Henninger Paint Knight Expands to Reach Ed Smith Students
Published on 5/30/18
District News Ed Smith
“I can’t wait to meet our new friends!” an Ed Smith first grader exclaimed as he waited to be partnered with a Henninger Advanced Art student.
Thanks to a grant project funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation, Henninger art students traveled to Ed Smith for a day where they helped kindergarten and first grade students create heart paintings to display a love of art.
The young students learned about how to mix colors, how to clean paint brushes, painting techniques and more.
“I love working with the little kids,” Henninger sophomore Angelique Young said. “It’s nice to be able to share our passion with these kids, who could grow up to be like us and share the same interest in art. They could end up being cartoonists, artists, illustrators… it’s great that we can start working with them so young!”
As part of their effort to impart a love of art into the younger students, Henninger students provided a sketchbook to each first grader who took part in the activity – and they customized the cover to meet the student’s interests. One included a colorful sketch of a treehouse; another, a sports team. Several included SpongeBob SquarePants.
“We got our parents involved last year, so this year we wanted to get kids involved in developing an appreciation for art,” Henninger art teacher Lori Lizzio explained. “They just love art at this age. Plus, they’re working with our high school students who have chosen art as a college or career path so it exposes them to that possibility.”
Students’ artwork will be put together to create posters: one to hang in the SCSD Central Office and one to hang in Ed Smith School. Thank you to the SCSD Educational Foundation for funding this special project!