Delve Into The Wondrous “Arts & Treats” at Bates Elementary

The kindergarten, first and second graders at Bates Elementary School had a chance to show off an entire year’s worth of their work from art class during this year’s Arts & Treats event last Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Bates Art Instructor Julie Nichols, with help from parent volunteers from Team Bates, collected and paper-mounted 15 works of art from each of the 350 kids who attended the school this year.

“This involves thousands of pieces of art,” Nichols said. “The parents from Team Bates are
really the ones that facilitate this event. Without them grabbing art from me throughout the school year every year, this wouldn’t be possible.”

The parent volunteers each take home numerous bundles of artwork, whether it’s their kid’s or someone else’s, and lovingly prepare each one with the end result of an impressive wall-covering art show that gives each and every Bates student a chance to shine.

“The kids absolutely love having their art on display … we had five classes of elephants drawn by second graders, so that’s 125 pieces of elephant art all on display at once,” Nichols said. “The displays are really quite mesmerizing. We get a lot of parents and grandparents not just attending the event, but stopping into my classroom to comment on the art as it’s being made.”

The art is based on different renowned artists the the kids study, such as Henri Matisse, Jasper Johns, Laurel Birch and many others. There were both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces on display, with most of the 2-D art hanging in hallways and a great deal of the 3-D art on display in the school’s gym. The former type of art is still hanging at the school where it will remain until the end of the school year.

In addition to Team Bates, Nichols thanked the DHS National Honor Society members who attended the event to provide face-painting, as well as Dexter’s A&W for providing root beer for the floats that constituted the “treat” portion of the event.

Thank you to Hope Vestergaard for for providing the photos included in this article and in the below photo gallery. The photos are by Evie Erickson. Also, thank you to Julie Nichols for providing the information for the written portion of this post.

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