Canal Winchester High School students will put their art and foreign language abilities on display when they present a Visual Arts and World Language Expo on Friday, May 6.

Canal Winchester High School students will put their art and foreign language abilities on display when they present a Visual Arts and World Language Expo on Friday, May 6.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the cafeteria, gymnasium, rotunda and north wing of the high school. The language performances will begin at 2:45 p.m. and the art show will be open until 7 p.m.

About 1,000 works, including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, mixed media, graphic design and illustrations and digital designs, will be showcased, according to visual arts teacher Kelly Helser.

Helser said that while art shows have been held for many years, this is the first time the department has worked with the world language department on the expo.

"We have students that will be participating in both events, so it makes sense to collaborate," she said. "However, the biggest reason we wanted to do this is to express the importance of integration of the arts and language throughout all cultures. This includes language, music, dance, fashion, architecture, decorative and functional arts, religious expression, customs, history and more."

Students taking high school Spanish or French are required to research a monument and know its history, she said. They are then required to recreate the monument and present it at the expo for a grade.

"Other students choose to perform a poem, song or dance in the specific language/culture. There are several components involved in the evaluation," Helser said.

The event allows students to demonstrate what they have learned in their classes.

"It is a culminating event where students can perform and display their talents, creativity, personal expression and critical thought," Helser said. "Students are expected to put themselves into their works and presentations and it will be a fantastic event."

In addition to the performances and visual displays, students from some of the ceramics classes will be showing the public how to use a potter's wheel and assisting anyone who wants to try to make a clay pot.

Helser said the event allows all students to showcase their achievements.

"Everyone can be successful, learn, excel and have fun doing it," she said.