Art Projects to Take Center Stage at Gala

Christina Cantu, Development Director

Gala and artwork, it’s a hot topic, and if you’ve never been to this grand biennial event, you might wonder what’s the story here. Each class worked hard during the fall semester to create unique works for our live auction at the gala. The live auction highlights our fundraising event—fast-action bidding, high energy, teachers waiting in nail-biting anticipation to see how their class project will do and who will take home the piece—it’s serious fun! Previous galas’ artwork can be found around town in the well-designed interiors of winners’ homes—prominently displayed in living rooms, grand stairways, and even as Zoom backgrounds as parents work from their home office.

Post Oak has never taken these art projects lightly—they are not a child’s handprint in plaster—these projects are carefully thought through and delicately crafted. Each project is based on the curriculum; it is manageable by the students of that level, and all students in the class participate as much as possible. The final step is getting it professionally framed to become a piece that any family would love to own and display.

Why do we create these art projects? Why not live-auction outsourced consignment packages instead as happens in many other school galas? Over the years, making these art projects has become a part of Post Oak’s personality, and as a Montessori school, art plays a significant role in the daily life of our students from YCC through High School. Learning to grip chalk and draw circles on a chalkboard in YCC is an important skill for small fingers, and it is the start of expressing one’s creativity. That principle is repeated year after year, level after level, as students learn to select their own creative and artistic responses to assignments.

Our auctioneer, Johnny Bravo, is ready to bring our Gala Art Auction to life. Get your paddles ready!

"If we try to think back to the dim and distant past... what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art... It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen."

—Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

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