They say that art imitates life.
Students at Neuse Charter School are learning just this lesson through an elementary school art project that will have their works on public display starting in November.
Twenty vertical, 12x18 pieces from students in 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade were selected for temporary display at the Johnston County Animal Shelter in Smithfield.
Several years ago the pet adoption center approached the Johnston County Art Council with a plan to bolster pet adoptions and awareness by tapping into local schools’ arts programs.
“The director of Johnston County Animal Protection Services wanted to feature artwork by the different schools in Johnston County to promote the arts, but also to get the students and parents thinking about pet adoption from a rescue site,” said Judy Boyette, president of the Johnston County Arts Council.
Schools from across the county sign up for a two-month window. Sue Wilson, NCS elementary art teacher, made sure her students seized this opportunity.
“Students were to draw an animal that could be a pet and were required to use crayons and watercolor color pencils,” said Wilson. “I did a quick lesson with my Tuesday classes, talking about simple shapes and had some pictures available for reference.”
What was delivered were pictures of all types of adoptable animals. Some could be the child’s own pet or some could be a pet the child dreamed of rescuing.
This particular show runs through the end of December and can be seen at 115 Shelter Way in Smithfield. Shelter hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. But if you miss this show don’t think you’ve missed your opportunity to see Neuse Charter artists on display.
The JCAC partners with several venues to include local businesses and restaurants. Wilson said that her students will be displaying their works again at Johnston Health in January and February.
“The Arts Council likes to help teachers and students showcase their work and promote the arts however we can,” said Boyette. “This helps artists put their artwork in the community, but also helps the community in that they get to enjoy and sometimes even purchase artwork of local talented people.”
While NCS students aren’t selling their work at the Johnston County Animal Shelter, you can see their masterpieces…and then purchase a new family pet to commemorate the moment!