Henninger Community Comes Together for Paint Knight

     Published on 3/14/16   Tagged under:    District News    Henninger High School   

The roles were reversed at Henninger one evening, as students in the National Art Honor Society became the teachers at the school’s first Paint Knight!
Thanks to a grant written by Art Teacher Lori Lizzio, the SCSD Educational Foundation provided funding for two evenings of community art enjoyment. In the first, students invited family members to learn painting techniques. In the second, school staff stopped by to make their own creations.
“It’s great to bring the community in to have an art experience,” Ms. Lizzio explained. “It allows parents to see what their children are interested in and helps them make connections to see why. The students are so proud of what they do—this helps their families understand the extent of their talent and helps them bond over something the students are good at. Plus, it helps the community see how joyful art can be!”
Students offered several sample images for their visitors to use as inspiration. But, they said, the goal was bigger than teaching their guests to create a beautiful painting. 
“We’re teaching them how to clean brushes, mix color and more,” senior Sierra Eastman explained. “Art is how I express myself—we’re excited to get our families and school staff involved so they can learn to do that as well.”
“Our goal with Paint Knight is to target both people who like art and those who don’t see art often,” classmate Shawn Wilson added. “We want to help them learn the methods we use and help them appreciate art. It has always been my life, ever since elementary school when I stayed after school to learn more about it. I love showing others what I can do, and this is a great way to do that. Art is important and we need it in our schools!”
Great job to the students who lead the Paint Knights, and thank you to Ms. Lizzio, the SCSD Educational Foundation and community members for supporting arts in our schools through this experience. This is one of 19 projects funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation in 14 schools this year, totaling $50,000. The SCSD Educational Foundation has funded more than $750,000 in SCSD projects since 2003.