Beacon Hill Nursery hosted their bi-annual art show on April 28th, 2011, acknowledging the importance of artwork in children’s lives. The artwork featured by the students in this year’s event, titled “Art, Naturally”, was inspired by nature and the schools’ new natural playscape. Current students, as well as alumnae, contributed to the show.

Parents of BHNS children were invited to the school for wine and appetizers, while they took in the whimsical masterpieces. Some of the elaborate pieces on display include a “woven art” nature scene built with chicken wires and assorted fabrics that took several months for the Rainbow room to build, and a spray painted series of images on canvas, “street art”, that the kindergarten class put together to celebrate more unconventional forms of natural art.

Beacon Hill Nursery School held its first school-wide art show in the spring of 1993 in memory of a teacher, Gary Silverstein. The first event commemorated not only his life but his commitment to the arts. In recent years, as the school has become more immersed in the Reggio Emilia philosophy, so has the school’s effort to incorporate the children’s artwork into the curriculum, and the documentation of their work in the process. “It is about the story of the creation, and not just the finished project”, says Lucinda Ross, Executive Director of BHNS. “As such, the artwork is displayed alongside written words and photographs that document the children’s work”.

Beacon Hill Times, May 10, 2011