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Palmetto students get surreal in St. Pete
Palmetto students get surreal in St. Pete

Palmetto, Florida -- After receiving grant money for arts programming for students, Palmetto High School has been making the most of their Art Department's new resources. For starters, a portion of the $3,823 grant from the Leslie Margaret Weller Arts Education program funded a fun-filled field trip to the world-renowned Salvador Dali museum that just re-opened in St. Pete.

The surrealist painter's masterpieces fill the uniquely architectured space, allowing students to see some of the world's most celebrated art in person on their recent visit. The PHS art students will even apply his style in their own classrooms this semester, when an upper level 3-D class starts crafting a ceramic totem pole using a surrealist art style, like Dali's, that will ultimately be welded onto a fence pole permanently at the end of the project.

In addition to finding inspiration through Dali's moustaches, the grant money has also allowed the purchase of sketch pads, pencils/sharpeners, erasers, clay, paint brushes, scissors, glue, and other needed art supplies - many of which were handed out on the first day of school. Guest speakers like professional fabric artist Robin Bowman has also been adding dimension to the art programming at the school.

The Weller Arts Education program is a part of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc, whose mission is "partnering to make charitable giving work in our communites."

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