"Ms. Epps graciously volunteered her time, resources and talents to our “Afternoon Artists”. The Afternoon Artists group took place at our afterschool program in downtown Newport News, VA. The Afternoon Artist group consisted of elementary school aged (K-4th grade) students and a new group of students rotated every six weeks during the 2015-216 academic year. Ms. Epps created a structured learning environment that encouraged self-expression, inventiveness, cultural awareness and creativity. In addition, students were encouraged to utilize their imaginations and critical thinking skills.
Personally, I believe art and art education is important, because it allows students to be creative, develops motor skills and fosters visual learning opportunities.
Our students absolutely enjoyed every minute with Ms. Epps. In fact, many of them would sign themselves up for the next group as soon as they were able to! At the end of each six week group we would have an art exhibit. We would invite family members, administrators and other community stake holders to see our student’s artwork and to listen to them explain meaning behind their artistic creations. We provided refreshments, certifications of participation, ribbons and took pictures. We made it a big deal! The children would smile and glow with pride about their art work!
We were unable to find a “thank you” big enough to match this moment experienced by our students, but, time and time again, Ms. Epps kept coming back for our students. For this, we are forever grateful."
Mr. Jawaun D. Wheaton, MA
Family Services Specialist
Newport News Department of Human Services