62nd annual Battle Ground School District Art Show online

In a virtual format for the second consecutive year, those interested can enjoy many pieces of art — drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and even video — from every grade level

Now in its 62nd year, the Battle Ground Public Schools’ District Art Show showcases the creative talents of students from across the district.

Battle Ground Public Schools' 62nd annual District Art Show is all online this year. Image courtesy of Battle Ground School District
Battle Ground Public Schools’ 62nd annual District Art Show is all online this year. Image courtesy of Battle Ground School District

In a virtual format for the second consecutive year, anyone can visit the district website to enjoy many pieces of art — drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and even video — from every grade level. 

The art show was founded in 1959 by the late Bob Peck, who taught art classes and shaped the art program at Battle Ground High School for more than 37 years before he retired. He collaborated with Battle Ground city librarian Frances Rieck to share students’ artistic talents with the community.

The District Art Show has morphed and grown over the years and remains a favorite event for students, parents, teachers, and community members alike. Pieces will not be judged this year, but participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. 

“I’m very proud to be able to continue the tradition of the Art Show in Battle Ground,” said Allison Tuchardt, Peck’s daughter and a Battle Ground Public Schools Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

With students beginning the school year in remote learning, art teachers worked to get supplies to them at home including sketch books, art pencils, markers and more.

“As art teachers, we are very creative,” said Barb Holterman, an art teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary and one of the organizers of the art show. “The arts support social and emotional learning in all of our students, and this year that was very, very important.”

Rebecca Broyles, who teaches art at River HomeLink, said the ability for students to have access to the arts, especially during such a stressful year, “has really saved a lot of these kids.”

The public is invited to view students’ art on the district website at battlegroundps.org/district-art-show.

Information provided by the Battle Ground School District.

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