I went to an art show...

My husband teaches at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park.  On Tuesday night Mr. Leban's school had an art show in conjunction with their holiday concert by the band and choirs.  It's always fun to see what other schools are doing in their art classes.  Mr. Leban even had three students demonstrating their art skills at the show - one student was drawing fashion designs, one was making a marble-maze skill game out of wood, and another was making cube-like art toy figures out of wood (Mr. Leban teaches art in a wood shop/sculpture studio, in case you didn't know).

Brooks Middle School has a really cool hallway/lobby area outside of their auditorium for putting on their art show.  There were tons of parents and families passing by and checking out the artwork.  Many watched the student artist demonstrators and learned something new!  I enjoyed talking to the artists and learning about their work.


art auction!

Mr. Gene Evans (father of Katie, 8th grader) came in to visit and talk to the 8th grade art classes about his job as an art dealer, appraiser, and consultant.  It was really cool to hear about his job, since it's art-related without any art-making involved... just art appreciating!

Mr. Evans brought in three different art pieces and had students place bids on them via a mock auction.  Although the winners didn't get the art, they did receive candy cane prizes for their accurate appraisals!  We learned a lot of new things about art and even a little bit about how to spot treasures within our own community via garage sales, estate sales, and thrift stores!  For example, artwork is always more valuable when it is signed!  Good tip to remember for making our own art!

Thank you Mr. Evans!
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