Lake Highlands’ Scofield Christian School competed in the South Central District Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Art Festival held at the Hope Center in Plano, Texas on March 29-30, 2016. Scofield Christian School qualified to submit 39 entries and received top honors for 18 art pieces. Students received eight first-place awards, six second-place awards and four third-place awards. Only pieces that had been awarded superior distinctions were eligible to compete for over-all first, second and third place awards. All 39 of the entries won either an excellent or superior ribbon.
Overall there were 500 art entries, kindergarten through twelfth grade, from 19 schools that competed in the festival. Scofield Christian School students submitted artwork in a variety of categories such as pottery, painting, weaving, photography, sculpture and clay. There were almost 20 categories represented at the art festival. Judging took around 8 hours to complete with a crew of almost 50 judges.
“I am so proud of our students. Many of the art pieces we entered required precision and creativity. Their final pieces are an excellent representation of their hard work and imagination that they use weekly in art class,” said Mrs. Kelly Pittman, art teacher for Scofield Christian School. Pittman has been teaching art for 13 years and is an accomplished local artist. One of her favorite parts of being an art teacher is to see where her students end up as they are formed into wonderful adults.
Art is a valuable component of Scofield Christian School’s academic curriculum. "Our students are introduced and taught the Fine Arts beginning in preschool all the way through sixth grade with age appropriate classes and concepts. Art is part of Scofield Christian School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum. Art is key in enhancing the learning process and engaging in all academic areas,” said Dr. Shailendra Thomas, Head of School for Scofield Christian School.
First place winners:
Bonnie Gardner, kindergarten, category: pottery/functional for her lady bug desk set; Areli Ibarra, kindergarten, category: felt for her poppies with blue bonnets piece; Brooke Barner, first grade, category: weaving for her weaving square; Allie Platt, first grade, category: pottery/functional for her heart fish serving bowl; Jack Sutton, third grade, category: pottery/functional for his African spider bowl; David Oney, fourth grade, category: painting/watercolor for his irises in the garden; Molly Bovenkamp, fifth grade, category: sculpture for her Nativity scene; and Christian Jackson, fifth grade, category: photography for his photo titled A Look in the Past.
Second place winners:
Taylor Johnson, kindergarten, category: printing with watercolor/ink for her piece titled Surprise Pegasus; Kassidy Jackson, third grade, category: pottery/function for her fairy cookie plate; Brennan Boyd, fifth grade, category: photography for his photo titled God’s House; Daniel Wooten, fifth grade, category: clay for his spiral cross; and Joe Elms, sixth grade, category: sculpture of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
Third place winners:
Trinity Thurman, second grade, category: painting/watercolor for her patchwork leaf; Olivia Yee, third grade, category: sculpture for her singing frog; Parker Brizzolara, fourth grade, category: painting/acrylic and watercolor for her "Bubbles" the fish painting; and Hannah Kimbrough, fourth grade, category: pottery for her Nativity plate.
Since 1961, Scofield Christian School has provided children from preschool age through sixth grade with an excellent academic education that is well-balanced, comprehensive and integrated with Biblical truths and principles within a nurturing, Christ-centered environment. In addition, to its recent SACS CASI accreditation, Scofield Christian School also has The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) accreditation. For more information, please visit www.scsdallas.org.
ACSI, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is comprised of nearly 24,000 member Christian schools in more than 100 nations. ACSI is a leader in strengthening Christian schools and equipping Christian educators worldwide, providing services through a network of 28 regional offices. The organization accredits Protestant pre-K-12 schools. Learn more at www.acsi.org.