Art Connections

Charlottesville City Schools Reimagines Annual Student Art Show Online

Exhibition Opens Monday, May 3 with Interactive Exhibition and Student-Created Coloring Book

Charlottesville City Schools continues its long-standing tradition of a spring exhibition of student art — but this year, the show moves online to The show also features a student-created coloring book exploring the theme of “Resilience,” a quality that has taken on special meaning during the pandemic.

Families and community members can connect to the art show via the link or using a QR code on promotional postcards and posters. Once online, viewers are greeted by a welcome video featuring art teachers, Charlottesville Schools staff, and the young artists of our community reflect on how art gives them strength.

As an extra bonus, students across the division are being given a student-created coloring book exploring the idea of resilience, from Humpty Dumpty to facemasks to gardening to sports. Students in younger grades are also being given a fresh set of crayons and other art materials for using the coloring book.

“The video and the coloring book are such added values to this year’s exhibition,” noted Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “It’s inspirational to hear our students and my colleagues reflecting on how art gives them strength. And the visual explorations of resilience in the coloring book offer a calming way to reflect on what we have accomplished and learned throughout this pandemic.”

As with the in-person show, the art is divided into thematic categories —  Communities, The Natural World, Visual Math, The Foundations of Art, Storytelling, & Art History.

Just as in a face-to-face exhibition, the community is invited to come see the art by logging on. Printable copies of the coloring book are also available online.