As hundreds of cars snaked through the Wilchester Elementary (WCE) driveway on a recent Saturday, students from the school were seen in cars searching for their framed art from among the 830 pieces on display – one from every student in the school.
“I got to sit in the front of the car next to my mommy to see the art,” WCE student Charlotte T. exclaimed.
To kick off National Youth Art Month, art teacher Stephanie Walton organized the show and had help from many school staff members to set up the art and help students locate their pieces to take home.
“The sparkle in their eye when the kids spotted it [their own artwork] was worth every minute of planning, set up, and working the show,” Walton said. “THIS is what Youth Art Month is all about.”
Two Houston City Council members attended the show as invited guests: Greg Travis (District G) and Amy Peck (District A). Each received a composite piece of art, consisting of four student creations, to take back to their offices at City Hall.
Seeing their artwork on display brought moments of pride for Wilchester students.
“I saw my rodeo piece in the professional-looking frame, and I felt so proud of myself and how smart WCE was to do a drive-through art show,” wrote Amelia P. in a thank you to Ms. Walton.
In recent years, the annual Wilchester art show has been set up at Don Coleman Coliseum to accommodate the growing number of pieces and visitors, but was not possible this year due to COVID-19 constraints.
“I’m proud COVID can’t stop us from showing our talent,” Jordyn H. wrote to Ms. Walton.
“We did our very best to keep ‘normalcy’ in our school year by having our annual art show—just a little different in a drive thru through fashion,” Walton said.
View more photos from the art show here.
Students and staff continue to adapt to new ways of maintaining traditional experiences. Like the framed artwork shown at Wilchester, their resilience and creativity are points of pride in the Spring Branch ISD ‘gallery’ of Collective Greatness.
Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications