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Katy ISD announces “plein air” painting winners

November 13, 2018 GMT

The Katy Independent School District Fine Arts Department has announced the winners of its first annual “plein air” event at Willow Fork Park.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 20 Katy ISD advanced art students from Cinco Ranch, Katy, Morton Ranch, Seven Lakes, Taylor and Tompkins high schools attended and painted works of art “en plein air,” which is the practice of painting outside surrounded by nature.

Katy High School student Juno Duncan took “Best in Show” award, Taylor High School Zoe Peyton High student took the “Award of Excellence” and her classmate Michelle Li took the “Artist’s Choice” award.

Their art teachers were Elizabeth Clark-Peterson, Melissa Lobpries and Nancy Viola, respectively.

Mitzi Jones, Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the Katy ISD, said she thought the inaugural event ran smoothly.

“We had excellent weather! Many parents and family members attended with several guests from the community as well,” Jones said. “Our Katy ISD advanced painting students loved having the opportunity to visit and hear directly from the Jurors who are professional Plein Air Painters. This was a perfect way to bring art in action to our community and to engage our students in an excellent learning experience.”

Painters had two hours to finish their paintings at Willow Fork Park. Winners were judged by professional plein air painters from the Outdoor Painters Society.

Sixteen Katy ISD teachers spent a day with the professionals learning the techniques to then show their students how to plein air paint, Jeanne Reavis, a member of Outdoor Painters Society recently told the Rancher.

The Katy ISD has 119 visual art educators in the fine arts department at its 64 campuses and well over 370 fine arts educators in art, music, theatre and dance.

The district plans to continue to teach the new painting techniques in its curriculum, Jones said.