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Inspiration Through Art: DES Students Become Inventors In Arts Council Project

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Davidson Elementary School participated in the Water Valley Arts Council’s annual Illumination Series. The students shared their ideas for inventions in the art project. Their work is currently on display in the windows of the Water Valley Main Street Association’s Main Street building located at 207 North Main.

By Jamie Scott

WV Arts Council

This year the Water Valley Arts Council wished to focus on the future in the annual Illumination Series. What are the young minds in our town thinking about in regards to inventions, innovations, and problem solving and could they use art to illustrate those creative ideas?  

Thanks to Principal Brianna Franklin and Assistant Principal Sheryl Sullivant, who allowed volunteers of the art council to come into the school to work with the art teacher, we found just that opportunity. Members of the art council and art teacher Mrs. Richardson worked to inspire fourth, fifth and sixth grade students to share their greatest need or desire through the drawing of an invention. 

Many of these inventions can be seen illuminated in the windows of the Main Street Association, 207 N. Main Street, through Thanksgiving. All inventions can be seen on a special website designed to show students work from across the United States and the world. 

You may access this website at: http://live.everyartist.me/gallery-details/gallery/449 . Then, select the blue and silver Water Valley Logo where all inventions are displayed. An individual class can be found by scrolling to the student’s homeroom teacher’s name. 

Special thanks to Ramona Bernard for digitizing all student drawings,  to Addy Walker for her expertise in setting up the online gallery and managing all the images, and to Bill Warren and Pati D’Amico for creating the display in the Main Street Association windows.

We encourage you to take a moment to view these budding artists’ inventions and encourage our Water Valley children to continue to draw and find inspiration through art. 

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