AMSA celebrates the arts with Arts Fest

Anoka Middle School for the Arts presented its AMSA Arts Fest on both campuses May 16.

A trio of sixth-grade potters demonstrate the fine art of ceramics, working the clay on the potter’s wheels in room 120.
A trio of sixth-grade potters demonstrate the fine art of ceramics, working the clay on the potter’s wheels in room 120.Photo by Sue Austreng

Hallways burst with color on bamboo brush, acrylic and watercolor paintings, chalk portraits and cartoons. Classrooms served as studios with students demonstrating their skill with ceramics and science.

Music and laughter filled the air and students and families celebrated beauty everywhere.

The middle school’s Arts Fest mantra echoed throughout the schools’ hallways and in classrooms throughout the Washington and Fred Moore campuses:

“Through the arts, our knowledge is learned and expressed. Education here is not just a lecture and test. To share, to create, to inspire, to impress – with multiple talents our students are blessed.

“Hours of fun in one evening compressed. With excellent learning through arts we’re obsessed. We hope you can find the time to invest. Please come to the AMSA Arts Fest.”

His science project on display in a Washington campus science classrooms during the May 16 Arts Fest, Sam Gillard explains the working mechanics of the electromagnetic motors he built. Martina Pelkola snaps a picture of her daughter Mary’s “Ode to my Brother,” exhibited in the hallways with other pieces of creative writing on display during the May 16 Arts Fest. The sixth-grade art show featured color wheel eye paintings and Dr. Seuss landscapes, on display in the second-floor hallways at Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ Washington campus.
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Martina Pelkola snaps a picture of her daughter Mary’s “Ode to my Brother,” exhibited in the hallways with other pieces of creative writing on display during the May 16 Arts Fest.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]