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Spring Arts Extravaganza Open through March 11

The Spring Arts Extravaganza is sponsored by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and Modern Automotive.

Reservations must be made to see the show in person. To make a reservation, go to In Person. To see a video, go to YouTube.

The show can also be viewed online by going to Online

For more pictures, go to Your Permanent Record.

Art 5 MARCH 2, 2021 – Art by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County students will be on display at the annual Springs Arts Extravaganza being held Wednesday March 3 through Thursday March 11.

The art will hang in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem at 251 N. Spruce St. To see the show in person during these times, it is necessary to make reservation for a specific time. The show can also be viewed online. 

Stephanie Parsons teaches art at Sherwood Forest Elementary. This is what she had to say:

“As we come upon the year anniversary of a pandemic,” Parsons said, “life was we know it has definitely changed. This past year has shown how students have been able to adapt and persevere. As artists, we have put one of our best talents to use – the ability to problem solve creatively.”

“I have continuously been amazed by the wonderful artwork students would send me using the limited materials they might have.”

“It is very exciting and encouraging that we are able to bring to the community our annual Spring Arts Extravaganza at Milton Rhodes Center as well as virtually through the school district website and Cable 2.”

When we invited art teachers to send examples of the work that will be on display, Diahann Betzner-Tabor, who teaches art of Southeast Middle School, sent a piece by sixth-grader Madison Cramer.

Art 17 “This piece is a monochromatic self-portrait,’’ Betzner-Tabor said. “Madison is a very talented young artist with lots of promise. This lesson had a focus on color theory as students studied about color prior to completing a monochromatic piece.”

Deborah Cummings teaches art at Carver High.

“Carver Art 2 students created a still life drawing of three objects they care about. The objective was to create an observational drawing where students learned techniques to create the illusion of depth in a drawing. With the pandemic, it was suggested for them to use items that help them cope and that they care about. They arranged the objects and then took a photograph to look at to create their Still Life.” 

“It is my hope that the students found solace in producing their piece. Many students were happy with their results. I am proud of their work and efforts.” 

Cummings sent art by:

Joey Benitez-Lopez - 12th Grade

Taniah Young - 12th Grade

Natalia Alfaro-Diaz - 11th Grade

Johnica Banks- 11th Grade

Kelly Vincent teaches art at Jefferson Middle

“This year has been interesting trying to teach art mostly online but the kids have risen to the occasion and have submitted absolutely beautiful pieces of artwork!” Vincent said.

Vincent sent art by:

Art 20 John Stanfield, 7th grade Japanese Monochromatic Landscape

Cadence Morris-Belcher, 6th grade copy of Jacob Lawrence's "The American Struggle". 

Andrew Riley, 8th grade Mixed Media Self Portrait

The show has three divisions:  Elementary, Middle School and High School with prizes awarded in each division.  Judging is by Modern Automotive representatives on Wednesday, March 3, and ribbons will be placed on the winners. 

Three winners will receive a $250 Sawtooth School scholarship from Modern Automotive. Sawtooth School will present each winner with a one-year family membership.  Modern will present three honorable mention artists with a one-year student membership to Sawtooth School and certificates to purchase supplies for their classrooms to the art teachers of the three first-place winners.

WS/FCS considers touching every student with arts opportunities as one of its core missions. Studies have showed that arts strengthen the educational process, help keep at-risk students engaged, and create the kind of creative thinking that is important for success. The Arts Council, in partnership with Wells Fargo, provides “Arts in Education” grants that benefit nearly every child in the school system.

Art 88 “The longstanding relationship between The Arts Council and WS/FCS is one to be celebrated, said Chase Law, President & CEO of the Arts Council. “Our school system recognizes the importance of arts and culture and is committed to introducing it to our youth and integrating it into their educational experience. We have been pioneers here in so many ways, one of which is providing quality arts instruction across all disciplines and ensuring that creativity enhances all academic programming.”