Every year in the spring, Stafford County Schools has a Fine Arts Fair, which showcases the talents and creations of those in the school system. They had almost the entire high school filled with creativity- on halls, lockers, assembly rooms. Various choruses, orchestras, bands, & drama clubs filled the cafeteria with lovely sounds and creative pieces. It was pretty incredible. We are glad that we have these specialties offered, even in the elementary schools.
Between a lot of the displays, they had interactive projects that the kids could try. This is sand art, which Kate loved.
Kate had one of her projects selected to display at the fair- a clay waterlily.
David also had a piece selected, and he was so proud of his clay bowl.
One of the highlights of the fair for my kids was the Musical Petting Zoo. They were able to try quite a few instruments.
David plays the cello.
Kate tries a trumpet.
Kate absolutely fell in love with the violin. She has decided that is the instrument that she would love to play when she begins orchestra in middle school. She is taking her first year of piano lessons this year, but she is looking forward greatly to the violin in a few years. Michael was not excited to hear this, as he has a difficult time tolerating un-skilled strings players. ;-)
David tries the violin
The flute is hard. Kate couldn't get it to make noise.
Lots of air for the trumpet.
Michael was not excited about this, as he just wants to stick with the piano.
The band students were quite patient with the children, and you could tell they enjoyed music. They were allegedly washing all the mouthpieces between children, but I am suspicious of their cleaning methods, since both Kate and David now have strep throat. Fun.
Regardless, I am glad for antibiotics and modern medicine, and also for a good school system that offers both excellent academics and fine arts opportunities.