WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - While window shopping at Mayfaire Town Center this holiday season, be sure to check out the holiday window displays created by K-8 students from DC Virgo Preparatory Academy.
With the help of students, faculty, and staff at UNCW’s Watson College of Education, the DC Virgo students were able to complete unique window displays which can now be viewed at Mayfaire.
“Our kids were very excited about being seen and shining a light on the things they can do. One of our visions at Virgo is to build confidence, and by doing that with art their ideas are never bad ideas,” said Carolynn Phillips, DC Virgo art specialist and former Brunswick County Teacher of the Year.
Each grade worked on a different concept, and students with the UNCW Watson College of Education helped to execute the displays.
“I think anytime you can showcase the freedom and creativity and the design components that come with children engaged in the arts but also the strategy, the teamwork, the planning, working together across a K-8 school is exciting,” said Van Dempsey, dean of the Watson College of Education.
Sixth grade art student Mykhia Corbett said her art class came up with their Pokemon-themed display for the GameStop window.
“First she [Phillips] said GameStop, so I decided little action figures. She said, ‘Oh that’s cool,’ and we came up with the gingerbread man,” Corbett said.
Six Mayfaire store windows have been decorated by DC Virgo students.
“So from kindergarten making snowflakes to display at Claire’s, to 8th grade making life sized Nutcrackers out of cardboard boxes for the Men’s Warehouse, it was a gambit of ideas we took from each grade levels, we talked about it as a class and made that decision very quickly so I could get the supplies that I needed for these projects,” Phillips said.
You can find the student displays at Gap, Men’s Warehouse, GameStop, Claire’s, Palmetto Moon, and Southern Tide,