On the evening of Thursday, November 21st, Lake Forest Elementary Charter School presented “Family Creative Arts Night 2013.” Led by the coordination of Gifted and Talented Instructor Mrs. S. Taylor, the interactive artful evening included more than twenty stations for students to experience art in its many forms.
The school’s gymnasium overflowed with various talented artists from the fields of music, photography, painting, drawing, theater, poetry, and dance. Students were exposed to and encouraged to engage in artistic activities with parents, other students, teachers and staff, and community partners.
Visual Arts Instructor Mrs. T. Crayton wowed onlookers with her students’ extraordinary artistic abilities. Samplings of student sculptures, paintings, and other art objects were displayed throughout the gymnasium.
Acting skills were showcased at Wayne Daigrepont’s station, “Porta Puppets on Parade!” Students rolled up their sleeves and mimicked the imagined voices and inner thoughts of the many puppets on display.
Douglas Alexander and his Loyola University team came aboard to elevate our rising scientists to a higher level of critical analysis. Preconceived notions were tested by the questions: Why are paints different colors? What would music sound like without air? Why do different musical instruments sound different even though they play the same note?
Awestruck, students were captivated by the elaborate artistry and vibrant colors of the costumes adorned by the Mardi Gras Indians. Proudly, Chief James educated his audience on the history and music celebrated by the Indians.
Carol Flowers kept the night moving—literally! Each time a crowd of lookie-loos gathered around her, she challenged them to a round of Zumba, as she taught the history of this new exercise phenomenon.
Exhausted from Zumba? No problem! Chef Lawrence from Fresh Food Factor quenched thirsts and sated hunger pains with a bite of “Healthy Eating.”
In accordance with Lake Forest’s mission of producing global, productive citizens, Marie José Poux displayed “Art of Haiti” to the up-and-coming eager artists. With a giving heart, students donated a plethora of non-perishable food items to Poux’s Hope for Haitian Children Foundation, Inc.
The “Wall of Kindness” located on the exterior wall of the gymnasium, illustrated Lake Forest’s unrelenting dedication to the nation’s Anti-Bullying Campaign. On the white board, students penned one hundred ways to be kind to one another.
Upstairs, in the “Percussion Station” under the direction of Band Instructor Jerry McGowan, musicians-in-the-making were greeted by the eclectic sounds of numerous instruments. The potential performers leaped at the opportunity to join in. Ears perked up with each beat of the drums, stroke of the piano keys, and chime of the cymbals.
Across the hall, welcomed bursts of poetic genius could be heard by anyone desiring to be still and listen for a moment. In the “Poetry Cafe,” led by 5th Grade Teacher Sharon Ponder, students featured their original poetry in three sessions. A student panel of judges voted on each performance. The audience was mesmerized by the amazing poetic wonders.
Befitting the theme of the night, attendees enjoyed live performances rendered by Strings Instructor R. Barrau’s String Quartet, followed by the Kumbula African Drum and Dance Group.
Family Creative Arts Night concluded in typical New Orleans style. When the musical group “The Crew,” composed of former and current Lake Forest students, began playing the infamous New Orleans Second Line music, dancers ran to the center stage. This lively group swayed to the rhythmic vibrations until the clock struck seven, signifying the end of a brilliantly executed evening.
By Lynel Washington