The Fine Arts program in Loudoun County includes the visual and performing arts. LCPS provides a number of wonderful programs including the numerous performance ensembles, an all-county art and music spring festival, rotating arts exhibits thoughout the county, and Summer in the Arts. The following school business partnership's include student art on rotation at: George Washington University, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Starbucks, Dulles Town Center, National Conference Center, as well as LCPS Administrative and Transportation Buildings. For additional information on specific programs, please click on the links on the left side of this website page.
LEF GRANT LEADS TO GREAT ART
A $5,000 Hugh McKee Grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) has led to an impressive permanent art display at Harmony Middle School.
Students and staff gathered on Wednesday, September 17th, to dedicate four stained-glass windows depicting the history of the site Harmony stands on.
The art project was used as a history lesson to depict Harmony “back in time.”
The sixth grade was tasked with depicting Harmony’s location as it would have appeared during the Civil War. Seventh-graders depicted what Harmony’s site looked like during the 20th century and eighth-graders depicted what the land looked like just before Harmony was constructed.
The fourth panel was the subject of a school-wide competition; how Harmony Middle School appears today.
Art teacher Lori DeMark said more than 500 designs were considered before the finalists were chosen.
The four students who submitted winning designs included:
Camryn Dolby (eighth grade)
Maryam Khan (sixth grade)
Sarah Jane Nielsen (seventh grade)
Felice Parrish (seventh grade)
Staff present for the dedication included DeMark, art teacher Brenda Dowdy, former Harmony art teacher Kayla McCormick (who now teaches at Park View High School) and Jennifer Pelton, an in-school resource teacher who was the main artisan on the window. (Ron Fabin, the Fine Arts Department chair at Heritage High School, served as a consultant for the project.)
Completing the artworks took most of the 2013-14 school year and involved far more than the creation of the windows, which cost about $1,900.
The balance of the grant went to fund activities such as Civil War Days for the sixth grade. This event incorporated science (investigating medical practices and diseases common during that time) and math (calculating the casualties of Pickett’s Charge) along with history. Re-enactors, artisans and musicians stopped in to give students the sights, sounds and wares of the Civil War.
The seventh grade studied how the 20th century’s two world wars shaped many aspects of life – social, political, intellectual, technological and economic – using special resources and activities.
Eighth-grade academic teams used grant funds to explore a decade between the 1960’s and 1990’s in depth.
Before his death on April 27, 2014, Hugh McKee gave $57,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation to support 14 grants in Loudoun County middle schools. The focus of these grants was interdisciplinary, creative learning.
A retired Air Force major, McKee was a veteran of the Vietnam War and one of the first resident of the Falcons Landing retirement community.
The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were met with a tremendous amount of excitement and record-breaking student participation. There were 255,000 original works of art and writing submitted to the 2014 Awards! Today we are happy to announce that more than 1,800 young artists and writers in grades 7-12 received National Medals! The full list of National Medalists can be viewed here: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' National Celebration will kick-off in New York City on June 5, 2014, with all National Medalists invited to the first ever Maker Prom! On June 6, students, educators, families and friends will gather at Carnegie Hall to honor National Medalists at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony. Find out more about the Awards on , , , and on our
www.artandwriting.org/2014nationalawards. This special event will be webcast live for all to see! This weekend will also be the time to view hundreds of phenomenal works of art and writing at the Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition on display at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery. Congratulations to all participants - submitting original art and writing takes personal courage! For more exciting news, you can read the official press release here.FacebookTwitterLinkedInblog.
LCPS Art Students Will Receive National Gold andSilver Medals at Carnegie Hall, NYC!
Famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Redford have walked the stage of Carnegie Hall, NYC to receive Scholastic Art National Medals before we knew their name! On June 6, 2014 three LCPS Artists will do the very same thing!
Christina Nelson, Loudoun Valley High School- National Gold Medal, Drawing
Art Teacher, Courtney Kincaid
Jasmyn Moore, Potomac Falls High School- National Silver Medal, Photography
Art Teacher, Deborah Cooper
Cassie Sheedy, Loudoun County High School,- National Silver Medal, Drawing
Art Teacher, Gary Rudinsky
A record breaking 255,000 plus works of art and writing were submitted for this prestigious competition. From the outstanding pool of regional gold key recipients, an impressive panel of creative- industry experts selected student works from across the nation and American schools abroad to receive National Medal Awards. The artists, authors, critics, educators and skilled professionals blindly judged works based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal vision or voice- the original three criteria of the program founding in 1923.