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Performing artists such as these charros and fancy dancers of the Ballet Folklorico de Farr School perform traditional Mexican dances at the smART Fest at California Center for the Arts.

Performing artists such as these charros and fancy dancers of the Ballet Folklorico de Farr School perform traditional Mexican dances at the smART Fest at California Center for the Arts.

The California Center for the Arts, Escon­dido, was fairly bursting at the seams with performing and visual art, sculptures, photo­graphs, ceramics, dancing and more supplied by the city’s elementary school students last Saturday (April 9).

Supervisor Dave Roberts, Cal-Arts Execu­tive Jerry Van Leeuwen, the center’s Museum and Education Director Leah Goodwin greeted festival-goers at the Performance Stage.

Roberts said he has long supported arts programs in schools

Members of the Ballet Folklorico de Farr School, congregate offstage at the California Center for the Arts.

Members of the Ballet Folklorico de Farr School, congregate offstage at the California Center for the Arts.

and brought his adopted daughter Natalee to the festival.

Van Leeuwen told the audience that studies have proven that engineers who have taken arts classes function better in their careers.

“We’ve been fighting to bring art back into the schools,” said Goodwin. “We in Cal-Arts believe in provid­ing all of these programs in our local schools. So, today you are going to see artworks from 23

Fifth-grade arts teacher Rina Vinetz shows students’ work in honor of artist Claes Old­enburg, which included a bigger-than-life sculpture of a stick of butter and super-sized packages of favorite candies.

Fifth-grade arts teacher Rina Vinetz shows students’ work in honor of artist Claes Old­enburg, which included a bigger-than-life sculpture of a stick of butter and super-sized packages of favorite candies.

schools.”

The smART Festival showcased per­formances and exhibits filled by all of the school district’s students. The My Story program was on display on two stages and exhibit space at the festival. The fourth grade curriculum connects students to California history using theatrical techniques, which develop strong speaking and listening skills, according to a festival brochure.

The My Story program has been supported by the McBeth Founda­tion

Collages such as the one at left and a My Story exhibit’s photograph showed off the talents and imaginative depth of Escondido stu­dents.

Collages such as the one at left and a My Story exhibit’s photograph showed off the talents and imaginative depth of Escondido stu­dents.

for “15 or 16 years, working with fourth- and fifth-graders in the arts and drama,” according to Norm Timmins, a member of the foundations’ board.

The foundation was started by art­ist and philanthropist Barbara McBeth Woodruff, whose father, Ira McBeth invented chemicals that improved ag­ricultural quality and increased pro­duction in the 1920s.

My Story teams of fourth-graders from North Broadway, Rock Springs and Farr elementary schools per­formed

 

 

at the Center Theatre.

Fifth-graders used digital photog­raphy to create written narratives that connect their photos with emotions, also perspective and elements of de­sign while sharpening language arts skills.

The exhibit in the center’s museum displayed interesting photos of every­day school life. Students showed some real talent.

The festival kicked off with a perfor­mance by the Bear Valley Intermedi­ate School band and the colorful Ballet Folklorico de Farr

Festival-goers take in an exhibition of ceramics and visual art.

Festival-goers take in an exhibition of ceramics and visual art.

School. The troupe, which included mini-Charro boys in broad sombreros their female coun­terparts in long, flouncy dresses per­formed dances such as “La Culebra” (The Snake) and “Viajero” (Traveler).

Quantum Academy’s Mime Team put on a silent act and dance teams from Juniper, Pioneer, Rose schools and Del Dios Academy performed in­terspersed with music from the Juniper Choir, The Golden Notes and Rainbow Rhythm Sticks.

The Mainly Mozart

The dancers whirl to the traditional tunes.

The dancers whirl to the traditional tunes.

Youth Orchestra performed a free concert at 3 p.m. under the direction of Hernan Constantino.

High Tech Elementary North Coun­ty fifth-grade Arts Exploratory Teacher Rina Vinetz was on hand to present the school’s exhibit inspired by the large- scale sculptures of everyday items by Claes Oldenburg.

The “Larger than Life” exhibit fea­tured a vertical stick of butter three feet long, giant Crayola markers and pencils, along with overlarge, lifelike packages of Skittles, Cheetos and oth­er treats.





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