More than 80 students at member schools of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) gathered at St. Anne’s-Belfield School on Nov. 15 for a day of creativity and celebration of the arts.
The day kicked off with a scene from the recent Upper School Fall Play, Mark Twain’s Is He Dead? followed by four sessions of workshop options. Among the offerings were several led by St. Anne’s-Belfield School faculty members including Ms. Kailie Larkin’s Build Your Own Adventure and Mrs. Dorene Fisher’s Blocking the Monologue. Ms. Liz Herlevson offered an Illustrative Tiles session, and Ms. Sophie Gibson offered tonal and textural explorations in charcoal. Mrs. Kim Cox led students in using art as a vehicle to bring social change via The Hexagon Projects Art Program, and Mrs. Victoria Redfearn-Cave combined choral music, creative writing, and visual arts to help students explore what it’s like to be in eighth and ninth grade.
Among other options, workshops focused art nouveau jewelry, storytelling, fiber arts, poetry, jazz, and much more.
“Our goal for the festival is for students to come together from across the state to celebrate and share their love for the arts,” said Laura Godwin, of VAIS. “Students participate in creative workshops meant to stimulate new ideas and offer innovative techniques.”
Photos from the Festival are now available on the School's SmugMug account.