Tacoma’s Sherman Elementary is holding its fifth annual Art and Literacy evening to celebrate student work — and this time it includes a stop-motion film project. The free public event Thursday May 19 includes art-making led by local artist-parents, poetry readings and displays of student artwork.
Sherman’s PTA regularly raises funds to support an artist-in-residence at the school, who spends a few months working with students in all grade levels. This year it was Terese Cuff, a local artist who paints and draws short animated digital graphics. Cuff worked with students to create stop-motion films, supported by Sherman’s new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Initiative School designation.
Also on display will be student-made books and other art projects. Other artist parents will lead hands-on art-making including printmaking (Marit Berg), upcycled art (Tinkertopia), glass mosaic (Mauricio Robalino), mixed media medicine sticks (Kathryn Pasacal), hammered brass pendants (Maija McKnight), illustration (James Stowe) and 3-D pen drawing (Erin Pederson).
Sherman’s “Culinary Cart” will also be on display to showcase the school’s new cooking programs.
“It’s a great example of the PTA and the schools working together to bring the arts alive within the district,” said parent organizer Maija McKnight.
Art and Literacy Night
Where: Sherman Elementary, 4415 N. 38th St., Tacoma.
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.May 19