Acing the art

Students explore their creativity

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photo credit: Morgan

Pinching the pots \ Junior Ash Elgerash poses with her pinch pot she made in art class. “I’ve been drawing on my walls since I was two but I’ve been in an art class of some sort since I was 12,” Elgerash said.

writer: Morgan Gore, Staff Reporter

“My favorite project I’ve done was probably the monster paint mug I sculpted that has a huge eyeball and spiked teeth.””

— Ash Elgerash

From making clay pots to popping water balloons to sculpting clay to painting portraits, the art classes have a lot to offer. 

Art teacher Mrs. Atlanta Tigert’s teaches three different art classes: Art I, Advanced Art I, and sculpture.

“In Art I, we are finishing up wax-resist skeletons and about to start a fall still life using water soluble graphite and coffee values. Advanced Art I is working on a freedom choice project for the visual art scholastic event (V.A.S.E) This class chose what subject and what medium to use for this project. They will also be starting the fall still life soon. Sculpture is currently working with clay,” Tigert said.  

Art and photography teacher Ms. Angela Gilpin wants to do projects her students love.

“I really liked a plaster sculpture project I did with my Art II classes a few years ago. Also, I really enjoy the water balloon project and light painting project we do in photography. Everyone always has a really good time, and that is what makes it fun and memorable,” Gilpin said.

Junior art student Ash Elgerash has been in art for five years.

“My favorite project I’ve done was probably the monster paint mug I sculpted that has a huge eyeball and spiked teeth,” Elgerash said.

Mrs. Tigert loves her advanced classes.

“My advanced classes are my very favorite to teach because the students already come to class with the basics and we can dig deeper with projects.  Advanced classes typically are made up of students who are self-motivated and have a strong sense of direction, thought process and skill.  These classes understand that they may have to put in extra work at home or in tutorials,” Mrs. Tigert said.

Mrs. Gilpin knows how to use her sources. 

“We do some of the same lessons each year, but I like to work with my teammates to bounce ideas off of them. I also follow teachers on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I find a few ideas from those sites as well,” Mrs. Gilpin said.

Elgerash has loved art since she was little. 

“I’ve been drawing on my walls since I was two but I’ve been in an art class of some sort since I was 12,” Elgerash said.