Budding artists start to bloom at fine arts night

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published May 16, 2013

 Haban Andemariam paints the Batman symbol on Drevon Shorter’s face during the Harper Woods Schools Evening of Fine Arts program May 9.

Haban Andemariam paints the Batman symbol on Drevon Shorter’s face during the Harper Woods Schools Evening of Fine Arts program May 9.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Schools recently showed that they’re not only focused on the core academic subjects, but they also nurture students’ growth as young artists.

Students throughout the district from elementary through the high school took part in An Evening of Fine Arts May 9 at the Harper Woods Secondary School campus. There was music performed by students, artwork, face painting, a performance by the high school step team and more at the event.

“It was really great,” art teacher Christina Peltier said. “We had a ton of people here.”

District Parent Community Engagement Specialist Deborah Whitelow agreed.

“It was a good arts night,” she said.

Peltier’s middle school students took part by showing off their own artistic creations, but they also lent a hand to get ready for the big night.

“They all helped set up,” Peltier said. “My middle school kids really stepped up.”

A group of middle school students recently talked about their participation in the districtwide program.

“It was good,” eighth-grade student D’Andrea Prim said. “I like art. It was fun.”

“I felt professional,” seventh-grade student Peirre Brown said, adding that he wanted to help out with setting up “to do something nice.”

Brown said the district hosting a program like this is important because “it can show what we are capable of and a future that some of the kids have.”

“I was really proud,” he said. “I was excited.”

While he said he isn’t the best artist, he praised his sister, whom he said is a great artist, and showed off her work in the show.

“She’s a real talented artist,” he said. “I think she has a bright future ahead of her.”

He said it was a great event that he thinks the school should host again.

Eighth-grade student Jalen Holmes, who hopes to someday use his artistic talent to design graphics for video games, said he was a bit nervous about showing off his artwork, but said it was fun.

“It shows how people express themselves,” he said.

Holmes’ brother, Jason, was also eager to talk about his work in the show, as was middle school student Ra’Knecia Brown, an art club member at the school, who said it was a great show.