Arts Day and Day of the Dance – April 19, 2013

Westlake Art2013Students at Westlake Elementary School are highlighting their artistic endeavors during the months of April and May. Westlake Elementary School students’ will host their 18th Annual Arts Fair ~ Day of Dance on Friday, April 19, 2013 in addition to exhibiting their art work during the months of April and May at the Santa Cruz Public Library Children’s Room in downtown Santa Cruz.

Westlake Elementary School is dedicated to supporting a standards based sequential arts curriculum in the visual and performing arts. This year every student will perform during our Annual Day of Dance. Under the direction of dance providers Papiba Godinho, Dawn Imbrie, Ibu N’gom, Myra Rittenhouse and Jo Washburn, Westlake students will demonstrate a variety of dance styles, including creative movement, folk dance, Capoeira, traditional African dance and Hip Hop. The dance program is funded by Westlake families and The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. Activities during the Day of Dance begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Additionally, more than 25 Westlake Elementary Schools currently have their artwork on display in downtown Santa Cruz in the Children’s Room of the Santa Cruz Public Library. Under the direction of credentialed art teachers, Stephanie Young and Myra Eastman, students in grades K-5 explore and a wide variety of visual art techniques, including perspective, shading, color mixing and idea development. Students also study famous art masters and art trends throughout history. The students develop a strong foundation in the visual arts which enables them to further their studies at the middle and high school level with confidence.