Fourth-grader Abby White stepped back and admired her creation: a cardboard prototype of a six-bedroom bird hotel, complete with skylights and an automatic door.
"Actually, you could fit nine birds in here if three of them were babies," she mused.
White, along with fourth-graders from the region's six elementary schools, came to Hotchkiss on March 16 for the 23rd annual Arts Day, an event featuring drawing, painting, dancing, theatre, and cardboard sculpture workshops led by artists from across the region. The day was punctuated by performances in Walker Auditorium, including the David Poirier Jazz Quartet, a demonstration by cellist Eugene Friesen, and a preview of Housatonic Valley Regional High School's spring production of The Drowsy Chaperone.
Fourth Grade Arts Day, sponsored by The Arts Fund for Region One, aims to nurture creativity and instill a love of art in the district's elementary schoolers. To date, nearly 3,000 students have participated in the event.
Said Hotchkiss Art Program Director Brad Faus: "Arts Day is an inspired model for ways in which Hotchkiss can provide dynamic and engaging arts opportunities to school children from the six towns of the northwest corner of Connecticut."