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Kent ISD Display

posted Oct 20, 2011, 3:29 PM by Molly Marshall   [ updated Sep 2, 2012, 9:31 AM ]
For Immediate Release                                                                     
Contact:  Allison Kaufman
October 10, 2011                                                                                                  



GRAND RAPIDS – Traditional art from Byron Center Public Schools artists is now on view at Kent ISD. Watercolor, cut paper, oil pastel, torn paper, digital art, sharpie, and more can be viewed in the lobby at 2930 Knapp NE during business hours.

The artwork comes from students in grades 1-8 from Brown Elementary, Countryside Elementary, Nickels Intermediate and West Middle School. Instructors Janine Campbell, Jon LaBeau, Jamie Kosmicki and Molly Marshall help students explore traditional principles of design, a variety of materials and art’s connection to everyday life.

“Art fosters the development of essential skills for productive members of society including fine motor skills, creative problem solving, higher order thinking, and the observations they reflect” said teacher Janine Campbell. This year students have studied different aspects of Wassily Kandinsky, Polish Wycinanki, Picasso, Chuck Close and Celtic-inspired mixed media works. Byron Center Public Schools provides a comprehensive and sequential visual arts program that meets the needs of all students by building visual literacy and fostering creative skills through producing, analyzing and comparing art media. See more artwork from Byron Center students online at and

The Byron Center Public Schools art display is one of a series during the year from schools within Kent ISD.  Other schools with displays this year include East Grand Rapids High School, Forest Hills Public School and Plymouth Christian High School. Kent ISD also participates in annual Congressional Arts Competition, serving as local judges and occasionally offering purchase awards to student winners.