Throughout the month of January, several student paintings at Canton Intermediate School began to take shape.
These were no ordinary works of art, produced by a single artist. These canvases were a very collaborative effort that will help raise funds for the school.
Each class at the school has produced a painting to raise funds for the upcoming PTO Winter Festival online auction. The class decided on a theme, sketched in pencil and then painted in acrylic. Themes include dragons, flowers, abstract radial desings and more.
To make the project manageable, school art teacher Deborah Costello spent the month of January pulling aside small groups of students during art classes. Rotating the groups ensured everyone had a hand in the project.
"For most students, it's the first time they've worked on a canvas, which is nice," Costello said.
And in addition to the artistic experience, the students' work will raise funds for their school's Parent Teacher Organization.
The paintings will be part of the PTO Winter Festival, an online auction and live gala and auction that will benefit PTOs at both Canton Intermediate and Cherry Brook Primary School.
The paintings will be listed by teacher and bidding for each will start at $30. Event Co-chairwoman Chrissy Kelly said in addition to helping support the school, she is impressed with the quality.
"I just think they turned out great," she said. "I'm really impressed."
Costello said the project was great in many ways, from teaching kids to work together to the upcoming excitment of seeing the work online.
"It's just a positive experience for all the kids," Costello said.
The live event is set for March 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Bridge Street Live for the fourth year. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the event web site or at the door.
In addition registration is open for "Winter Festival Kids Fun Night"! The event will be March 2, 2013 from 6:45 to 11:15 p.m. at Valley Sports Center. Cost is $30/child or $50/family with a portion of the proceeds going to the CIS PTO. Kids will enjoy lots of games, open gym and an age-appropriate movie. Advanced registration required. Use this link to sign up.
The winter festival generated in excess of $31,000 last year.