Toledo High School Art students will paint local shop windows with holiday themes again this year. Started five years ago by Art Teacher Ron Gaul, the decorations have become a signal to the community that the holidays have begun.
Gaul began this activity in Winlock in 1998. Gaul said, "It's a great public relations event and we get positive feedback on nearly all occasions. I also think that it is a good experience for the students to work and interact with the local business owners in a professional manner."
Students will finish a unit on shapes and how to center and balance an artwork. Using a storefront as their "canvas", students work with local businesses to learn what the business wants in a commissioned artwork. The students work in teams to create the finished piece. In doing so, they have a number of problems to solve.
Working on a deadline, these cooperation skills help them to learn efficient and effective problem solving.
Gaul expects students to decorate over 20 businesses in the downtown Toledo area. Decorating will be on Dec. 1. Businesses that are interested in this service should contact Gaul at 360-864-2391 or email email@example.com. Clean up of the artwork is part of the service and will be provided by the artists on January 5. The service is free .