Westbank Students Participate in Art Exhibit

The students of the gifted and talented program at JPPSS recently showcased their work at Oakwood Mall. The exhibit included a piece of art from every student involved in the program from westbank schools.

In order to be accepted into the program, students must present a portfolio of ten drawings and pass a school level screening.

While the program does teach various techniques, teacher Jessica Goldfinch believes that it is important to let students find their own voice so that they can feel passionate about their art.

“The program has helped many of my students improve their self esteem and that helps them excel in other areas,” she said.

Goldfinch said that supporting art in schools teaches kids to analyze instead of just memorize. It deals with problem solving, and art involves math when you’re dealing with perspective and proportion.

The students were very excited about the show and many came with their parents to take pictures in front of their work.

“We have a lot of talent in our schools and I’m glad that we have the means to do this,” Goldfinch said.