TORONTO - The city high school art club has been involved in projects ranging from community service to participation in local art shows since the beginning of the school year.
Members of the club recently played a part in decorating downtown businesses for the holiday season- an annual tradition for the club, according to high school art teacher Amanda Speece.
"We painted the windows of the Fourth Street businesses," said Speece. "It now looks like a string of Christmas lights. Last year there we painted garland. DiCarlo's Pizza opened early and made hot chocolate for the kids, which was great because it was cold. It was very nice.
PAPER SCULPTURE — Toronto High School Art Club member Karley Weaver makes a paper sculpture representing Hurricane Sandy in art class recently as part of an art project at the school. The high school art club has been involved in projects ranging from community service to participation in local student art exhibits. - Mark Miller
"Tuesday we assisted with the Toronto for Toys program," continued Speece, adding the program, centered at the American Legion Post 86, helps provide Christmas toys for area children. "We brought the toys out of storage and organize them according to age and gender."
The club also was active during special school events as well, said Speece.
"We did face-painting on (the district) literacy night in October," she said. "We also did face-painting at the homecoming game, also in October. Every year we also do a pumpkin-decorating contest for Halloween."
Speece said art club members also are preparing for upcoming student art exhibits at the school and at Eastern Gateway Community College.
"The (school) art contest is the same night as the (high school) choir concert on March 17," said Speece. "We also will be entering the Eastern Gateway Community College art show on March 4. The (art) students have been picking and choosing want they want to display. Every holiday we also make something for the teachers and staff."
Karley Weaver, 14, a member of the art club, said she was enjoying creating a paper sculpture with Hurricane Sandy as its theme during class.
"I started (the sculpture) when the hurricane happened, and it was the big thing, so I decided to do this," she said.
Speece said the art club was formed to give pupils and students who show initiative or artistic talent opportunities for artistic expression and to be engaged in the community.
"Art club is all about promoting the visual arts," said Speece. "We do a lot of displays at the high school, and we also perform community service."