The diverse talents of Denver Public School students are highlighted in the Citywide Elementary Art Showcase currently on display at the Denver Art Museum. It is clear that art is an integral part of their education, and teachers are dedicated to creative practices. These young artists created a variety of works that speak to the past influence of artists, a present reflection of self, and the dynamic possibilities of the imagination.
The influence of Pablo Picasso is readily seen in Picasso Person by Jacqueline Marin-Buenrostro.
Artworks such as Saranya Lama’s Self-Portrait and Brandon Jaugui-Gonzales’s My Culture (pictured below) give the viewer insight into these students’ self-awareness and pride in who they are. The use of color and form in Isabella Osuna’s Spring and the creativity displayed in Amara Fowler’s My Dragon, The Dragon, Cool Dragon (pictured at the top) show the power of art as a form of personal expression.
We encourage you to come and see these students’ stories told through their works of art to celebrate their varied influences and backgrounds. The showcase will be on display until Sunday, May 15. Students will be honored at the DAM with a reception on Friday, May 13 beginning at 5 pm with remarks from 5-6:15 pm.
Entry to the showcase is free; admission to the rest of the museum requires a ticket.
Grace Smith also contributed to this blog. She is an intern with the teacher and school outreach programs in the department of learning and engagement. Gracie’s favorite artist that has been on view at the Denver Art Museum is Van Gogh, during the Becoming Van Gogh exhibit. She grew up in Colorado Springs, but has been coming to the DAM as a frequent visitor since she was 14 years old.