WINONA, Minn. — Artwork created by local students is now on display in Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), 1164 W. Howard St. The artwork was created by students of Jeff Morgan, K-12 art educator and artist who has taught all levels of public school and post-secondary students since 1998 for Winona Area Public Schools.

This April exhibit is an extension of Youth Art Month, featuring the work of students in grades kindergarten grade 4 at Jefferson Elementary and Goodview Elementary.

The art on display is the culmination of applied learning of art skills and knowledge, based on Minnesota Academic standards in the visual arts. Morgan has seen incredible growth in his art classes, offering evidence that art engages and makes connections within the participant’s whole brain as well as developing hand-eye skills, extended vocabulary, task management skills, perceptual awareness and synthesis, as well as an increased appreciation for the expressive contributions of other human beings.

Students enjoy a wide variety of 2D and 3D art experiences in Morgan’s classes, and he is proud to offer a small sample of their accomplishments in this exhibit. Feel free to leave a comment or offer further lesson ideas with Morgan at jeffrey.morgan@winona.k12.mn.us.

The public is invited to visit Galleria Valéncia at no cost during regular business hours: Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia visit mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.

Photo caption: Artwork from Sophia Gricis, third grade student from Goodview Elementary.

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