As the art judging is finished I always feel a bit guilty when I come across a school with an extremely high acceptance rate. But sometimes a teacher is just great and his or her students create wonderful work.
There are a few schools that I look forward to judging. Palmer Catholic Academy in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida is one of those schools who I find it a joy to see the students’ art. Katie Corrigan has created a program there where her students create wonderful images. Her elementary school watercolors are above grade level and just plain fun.
She sent an email this week with the following pictures and message:
I can’t tell you how happy I am to see how many of our students “made the cut”! I’ve opted to wait for the postcards before sharing the news so they have something in hand to take home but it is a hard secret to keep. I couldn’t remember if I sent the attached photos to you upon receipt of last year’s good news and book arrival so I am attaching them now. I thought you might like to see some of the proud second grade artists with the book opened to their paintings. As the cards arrived shortly before the last day of school I had given letters to the students and used the cards to decorate our lobby bulletin board. The students took them home on the last day but had a chance to shine being recognized there first.
Thank you again for your wonderful book! We are thrilled to be a part of it.
Palmer Catholic Academy
Thank you Katie. In judging high schools that do work at a level much lower than your 4th graders, you are making a difference and changing lives. We are glad to be here as a way to give your art an audience. Hopefully being published provides an extra spark as we work together to create live long artists.
Tom Worthen, Ph.D.