Parents and friends of the school strolled through the gallery of visual art created by Laura Trew’s lower and upper school art classes, which included life-size sculptures fashioned from packing tape. Seniors Kaity Carter and Bailey Burns modeled for the work. Each body part was individually wrapped. The wraps were removed and then pieced together to form the sculptures.
Musical Arts students shared their vocal and instrumental talents under the clock tower and other performances were in the amphitheater. Middle school students presented poetry recitals directed by Shannon Marrie. The first-grade class performed “Shortnin’ Bread” and the third grade gave its interpretation of the “Armadillo Dance.” Shauna Drinnon and Esther Brantley followed with a rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
The capacity crowd filled the chapel for the performing artistry of the Upper School Choir, Lower School Choir, and Preschoolers and Handbell Choir as Jessica Divel directed the choir through an evening of jazz.
An abbreviated performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” portrayed by upper school students closed out the performing arts segment of the evening.
Parent and volunteer Wendy Benton is considered the driving force behind the growth of the Fine Arts at TCPS. She said the Fine Arts Festival is a culmination of the arts students are involved in throughout the year.
“It showcases everything from visual arts to performing arts,” she said. “We have a wonderful art teacher, Laura Trew, who works with our upper and lower school students in visual arts, such as painting, drawing and sculpting. Our music teacher, Jessica Divel works with upper, lower and preschool students and both of their efforts were demonstrated tonight at the festival.
In addition, Pete Cuison, teaches guitar to several students and they displayed their talents as well.
TCPS received four Allied Arts Teacher Grants this year. Two focused on the Shakespeare play directed by Lisa Stewart and Benton, and Connie Gatlin, owner and artistic director at Cleveland City Ballet and Bang-A-Rang Productions, conducted an acting workshop. Laura Trew received a grant to invite Athens artist Andy Phipps to instruct students in functional sculpture creating. Maurine Olin, a local storyteller, visited middle school students for a storytelling and poetry workshop.
Benton said the Allied Arts Council puts thousands of dollars into local schools each year through funds raised at Chairees Jubilee.
“Tennessee Christian is one of the schools that has benefitted from this fundraiser,” she said.
Along with the Fine Arts Festival, visiting artists Spencer’s Own performed in the chapel earlier in the day. The singing group of five brothers performed at area schools. The Arts in Education committee of the Allied Arts Council contracted the group to visit schools and headlined Evening Shade on Friday.