Art Club          Field Trips            Activities & Workshops
Advisors: Colleen Banks

Halfway Art Club was founded in 1979 and was created for junior high and high school students interested in art. The reason for art club was to inspire and recognize students showing outstanding abilities or interests in art. It was also made to bring attention to our school, community, and students in a positive artistic manner and to bring a great appreciation for art. They have also established an art scholarship to help students majoring in art at college. The art club tries to get involved with the community as much as possible and help out as much as they can. Here are a few of the things that art club has done in the past:

  • 1979 - Ceramic mural in hall depicting Halfway history.

  • 1984 - Establish permanent student art gallery.

  • 1986 - Created a large (4'x12') painting hung in Bolivar's court house.

  • 1996 - Created a colored "stained glass" window in memory of Pauline Buffington hung above entrance to lobby/cafeteria.

  • 1997 - Cardinal mascot in HS hall with 5 goals to strive for Cardinal in Gym and visitor/home words.

  • 1998 - Map of USA on the playground court.

  • 2000 - Designed and made a cardinal mascot outfit to help boost school spirit; booths at PTA craft fair, Bolivar Days etc.

  • 2005 - Mural in old gym.

  • 2006 - Beautification projects throughout the school.

  • 2007 - Participated in project "Santa Drop" with the printing of 400 individual cards for Marine troops in Iraq.

  • 2008 - Painting of the village sign for Halfway.

  • Annual mentoring workshops with elementary students.

  • Annual design of Halfway Art Club t-shirts.

Art Club meets at least once a month with additional project meetings called as needed. Membership fees are $5 for the year. And activities include visits to art studios, gallery visits, museum visits, and workshops. Click below to view our most recent field trips, activities & workshops...


Activities & Workshops
Art Club field trips

Ms. Banks

Field trips:

Annually, we try to take a field trip in the fall. During the fall, a popular field trip is to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas. We have gone as a group before with Choir, Drama, & Literature Club. At the festival, students are excited to be able to experience the art and culture of the Renaissance time period (approx. 1533) as if stepping back into a village of the time with a re-enacted joust, arts and crafts of the time, people in period costume as well as a diversity of great food, music, and games. There never seems to be enough time in the day because there is so much to experience. Sometimes we are only able to go on one field trip a year, but when feasible, we will try for a spring field trip as well to the Springfield Art Museum and other local galleries.



Activities & Workshops
Art Club activities & workshops

Ms. Banks

Annually at the Fall Festival, we try to raise money with face painting and/or selling jewelry made by students. Special thanks to those who came out to work and also those that helped support our booth. We are definitely always busy and make some money for our Art Club account.

We try to have different activities throughout the year like in October, we have had pumpkin decorating workshops, and students decorated their pumpkins for the festive holiday. We even have younger elementary students visit on occasion & enjoy the festivities with us. We have also worked on fundraisers such as glass etching for the holidays. We can do glass etching orders throughout the year, but we usually try to especially promote it during the holiday season. We also try to do community projects such as painting signs and murals when possible as well.

Workshops in the past have included jewelry making as a fundraiser for the Carnival. Students learned to make square knot & half knot twist necklaces, bracelets, and key chains as well as plastic-style lanyards.  We try to have one to two elementary mentoring workshops as well. Examples are Art Club members will mentor and help elementary students as they make their own print designs for holiday cards. When possible, future workshops may include ceramics, basket making, and even stained glass.


Field Trips



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