‘Beyond Brushstrokes’ Showcases Talented Lower School Artists
Budding Benjamin artists showcased their work during the annual “Beyond Brushstrokes” lower school student art exhibition on May 7. The Fine Arts building was transformed into an art gallery featuring more than 1,800 pieces of art created by Benjamin students in Pre-K through grade 6.
Benjamin students, parents, grandparents and friends enjoyed the exhibit featuring an Art Walk that wrapped around the Fine Arts building. The show included everything from paper mache ice cream cones to fish drawings and modern paintings.
Lower school Fine Arts teacher Ro Sammis said this year her team added additional outdoor space by utilizing the maintenance garage and the sidewalk leading up to the Art Walk.
“From billowing fluorescent jellyfish to bright Georgia O’Keeffe flowers blowing in the wind, families were greeted by bright colored PK-5th-grade artworks! As guests followed the student created palette walkway to the back entrance of the Fine Arts Building a multitude of student art lined their path. At our entrance, we had a new greeter and his name was Benjamin Bolt our nearly lifesized blue and orange hero horse that the Art Club created from recycled objects,” said Sammis.
The entrance with Benjamin Bolt was also designed as a photo opportunity for more than 500 parents and guests. Sammis and Art Teacher Renee Coviello also created a “Matisse Corner,” which offered an additional photo opportunity with a modern abstract Matisse background.
“Both of the art rooms were transformed into galleries of 3-dimensional works by students. Paper mache penguins and ice cream, delicious cherry pies, sparkling book folded gems, garden houses, beehives, sheep and Johnny Appleseed memory dishes to name just a few of the awesome creations on display! Over 1,800 works of art were displayed and rain, thunder, and even tornado warnings could not keep visitors from enjoying the amazing art,” said Sammis.
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.