Fall Art Night Draws Creative Crowds to Campus

A few weeks ago, T’s school held its annual Fall Art Night. We’ve been big fans of the fun family nights at school for a few years now, so we were eager to attend and see what T’s new school had to offer. Sponsored by our PTA, this was a family-oriented evening held one weeknight after school that centered on celebrating the season, recent student artistic achievements, and fun at every turn.

It was a picture-perfect night for some Fall-tastic, artistic fun!

It was a clear and starry night for some Fall-tastic (and artistic) fun!

T sketched out his tile before attending Fall Art Night.

T sketched out his tile before attending Fall Art Night.

Well, that ended up being a great idea... looking great, T!

Well, that ended up being a great idea… looking great, T!

Just one small tiled section of the school's exterior walls where the finished tiles will become a permanent part of the community. Such a wonderful idea!

Just one small part of the existing tiled section of the school’s exterior walls. The newly finished tiles will join these and others like them, meaning they and the artists will become a permanent part of the school community for years to come. Such a wonderful idea!

 

It's awesome, T. I'm just sorry I did that to Phineas' face, but the nice tile lady promised to help us out with that. I hope she does (can?!).

It’s awesome, T. I’m just sorry I did that to Phineas’ face, but the nice tile lady promised to help us out with that. I hope she does (can?!).

We kicked off the evening by painting a tile that will become a permanent part of the school’s facade. Each year at this event, the PTA sells blank tiles so students and their families can sit down together and paint them however they wish (and, of course, appropriately for school!). A company also comes to the Fall Art Night to facilitate the tile painting and afterward collects the tiles and takes them off-site for lettering, additional editing and detail work (as requested, thanks to the nice tile employee who agreed to help us fix Phineas’ face!), and firing. The school usually gets the finished tiles back six-to-eight weeks later for installation, so stay tuned to see the final version of T’s tile!

A $20 wristband allowed students unlimited access to a wide range of games, crafts, and activities during the school's Fall Art Night.

A $20 wristband allowed students unlimited access to a wide range of games, crafts, and activities during the school’s Fall Art Night.

The games were pretty popular!

The games were pretty popular!

Go, T, go!

Go, T, go!

Family nights at school are also just great for playing with classmates in the off-hours.

Family nights at school are also just great for playing with classmates in the off-hours (no wristband or tickets required either!).

T was determined to hit that target. He finally did after about try number 13 or so.

T tried and tried over and over to hit that target. He finally did after about attempt 13 or so. Yay T!

After that, T moved right into the game portion of the evening. T and others bought wristbands that allowed unlimited access to about a dozen or so games, including a ring toss, ball-in-the-milk-can, and dunk booth. The latter wasn’t really a traditional dunk tank, but oh boy did the kids have fun dumping water onto two of the school’s teachers throughout the night! Too bad for the teachers that the weather wasn’t a wee bit warmer and/or the students’ aim slightly more inaccurate.

T is never sure when it comes to snakes....

T is never sure when it comes to snakes….

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T had a blast dancing with his friends at the school's Fall Art Night.

T had a blast dancing with his friends at the school’s Fall Art Night.

T loves the petting zoos with the hair brushes. So do I, T, so do I.

T loves the petting zoos with the hair brushes. So do I, T… so do I.

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Other fun activities at the carnival area of the event were a petting zoo, DJ and dance area, and various food booths, including unlimited popcorn for those with wristbands. While unlimited popcorn doesn’t appeal to me at all, T would never pass up an opportunity like that.

The Reflections art show sponsored by National PTA and run at local levels by each school's PTA. This was our school's first year participating, and the show was seriously stunning!

The Reflections art show sponsored by National PTA and run at local levels by each school’s PTA. This was our school’s first year participating, and the show was seriously stunning!

T's friend with her piece of art in the Reflections show. While she didn't move to the next level, her work went on display in the school lobby! I actually think that's almost a better win!

T’s friend with her piece of art in the Reflections show. While she didn’t move to the next level, her work went on display in the school lobby! I actually think that’s almost a better win!

Another wonderful reason for the evening was a celebration of all the students who participated in the PTA Reflections art contest. About 25 students at our school entered their creative works in an art show that ranged across a variety of media including visual art, photography, and music composition. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants for not only contributing some beautiful works of art but for also keeping the creativity alive well past Kindergarten (though about four of T’s classmates entered the contest – double congrats to those families for having the focus to get such wonderful work accomplished all within the first few weeks of school!).

T gets ready to mold his hand in wax!

T gets ready to mold his hand in wax!

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A few more dips in the wax, T! Don't worry, it's not too hot, RMT'ers.

A few more dips in the wax, T! Don’t worry, it’s not too hot, RMT’ers.

T's finished hand model!

T’s finished hand model! Shaka!

Probably the best surprise of the evening though was the wax hand molding area. Here, wristbanded attendees could line up to dip their hands into a wax bath to make a model. Workers from Wax Creation then helped participants choose colors for their molded hand(s) before cooling it down and packing it up for them to take home. What a great souvenir from an art-focused evening!

See you in 6-8 weeks, tile!

See you in 6-8 weeks, tile!

Whoever says that school nights are boring just needs to get a little more creative, right RMT’ers?

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