Barnard Art Night brings inspiration from Banksy, Mingei Art Museum and more to elementary students

Posted: Sunday, November 25th 2018

Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School held their fifth annual Art Night was on November 30. More than 200 students and their families attended this award-winning event, which featured 20 different stations that gave participants the opportunity to explore art in various ways.

The 2017-18 Barnard Elementary Art Night (affectionately known as B.E.A.N.) earned the Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award from the San Diego Unified School District Council of PTAs in May.  This year’s event built on this foundation of excellence.  Children learned about and created art in different media, such as woodworking, clay sculpting, stamp-making, paper-cutting and origami, still-life drawing and painting, spin art, 3-D printing, and so much more. 

Favorite activities included a sewing station created by Paint Box Art Studio and a wooden peg doll decorating station staffed and supplied by the Mingei Art Museum.  There was even a Banksy-inspired exhibit where children were allowed to graffiti “buildings” in “Barnardsville.” Like many of Banksy’s projects, Barnardsville was removed as quickly as it was installed.

“I really like Art Night; it was really fun,” Barnard first grader Riley W. said.  “My favorite stand was the positive and negative space stand. I really liked cutting things out and pasting them to make art.”

B.E.A.N. is one of the many monthly evening events sponsored by Barnard PTA, designed to build community and to enrich the students’ experience beyond the school’s acclaimed Mandarin immersion program.  For more information about Barnard Elementary School or to find out about the District’s School Choice program, visit



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