District Art Show Celebrates Creativity of PYLUSD Students of All Ages

PYLUSD 2024 Artworks

The vibrant hues of acrylic and oil paintings, the delicate strokes of watercolor, the intricate designs of ceramics, and the captivating snapshots of photography all came together in a spectacular display at the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s (PYLUSD) annual district-wide art show, Artworks. Showcasing the talents of transitional kindergarten through twelfth-grade students, this event took place April 11-17, 2024, and drew crowds of art enthusiasts and supporters to celebrate artistic creativity in its many forms.

This year, over 1,100 pieces of student art were put on display, offering a glimpse into the artistic expressions that flourish under the guidance of teachers throughout the district. From traditional mediums like drawings and paintings to contemporary forms such as graphic art and digital media, the exhibition was a testament to the imagination and skill of young PYLUSD artists.

The selection process for Artworks is a meticulous one, ensuring representation from every school level and art discipline. Twenty pieces from each elementary school, and thirty pieces from middle and high school art classes, were carefully chosen by dedicated art teachers. Each year, these educators curate a collection that reflects the richness and diversity of student artistry in PYLUSD.

Unlike traditional art competitions, Artworks is not about awards or rankings. It’s a celebration of artistic expression, where every piece finds its place in the spotlight, appreciated for its unique narrative and aesthetic appeal. However, this year, special recognition was given to student Sophie Zhai, the winner of the Artworks Poster Contest, who received a $50 gift card for her outstanding contribution.

The excitement reached its peak on Opening Night, held on Thursday, April 11, as attendees lined up outside of the district’s Professional Development Academy, eager to immerse themselves in creativity. Students, teachers, staff, administrators, and proud parents marveled at the talent on display.

Artworks would not be made possible without the unwavering support of the REACH Foundation and the planning efforts of Visual Arts Coordinator and El Dorado High School teacher Audra Ross. It is more than just an art show; it’s a celebration of imagination, ingenuity, and the endless possibilities that unfold when passion meets purpose among PYLUSD students and teachers.

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