Kenn Vidro

Hundreds enjoy Lakes Art Make-and-Take event

June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER A passion for art that started when he was a child turned into a 35-year career of inspiring students at Rockford schools. Lakes Elementary School had its annual Art Make-and-Take event on Thursday, April 26. The man who was behind the creation of the event teaches art at Lakes as well as teaching at other Rockford schools. “This is about the 30th year of the art show at Lakes,” said Kenn Vidro, art teacher. Vidro started his teaching career at Rockford High School with Lakes Elementary becoming his “anchor” school when the district decided to start an elementary art program in 1983. Although he has taught some art classes as part of the art staff at the other elementary schools over the years, Vidro has never stopped teaching at Lakes since he started with the school’s art program. The students at Lakes, from the newest kindergarten student to students who graduated many years ago, think fondly of “Mr. V” and his passion for art. “Kenn Vidro is a legend around here,” said Lakes Elementary School Principal Blake Bowman. “His passion, his humor, his joy for teaching basically makes him the Pied Piper.” Bowman joked that if Vidro played tuba, there would be 500 students playing tubas. “A night like this is a great chance for the parents to see the magic the kids see everyday,” Bowman said. Vidro not only influences young artists, but is an accomplished artist himself. As summer is approaching, Vidro is contemplating what his third entry into ArtPrize will be. ArtPrize is an art contest that takes place yearly in Grand Rapids and gets applicants locally, from the United States as well as other countries. Cartooning and painting are among the art mediums Vidro most enjoys. Last year, his ArtPrize entry focused on a series of 14 paintings from rhyming riddle books. The books consist of word riddles called “square pears” that Vidro wrote and illustrated himself. The clues to the answers are given in the form of words and in the form of cartoon illustrations. The answer is always a set of rhyming words. He is considering doing a large “I spy” type painting for his 2012 entry. Hundreds of students and community members came out […]