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Trails West student wins national art award

​Kaitlyn Davidson, a second grader at Trails West Elementary School, created a whimsical ceramic and watercolor figure that won first place in a national art competition.  Davidson entered the American Printing House for the Blind Insights Art Contest and took top honors in the category for students in first, second and third grade. The competition is exclusively for blind and visually impaired artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the world.

Davidson is a low vision student with Albinism and nystagmus. She uses optical aids (magnifier and telescope) in school and at home, and is a cane traveler for identification purposes. Davidson is supported by experts from the Cherry Creek Schools Vision Services Department.

“Kaitlyn and I have worked together since she was in preschool,” said Barbara Galgano, a teacher for students with visual impairments. “She is an awesome kid and has a great willingness to learn!”

Davidson created her award winning artwork in Tonie Disney’s art class at Trails West.

“Kaitlyn is always excited about art and her enthusiasm has grown as she has grown, too,” said Disney. “She doesn’t want anything to get in the way of her creativity and she never wants to miss class.”

Davidson has been invited to the American Printing House for the Blind headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky to receive her award. Her artwork will be featured in an exhibition there in October.  Congratulations, Kaitlyn!

Posted May 23, 2014.

Posted 5/23/2014 1:01 PM
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