A sea of people, paintings, and musical instruments saturated Bishop Moore Catholic High School’s gym for the Orlando Catholic Schools 2nd Annual Fine Arts Extravaganza. Our schools offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities that encourage students to explore and develop their God-given, artistic talents, and this day celebrated these gifts.
Fourteen schools from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties participated. Ninety-seven pieces of artwork were entered in the show, ranging from a recreation of Van Gogh’s “Irises” to a Chagall-inspired painting that depicted feeling God’s love in a first communion. Marion M., a student from Holy Family Catholic School, incorporated fallen palm branches from Hurricane Irma to create a unique, brightly-colored piece inspired by traditional African tribal masks. She won 1st place for grades 6-8 in Three-Dimensional Art.
Sofia C. from St. James Cathedral School took home 3rd place for grades 6-8 in Three-Dimensional Art after bringing “Seussical” and “The Cat in the Hat” to life. She won the People’s Choice award as well. Susie M. from St. Margaret Mary Catholic School won the Best of Show and Anton F. from Morning Star Catholic School received an Honorable Mention.
Meanwhile, Annunciation Catholic Academy left with three ribbon winners: Mary H. won 1st place for grades 6-8 in Painting, Sarah Z. won 1st place for grades 2-5 in Three-Dimensional Art, and Mauricio H. won 2nd place for grades 2-5 in Mixed Media. From All Souls Catholic School, James C. and Karalyna L. showcased vibrant, Kandinsky-inspired artwork. Emmalyn D. and Sarai R. received Honorable Mention ribbons for their paintings, and Soledad A. won second place for her Mixed Media entry.
The youngest artists were also very successful. For K-2 Drawing, Jamar B. from St. Andrew Catholic School took home 1st place while Marly L. took home 3rd. In Mixed Media K-2, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School’s students claimed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and Chloe C. from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School won 1st place in K-2 Three-Dimensional Art.
A special display of artwork created by Bishop Moore Catholic High School students offered inspiration to the younger students, showing them where their artistic talents could take them at the high school level.
Throughout the morning, there were 16 musical performances from 10 schools, with more than 400 students performing as musicians, singers, or actors. The band from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, the Pride of St. Charles, played a Star Wars Medley that would make George Lucas proud. The Voices of St. Charles sang beautifully as well! Later on, Holy Redeemer Catholic School’s second-grade choir stole the audience’s hearts with their sweet rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” and the eighth graders from Good Shepherd Catholic School enacted a scene from “High School Musical.” St. John Vianney Catholic School’s newly formed Stage Band had toes tapping and hands clapping to “We Got the Beat,” by the GoGos.
All of the students involved did a marvelous job of using their artistic talents to further God’s kingdom. At Orlando Catholic schools, we embrace our students’ God-given gifts and encourage them to excel academically, spiritually, and socially. To learn more about what makes our schools different, contact us online or at 407-246-4800.