All-City Elementary Art Show opens Monday

Artwork by Kallie Huff, a fourth-grader at Mendenhall River Community School.

This year’s All-City Elementary Art Show will open Monday, March 11, at the Nugget Mall, with a reception from 5-6 p.m. The show, which showcases artwork created by Juneau’s K-5th grade students, runs through March 28.

Due to staff and funding cuts to the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program, this year’s art show was nearly cancelled, but was offered a one-year reprieve by a donation from the Women of the Moose, Juneau Chapter #439. Local artist Giselle Stone organized this year’s exhibit.

Through the Elementary Art Program, art teacher Nancy Lehnhart visits each Juneau K-5 classroom several times a year, modeling newly developed art lessons. The purpose of these teaching visits is to provide art lessons for children as well as to model art-teaching techniques for classroom teachers. Each newly designed lesson is then made into an “art kit” and added to a growing library of kits. Classroom teachers have 25-30 different art kits available at each grade level that they can request for their classroom.

Lehnhart recently launched a new 5th grade art lesson highlighting local photographer Mark Kelley called “Georgia O’Keeffe Meets Mark Kelley.” Like the other lessons she creates, this lesson will become part of the Elementary Art kit collection, which teachers can access in future years

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