Photos: A Night of Art and Theater

Wearing her birthday crown, an Our Lady of Malibu School student points to her art piece, inspired by the work of Eric Carle.

Our Lady of Malibu School hosted its annual Student Art Show and Theater last Thursday evening. Family, friends and students viewed the vast body of work on display in Sheridan Hall “Art Gallery,” while enjoying a banquet dinner.

The mixed media work ranged from the use of tempera, watercolors, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastel, acrylic on canvas, and ceramics. Our Lady of Malibu School art teacher Patrice Wachs teaches the students to reach past limited views of what a child can do at the elementary and middle school level.

“Their artwork exceeds their grade level,” she shared. “Small class size means I can teach to the individual — I want them to enjoy the art process and trust their creative instincts.”

This year’s gallery included self-portraits, acrylic on canvas animal portraits, favorite dessert watercolors, a ceramic pastry shop, ceramic bas-relief sea animal tiles, ceramic bobbleheads, watercolor shoe animals, ceramic shoe art and more.

Our Lady of Malibu School’s creative exploration comes with a little assistance from Art Angels parent volunteers who present seven artists per year through the “Meet the Masters” program, assist within the classroom and help with fundraisers throughout the year.

To complete the evening of family fun festivities and celebrating the arts, Our Lady of Malibu School middle school-aged students performed Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“I love to see faces light up when students and parents see the amazing artwork framed and exhibited in a gallery setting,” Wachs said. “The students love art, especially ceramics, and are very creative.”