Artist Jessica Campbell worked with 4th-grade and 5th-classes classes across the district this year. The 4th graders discovered the art of totem poles. The 5th grader studied the work of Frida Kahlo as they went through the process of creating self-portraits. Beyond learning a bit about symbolism and how to mix paint to create just the right shade, students learned about how having a growth mindset can help you continue even when you feel like giving up.

Pictured here is the work of two students. A student in Tara Romero’s 5th grade class at Newby Elementary School thanked Mrs. Campbell for teaching his class on zoom. One of Hayley Hook’s 4th-grade class at Columbus Elementary School shared her totem pole artwork and wrote why she selected the animals for her totem. “Lion: family, strength, energy, courage, guardian, protector. Flamingo: heart, healing, psychic people/person. Giraffe: communication, intuition, attaining the unreachable, seeing the future.”

We see a bright future for these young artists! McMinnville Education Foundation provided the funds to pay the artist’s salary and supplies that the students are able to keep through the sponsored Artist-in-Residence program.

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