administrators and Lone Tree Elementary School, I made the decision to focus on the creative side of teaching students and transitioned into an art teacher role.

I have to say this has been a most unusual year to try something new. I decided to join the art show committee because I wanted to fully immerse myself in the art world. What better way to embrace student art than to be part of the committee for the art show? My art colleagues have been fully supportive of a newcomer and are an amazing group of open-minded creative thinkers. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a group that could offer extraordinary ideas and solutions to the barriers we have faced as a group of teachers this year. I feel very fortunate that I have had many art teachers to collaborate with this year from this committee.

We hope that this year's Virtual Art Show not only does a stellar job to lift our young artists, while celebrating their uniqueness and artistic abilities, but also does a great job to enhance our bond with our isolated community members, through the enjoyment of beautiful student artwork.

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