On Saturday May 4th, the 2019 Forney ISD District Art Show was held at the Forney Learning Academy. The new facility and larger venue allowed FISD the opportunity to showcase the outstanding artistic creations of students enrolled in the District’s art programs.
The additional teachers added to the Elementary campuses further strengthened FISD’s commitment to providing vertically aligned Art education throughout the K-12 curriculum. Visitors to the Forney Learning Academy were treated to refreshments and live piano accompaniment that enhanced the experience for all.
But the true stars of the day were the student artists. The large audience in attendance included students and family members, administrators and teachers, as well as members of the entire Forney community all of whom came to support the students and appreciate their artistic passion.
Art programs from all 9 Elementary campuses were well represented at the event. Elementary art teachers are Melissa Townsend (Henderson), Beth Mason (Rhea), Margaret Pearce (Claybon), Viviana McKay (Johnson), Blake Tilton (Smith), Brittany Thompson (Lewis), Kaitlyn Ecklund (Criswell) Ricardo Escochea (Criswell), and Ashley McCuiston (Crosby). Students worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture.
The vibrant colors and intricate designs are a testament to the skills of all the blossoming artists and their teachers’ dedication to their craft. The excitement on the faces of these young artists as they searched for and then posed with their creations was truly a sight to behold. The pride of their friends and family members was unmistakable. It is safe to say that the future of the Arts in Forney is in good hands.
Brown and Warren Middle Schools had an impressive display of 2D and 3D art from Art 1, Art 2, and Advanced Art classes. The 2D works included marvelous examples of printmaking, scratch art, painting, and drawings. The 3D collection included both traditional and non-traditional sculptures in ceramics, cardboard sculpture, fiber arts, and mixed media. Interspersed amongst these Middle School masterpieces were an impressive number of Junior VASE medal winners.
These award winning works were recognized not just for their skill but also for their creators’ understanding of the artistic process as a whole. The Forney Family can expect more to come as the students grow under the careful tutelage of the Forney ISD art faculty. Susan Bar-Sela Art 1 and Advanced Brown MS. Deseree Sanders Art1 and Art2 Brown MS. Tara Torres Art 2 and Advanced Warren MS and Bri Meyers Art 1 and Advanced.
The most experienced artists in the District represented Forney High School and North Forney High School Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4, PreAP Art, and AP Art programs. Forney HS art instructors are Carol Adair and Carolina Kile. North Forney HS art instructors are Bill Jones, Kelley Holcomb, and Brian Wiseman.
An impressive collection of 2D and 3D art work from both campuses was on proudly on display for all to admire. The culmination of the art represented by the high school students is State VASE competition. Three students from Forney High School advanced to the State VASE competition. One student from North Forney High School advanced to State VASE and received a rating of a 4 which is considered superior.
All in all, the event was a complete success. The art in Forney ISD has raised the bar for future students. Under the direction of Mario Luna, the program as a whole has grown and improved greatly.