District Holds Big Art Day 2022

Kylie Hester, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The art departments of grades 4-12 held Big Art Day April 12. The theme for this year was “Art Like an Egyptian”, and community members were able to walk around to view different art pieces and participate in various activities.

“I feel that we are very fortunate that our district is so very supportive of Big Art Day,” art teacher Rebecca Harrison said. “The event is sponsored from an administrative level and I don’t feel that many other districts have the same support from their administrations and communities as we have in Lindale.”

Over the past few years, the art department has had themes surrounding cultures from around the world, previously focusing on Japan and France. This year, quilling, an ancient Egyptian art method using coiled paper to make designs, was the focus.  Guests could also go to various stations around the cafeteria and participate in hands-on activities such as hieroglyphics, face painting, and a photo booth.

“I really enjoyed volunteering for Big Art Day,” sophomore Julia Montgomery said. “I was one of the face painters, and it was so gratifying to see the kids, and sometimes the parents too, look at themselves after I’d finished.  Everyone was so happy, and it was a very feel-good event that doubled as a way to introduce art and culture to younger kids.”

Big Art Day is a statewide event hosted by the Texas Art Educators Association where individual districts/communities promote art in a collective format around the state. This year, the district had 29 volunteers at the event and over 175 participants.

“Big Art Day is such a good way to get in touch with the community,” senior Val Adams said. “This is my fourth year doing it, and it is always such a blast.”