Each year, Frisco ISD hosts vertical art shows to showcase artwork by students within each high school feeder pattern. These memorable events celebrate the visual arts and the immense talent and creativity of students.
While vertical art shows happened this past fall for the Centennial, Independence, Lebanon Trail and Wakeland high school feeder patterns, the District closure cancelled the two spring showcases. The spring shows would have displayed the artwork of Frisco, Heritage, Liberty, Lone Star, Memorial and Reedy high schools and their feeder campuses.
Typically, hundreds of children and their parents gather with District staff in the hallways and foyer of the District administration building where art is displayed and organized by campus.
The excitement is palpable as students from around the District see their artwork displayed professionally for the first time. Students eagerly show their parents their artwork as their teachers gush about their progress and parents beam with pride and assemble everyone for photos.
Reedy High School art teacher Katie Gallimore organizes the showcases and spearheaded a virtual vertical art show for the community to enjoy.
“I wanted to continue the tradition to make sure teachers have a way to showcase their student’s talent and growth,” Gallimore said. “There is no greater feeling than being able to instill confidence in a student and seeing them soar. "
Some of the artwork is from before spring break, while other pieces are more recent. The quality of instruction and work of students during eLearning is truly admirable. Despite learning from a distance, Frisco ISD students have embodied what it is to be a sustained, self-directed learner.
“Having robust visual art programs is a hallmark of the excellent holistic education students receive in Frisco ISD,” said Pete Hazzard, managing director of fine arts. “This virtual showcase is representative of the teacher and student collaboration that has continued in the midst of school closures.”
Frisco ISD visual art teachers from around the District say students have found comfort in the creation of art.
“Visual art is all about the process of creation,” Hazzard said. “Students learn so much about being emotionally expressive by participating in our visual arts classrooms.
“We could not be more proud of this beautiful representation of the collaborative partnership from these schools.”
While this year is a little different, students and their teachers are proud that their work will be seen past the hallways of the administration building and that the community can join in the celebration of visual arts.