Because this is the fourth year of the art program, Ceniseroz said she has seen a progression of learning. Students are becoming more comfortable with artwork, and it also helps with reading and writing skills. “It’s a win-win situation,” Ceniseroz said. “This is my dream job.” Parent Mike Vasquez, 39, said he had no idea the kind of artwork that his first-grade son Mike was doing until Friday – and then he was amazed. “He drew a flower vase, and the only time he sees flowers is at my mom and dad’s gravesite,” Vasquez said. “I had to come in and see for myself.” Price said he was “fascinated” to see how the students developed their own styles by imitating well-known artists. “I think the school is to be commended,” Price said. “This is a superb way to end the school year, with art and beauty and individual talents.” [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext.3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Kindergartners through fifth-graders learn about artists such as Picasso, Diego Rivera, Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keefe, using watercolors or pencils or crayons to imitate those artists’ styles. Through that process, children often end up creating their own artistic styles, officials said – and that artwork was featured prominently Friday during the school’s fourth annual Phelan Art Festival. “I came to this for the first time last year, and I made sure I got it on my calendar this year because it’s just so special,” said Joe Price, a board member for the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation. The foundation supplies one-third of the funding for Phelan’s art program, along with state School Improvement funds and the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. The Art Festival featured at least two pieces of artwork by each of the school’s 550 students, and including singing, dancing, music performances, pizza and ice cream. WEST WHITTIER – “Every child is an artist,” according to a well-known quote by famed painter Pablo Picasso. “The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” But Daniel Phelan Elementary School officials say they’ve found a simple way to keep children enthusiastic about art – just by keeping them involved in art. Every year, teacher Bonnie Ceniseroz manages to give at least four one-hour art lessons to children in every classroom at every grade level.
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