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