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2013 Far East Visual Arts Festival set to ‘draw’ talented DoDEA Pacific artists to Tokyo

For Immediate Release — December 11, 2013 | Pacific
: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786

TOKYO, JAPAN — December 11, 2013 — The 4th annual DoDEA Pacific Far East Creative Expressions visual arts festival will take place on the Tokyo campus of Temple University Dec. 15-19.

More than 100 student artists and 16 teachers from all 13 DoDEA Pacific high schools will join 3 Temple University art instructors to create unique works of art by conducting an in-depth exploration of visual arts through drawing, painting, watercolor, printmaking, digital photography, jewelry design and mixed media.

Selected student work will be displayed Dec. 19 at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda art gallery. The exhibit is free and opens to the public at 4:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Directions to the gallery can be found at

The goal of the visual arts festival is to provide participants a deep-dive experience in an art studio education through courses often taught to high school Advanced Placement students and college freshmen.

According to Shane Hernandez, DoDEA art instructor, drawing “emphasizes the human form and still-life subjects such as landscapes. Painters learn advanced techniques in watercolor and acrylics. Mediums such as traditional printmaking are also offered which allow students an opportunity to carve, ink, and print their own designs.”

“In the book ‘A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future’ by Daniel H. Pink, data has shown us that art is linked to everything that we as a Nation want for our students and demand from our schools, academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity,” added Hernandez, who will be the 2013 Far East Visual Arts - Creative Expressions Festival director. “Involvement in the Arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill.”

For more information about this year’s art festival contact Shane Hernandez at 080-5015-9091.

Photos from previous Far East Visual Arts - Creative Expressions Festivals can be found on the DoDEA Pacific Smugmug site at

Far East Visual Arts - Creative Expressions Festival History:

The DoDEA Pacific Far East Visual Arts - Creative Expressions Festival was organized in the fall of 2010 and held its first event in January of 2011. This event was attended by 81 students who were given the opportunity to work on a chosen form of visual art over a three day period of intense instruction and studio time. Each student had the option to study 2 of the 8 offered courses which included drawing, painting, ceramics, and digital art. On the fourth day, student projects were completed and a display gallery was assembled to display one finished project from each student. The first DoDEA Pacific Far East Visual Arts – Creative Expressions art gallery public showcase was held on Jan. 13, 2011. That same year also marked the first time prize-winning student artwork from the Far East Creative Expressions event was featured in the DoDEA Pacific Sun, an annual publication showcasing student 2D and 3D fine art, digital art, photography and creative writing.

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 50 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,400 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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