Art the Bee
Written By: Demyah Jackson
On Friday April 19, 2013 SCAD staff, students, and Art the Bee set out to Barnwell Elementary on the school’s Artist Day, to surprise the Art teacher, Mrs. Melissa Nail, and her students with art supplies valued at $2,000, courtesy of SCAD Atlanta’s bookstore Follett.
The school was holding an Artist Day for the students, who earlier in the day got to see a range of artistic talent such as performing and culinary artists, scene designers, musicians, hip hop dancers, painters, and even ice carvers. The SCAD volunteers arrived in the SCAD Shuttle soon after and presented the supplies in the school’s cafeteria. The presentation opened with an introduction from Jennifer Liu, Enrollment Programs Manager, and the group of Student Ambassadors and Admission Student Assistants, who each got the opportunity to introduce themselves by name and career aspiration. Their introductions gave the 386 kids an idea of various exciting careers that can come about from studying different arts. The children were ecstatic to see Art the Bee and even more excited to hear that they were receiving new art goodies! It ended with presenting all the art supplies to the teacher, who from her reaction was very enthusiastic about the donation. “Now you and your amazing students can continue to create masterpieces year-round just like the artists you met today during your Artist Day,” said Jennifer Liu.
The student participants included: Xiaoyan Fan, Andrea Van Hintum, Nathan Pinney, Nino Flores, Demyah Jackson, Shala Boyd, Brandon Bryant, and Carlos Maldonado-Romero. Overall the event went great and SCAD cannot wait to do it again!
SCAD students and staff held a surprise Buzz Bus visit at Briar Vista Elementary on Monday, October 24! As a Dekalb County Public School, Briar Vista Elementary School follows the guiding Montessori principle of meeting the needs of the individual student. The school’s mission is to establish a strong foundation for all students by providing a safe, nurturing learning environment, enhanced with the use of developmentally appropriate resources, enabling them to become life-long learners in a rapidly changing society.
SCAD Atlanta volunteers visited Briar Vista Elementary for the first Buzz Bus visit of the 2011-2012 school year! SCAD volunteers recognized Art Teacher, Ms. Nguyen and celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with her fourth and fifth grade class. Robin Morris, Continuing Education Coordinator II, led a hands-on workshop with a Day of the Dead theme. Students learned about the history of the holiday and discussed creative art techniques. Students drew elaborate designs, brainstormed color schemes, cut out flowers and decorations, used paint and gemstones, and created paper masks to take home! Everyone felt inspired to create a one-of-a-kind mask. Brandon, a student in the class, exclaimed “Art is my favorite class!”
SCAD also surprised Ms. Nguyen with a tremendous donation of free art supplies. These supplies were generously donated during the summer Buzz Bus donation drive from SCAD staff, departments, and students. The art donations included free notebooks, drawing pads, pencils, kneaded erasers, pens, watercolor sets, fabric samples, photo paper, and more! Students also received a Buzz Bus postcard and bee sticker as a keepsake! By the end of the visit, students were requesting signed autographs from Art the Bee and SCAD volunteers!
ABOUT BRIAR VISTA ELEMENTARY
Briar Vista Elementary School, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is in the Dekalb County Public Schools district. Briar Vista follows the guiding Montessori principle of meeting the needs of the individual student. Differentiated instruction addresses students’ needs, and is delivered through individual, small group and whole class presentations. The school’s mission is to establish a strong foundation for all students by providing a safe, nurturing learning environment, enhanced with the use of developmentally appropriate resources, enabling them to become life-long learners in a rapidly changing society.
For many SCAD students the morning of Friday, April 1, 2011 was just another day to sleep in. However, for the volunteers on the Buzz Bus it was a prime opportunity to spread SCAD cheer to Toomer Elementary. The students and faculty were graced with the presence of the SCAD Drumline, Art the Bee, Purely Acoustik, Admissions counselors, and last but not least Student Ambassadors! Throughout the visit, SCAD dazzled the children with live performances, courtesy of the SCAD Drumline and Purely Acoustik, guest speeches and free art supplies.
The art supplies were presented to the deserving Art Teacher Jan Watford, who currently teaches at three Atlanta area schools! The art supplies were made possible by the generous donations of the SCAD Enrollment Management and SCAD student and staff. As you can see from the in photos the kids had an absolute blast at the event and so did we!
More BUZZZZ Buses are sure to take flight in the future so make sure your on board!
On February 25, 2011, the Buzz Bus (filled with SCAD staff and student ambassadors) visited Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. In celebration for Black History Month, SCAD alum Andrea Lake led a quilt-making workshop inspired by The Patchwork Path, illustrated by SCAD alum Erin Banks. More than thirty 6th grade girls stitched together quilt squares using donated fabric from the SCAD Fashion Department. The Patchwork Path along with book bags, notebooks, and pens were also donated to the school’s sixth grade art students.