|Updated: 4/30/2012 8:26 am
||Published: 4/29/2012 5:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Sunday, the Little Rock School District's Artistry in the Rock debuted with a new venue, more artwork and more student performances.
After a successful first year last year, the student showcase expanded to two days for parents, students and teachers to see homegrown artistic talent.
All grade levels are represented at the showcase- from pre-K through twelfth grade- and while you are checking out the paintings in one room, you can see the drama clubs and choirs performing in the other room on a giant screen.
The artist who created the logo for this year's Artistry in the Rock is fifth grader Claire Avery from Otter Creek Elementary. The design just came to her one day.
"I just kind of had little different pictures set up. Like I had a little music signs, and then a paint brush, and a little ballerina girl and I mushed it together and I just decided to put a paint brush as a leg and a music note as a leg," says Avery.
Avery won the logo contest and got to see her creation come to life on posters and t-shirts.
"It's just really cool to have my artwork everywhere," she says.
Ashton Kirby's piece depicting the artist Frida also won a spot at the showcase.
"She was always dressed up, and so I drew a kind of crown thing, and then, she always had earrings. Colorful earrings," says Kirby.
The David O'Dodd fifth grader isn't shy about sharing his art with his family.
"Just really proud of myself. I know they're proud of me, and it's just a cool feeling," says Kirby.
The district says art programs help students do better in a variety of subjects and boost test scores.
"This is a wonderful way for them to be able to shine in their communities and their homes and in their schools, and if we can provide that for all students, we've really done our jobs as educators," says teacher Anna Lloyd.
Artistry in the Rock continues Monday at the Clearchannel Metroplex from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free.