Students at Stevenson Elementary and Edison Intermediate/Middle School spent Friday immersed in experiencing art and music.

Students at Stevenson Elementary and Edison Intermediate/Middle School spent Friday immersed in experiencing art and music.

The Grandview K-6 PTO presented its annual All Arts Day, featuring an array of artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers, many of whom are Tri-Village area residents.

"It's such a great day," said Becky Warnament, a co-chair of Edison's All Arts Day. "I think it's one of the kids' favorite days of the year."

The goal of All Arts Day is to expose students to a variety of arts and music, she said.

"We try to come up with a lot of things they may not have seen or heard before," Warnament said. "Perhaps they'll experience something that will inspire them to try it out themselves, perhaps as a hobby or even a career someday.

"It's always so much fun for me to see a student's face light up when they see something that excites and interests them," she said.

This year's All Arts Day included performances by musicians including Arnett Howard, Steel Drum Band, the Brian Kerr Duo and Tony West and the Imani Dancers.

Students at Stevenson were able to participate in hands-on art activities and creative movement exercises and at Edison, students created their own art object using plastic water bottles

An Art Walk was held in each school's library, allowing students to visit and meet local artists who displayed their work.

Grandview resident Dot Keil displayed her paper crafts, which include handmade greeting cards and paper baskets.

"I've always been interested in crafts," Keil said. "I just enjoy making things using paper."

One of her favorite creations is a photo album that folds out like an accordion, she said.

Participating in the All Arts Day was particularly special for Keil, who is a Stevenson parent.

"I found that at the elementary, the students were really interested in the objects themselves, and they'd come up and start picking up my paper items and looking at them," Keil said. "At the middle school, the students were more interested in the process. They wanted to know how I create the items."

At Grandview resident Krissy Dobies' table, students were able to see a different kind of writing than print and cursive.

Dobies displayed examples of her calligraphy.

"I guess I've been interested in calligraphy since I could hold a pen," she said. "I was always drawing, and when I discovered calligraphy, it became a passion."

In a world in which "written" communication is increasingly done via text message, Twitter or email, Dobies said she enjoys taking the time to write letters or notes that incorporate fancy lettering.

"I'm kind of old school, I guess," she said. "I like sending out fancy invitations rather than just sending evites."

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