On display at Café Zoe, in Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood is an art exhibit by the students of the German-American International School, also located in the Willows. The exhibit features student artwork from kindergarten through grade 8 and runs through March 31.
The highlight of the exhibit showcased the artwork of kindergarten students, the culmination of a six-week unit where the students learned about art ranging from early cave art to Monet to Andy Warhol and experimented with different modalities. At the end of the unit, each kindergarten student selected two artists that inspired them, using that inspiration to create their own unique painting.
“This is the fifth year GAIS students have displayed their art at Cafe Zoe,” says Maike Silver, GAIS Student Services and Admissions Manager and coordinator for the exhibit. “Students truly see themselves as artists when they see their artwork displayed in a public place. They develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities to create art and in forming partnerships with the community.”
To celebrate their artistic endeavors, the kindergarten students and parents gathered at Café Zoe for a early morning reception (shown in photos).
“The children’s artwork is such a joy visually and we look forward to the energy and excitement it brings to the cafe community,” says Kathleen Daly, Café Zoe owner. “The German-American International School is a vital partner of the Menalto Corners businesses.”
The German-American International School, in Menlo Park since 1991, has 315 students from preschool through grade 8.
Photos by Irene Searles