• EXTRA: Scholastic Visual Art & Writing Awards!

    Dear da Vinci Families and Friends, 

    Last week our visual arts teachers Kelda Van Patten and Jessica Hickey learned that their students won a total of 152 Metro Scholastic Art Awards including one American Vision Award. Our students won: 32 Gold Key Awards, 62 Silver Key Awards, and 58 Honorable Mentions in the following categories: Ceramics & Glass, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Congratulations ALL! 

    In conjunction with the Oregon Art Education Association, the non-profit Little Bird Arts organizes the annual Scholastic Art Awards to showcase outstanding K-12 visual art. As their website shares, “We believe in every student artist. We believe in the power of the arts to change lives. We believe in providing opportunities for student artists in our region to celebrate their creative talents.” 

    Now in her fourth year at da Vinci, please join me in also congratulating Ms. Kelda Van Patten, who was honored on Saturday, October 14, as the 2017 Oregon Art Education Association Middle School Teacher of the Year!  Kelda, who collaborated with X.K. Austin and the late Jasmine Spiegel for three years, and now Jessica Hickey, has ensured that visual arts instruction at da Vinci remains creative and inspiring.  

    Ms. Lanigan is also very pleased to announce that the following Creative Writing students all won Silver Key Scholastic Writing Awards: Olivia Nally, for her poem, "What She Took”; Twylo Landey, for his essay/memoir, "Love Letter”; and Chloe Isaacman, for her short story, “Louisa.” Congratulations!

    With equal excitement, special Kudos to eighth-grader Zoe Wright, who won an American Vision Award.  American Vision awards are considered to be the Best of Show.  Each of the category judges nominates 5 - 10 of what they consider to be the 'best' works in their category. The American Vision works are selected from those nominated Gold Key works. The American Vision works are selected by a separate jury of three. There are only a total of 5 American Vision awardees for the state, so this award is a tremendous honor! Congratulations to Zoe!!! You can view photos of the American Vision awardees and view all Scholastic Art Awards. 

    For further information on the different events honoring all Scholastic winners, including the Gold Key Award exhibit and reception at PNCA, and the Award Ceremony for all Scholastic winners (which is in Tualatin this year), please see the Little Bird Arts website. 

    Congratulations Kelda, Alison, Jessica, Zoe, and ALL! 

    Fred