Mrs. Payton's Art Spot

Counting down the Days

May 10, 2016 · No Comments

This year will soon be over.  Just 27 more school days.  We are heading into SOL testing and finally got our field day in between rain showers.  Next Fall the students from Florence Bowser Elementary School will be coming over to join the Driver Bears family.  I am very excited and looking forward to this process.  Thank you everyone for your support of the arts program!

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February 29, 2016 · No Comments

Everyone is invited to attend the Youth Art Month Festival on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. It will be held from 9:30 am until 1 pm at Kings Fork High School. You can come whenever you can and stay as long as you like. There will be art demonstrations, make and take projects, treats and face painting along with art exhibits from all SPS schools.

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February 29, 2016 · No Comments

Masquerade Gala – Tuesday, March 1

Masquerade Gala – Tuesday, March 1

Don’t Miss the Event of Year
Last year’s Gala sold-out, so get your tickets now!  

If you love blues and jazz music …

If you love hand-crafted artwork … 

If you love helping students discover their creativity and talents

Don’t miss your opportunity to support the music and art programs in Suffolk Public Schools by attending the Suffolk Education Foundation’s second annual Masquerade:  A Gala in Celebration of the Arts in Suffolk Public Schools! 

Buy your Gala tickets now for a dinner and a fabulous night of entertainment by our students.  The second annual Celebration of the Arts will welcome you on Tuesday, March 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront (100 East Constance Road.)  Proceeds will directly benefit the fine arts programs in Suffolk Public Schools.

gala guests3 The evening will feature live entertainment performed by Suffolk Public Schools’ middle school and high school student musicians and singers.  The Masquerade Gala theme continues beyond music to showcase the visual arts with a display of 50 hand-crafted masks created by student artists and art teachers from all Suffolk Public Schools’ secondary and elementary schools.

Teacher-created masks will be raffled, so bring extra money.  To further support the art program, you will also be able to purchase tickets to vote for your favorite student masks at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

  • Join us for an evening of New Orleans’ traditions, great food with a bit of Cajun flair, and Jazz & Blues.
  • Semi-Formal Attire and Mask Encouraged
  • Tickets are $35 a person. Proceeds benefit the music and arts programs in Suffolk Public Schools.

Two ways to buy tickets.


For tickets, contact or call Renyatta Banks, SEF Executive Director, at (757) 775-9682.

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Have a creative Summer!

June 1, 2015 · No Comments

I can hardly believe that this year is almost over. It has been truly a blessing in my life to be allowed to teach at Florence Bowser (again) and Driver Elementary. I want to encourage all of my students to take time out this summer to be creative; take an art class, draw, write a poem, or even make up a play with your friends. I will be traveling to Japan and Hawaii and will look forward to returning with some wonderful new ideas to share in September. Be safe, have fun and thanks for a great year!

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Happy New Year

January 8, 2015 · No Comments

I am excited to be back to school after a very relaxing break. We have our next art show in March. This is our biggest one for the entire year celebrating Youth Art Month. More information forthcoming.

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October 17, 2014 · No Comments

All students are encouraged to enter the annual Reflections contest sponsored by the PTA. There are six categories: visual art, dance/choreography, music, literature, photography, and video production. Information, rules, and permission forms can be found at Deadline for entries is November 3, 2014.

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Art Shows

September 9, 2014 · No Comments

Students artists at Driver and Florence Bowser are being asked to participate in three upcoming art shows.  We have Peanut Fest in October,  Tri-Cities in November, and the Suffolk Art Gallery in December.  Art work can be turned into Mrs. Payton on your child’s regular art day.

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Welcome to a New Year!

September 2, 2014 · No Comments

I am so excited to be the art teacher at Driver and Florence Bowser Elementary Schools for the 2014-15 school year. I look forward to seeing some familiar students and getting to know all of the new ones. Art is my passion. I love to draw and paint. Please feel free to email me with any comments or questions. We can’t wait to share our artistic creations with you all.

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Summer Art Opportunities for Kids!

May 25, 2014 · No Comments

Summer Art Days with Alicia Johnson
Thursdays, June 26 ,July 10,17, 24, 31 & August 7th
(no class on July 3rd) 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
For ages 5-8
Thursdays, June 26,
July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7th
(no class on July 3rd) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For ages 9-14
Registration fee is $1 per day per student. There is no advance registration for this program. Registration
begins 30 minutes prior to each session.
Join the fun each Thursday at the Suffolk Art Gallery for a different art project each session.

Art Camp with Sandee Darden
Monday – Friday, August 11 – 15
Ages 6 – 9 attend from 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Ages 8 – 12 attend from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Registration is $45 Suffolk Art League members / $55 non-members.
Registration deadline is August 1.
Students will explore a variety of art materials and techniques while having fun with like minded creative
students. Snack provided each day.

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Superintendent’s Art Show

April 28, 2014 · No Comments

Tuesday, April 29th, from 5-6 pm we will have the annual Superintendent’s Art Show Opening Reception at the School Board Office.

One student artist from each school is given the honor of representing their school by having a piece of art on display for the entire year, until the next year’s show.  Congratulations and hope to see you all come out to take part in this celebration and honor.

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