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Published on March 6, 2018 11:58AM

Wonders ranging from a wall of African masks to a crowd of mummy sculptures and a freestanding pyramid centerpiece will pack Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery this Friday, March 9, as the students of St. James Santiago school unveil their African art exhibit.

The “Creating to Learn” exhibit will open with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm, offering snacks, beverages and a chance to chat with the student artists and their teachers.

The artwork featured in this exhibit shows that the spirit of creativity is alive and well at Lincoln City’s St. James Santiago School. Teachers at the non-profit K-6 elementary know the creative arts are fundamental to learning, so they integrate visual, musical and dramatic arts across the school curriculum. This exhibit of student projects from the 2017-18 school year showcases the school’s current study of Africa through a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, writing, scientific illustration, paper sculpture, clay, weaving and quilting. Art by the creative adult school community that supports student learning is also on display.

In the tradition of Episcopal schools, St. James Santiago combines a strong academic and moral foundation in a supportive, child-centered atmosphere.

Based at St. James Santiago Episcopal Church, the school offers small, multi-age classrooms and nurturing teachers to create an inclusive, structured environment for learning. A full-day kindergarten program provides a comprehensive social and academic start with time and space for asking questions, developing skills and learning through play.

Music, drama, art, social studies and science studies round out the primary focus on core skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Frequent walking tours to city and nature sites and field trips bring learning to life.

Art, music, drama and frequent presentations of student learning are very important parts of the curriculum at St. James Santiago. Teachers Amy White and Eric Simpson lead active music classes twice a week and students perform publicly several times a year. Twice a week, students learn basic techniques and work on open-ended projects in art with teacher Jenny Donnell. Meanwhile, weekly drama classes with teacher Kaline Klaas become the training ground for two public drama presentations each year.

“Creating to Learn” will be on display through April 9 at the Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101, available to view from 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesdays.

For more information, call 541-994-9994, or go to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

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