Horace W. Porter

Middle School Visual Art

Lions Club Peace Poster Results!

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H. W. Porter Student wins Lions District 23C Peace Poster Contest


This year, over ninety H.W. Porter School students participated in the Columbia Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. On Friday November 18, 2016, at the H. W. Porter School assembly, winner Katie Burns and runner-up Sage Magowan were presented checks from the Columbia lions Club. (Katie is on the left with gray slacks) Other awards for originality etc. were presented by the School. 


Katie’s poster went on to the next round and won the Connecticut Lions District 23C contest.  Her poster is now entered in the State competition where she will compete with the other two Connecticut District winners.  Peace Poster winners will be honored and presented their awards at the Connecticut Lions Mid-Winter Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, CT. on Saturday February 4th.


Each year, Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.  For 29 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of this year’s poster contest is “A Celebration of Peace”. The images represented in the artwork reflect the artist’s view of peace.


The winning Columbia posters will be on display at Saxton B. Little Library during the month of January.  All H. W. Porter School posters will be available for viewing at the Columbia Beckish Senior Center during February.


The Columbia Lions would like to thank the H. W. Porter School Administration, Enrichment Teacher, Sandy Rijs, and especially Art Teacher, Katherine MacDonald, for her artistic guidance with the students. Their continuing efforts make this annual contest a success.


If you have any questions please respond to this email or call Lion Art Austin at: 860-228-3395


Thank you.


Lion Art Austin Columbia Lions

Peace Poster Coordinator




*Welcome to Mrs. MacDonald's Visual Art Web Page*

 I know it will be a year of great growth for your child in the Visual Arts at Horace W. Porter School.

Our school is a very nurturing environment, and offers the academic challenges necessary for students to be well-rounded. The arts at Porter help provide the critical thinking and decision making required for students to succeed in a diverse, challenging world.

Watch this video from the National Art Education Association to see how the arts support student learning and success in the 21st century:

Teaching Philosophy
My personal philosophy is that participating in visual art class should be an enjoyable, interactive experience, all while building essential skills required to succeed in visual arts in high school and, potentially, as a career. This is a mutually respectful learning community wherein students feel safe to explore art media and processes. It is my hope that students choose subject matter, materials and methods that are important to them in expressing and communicating themes. Students' opinions matter, especially when it comes to how to communicate ideas successfully. I am open to suggestions from students and parents, as this is a collaborative learning environment.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at kmacdonald@hwporter.org.
I look forward to your input!