Creative minds are at work at FAME Academy.
And Wednesday’s art show was a display of those creative minds in action, as the students showed off the masterpieces they had created throughout the school year. The various art media ranged from fabric art to pottery to crochet.
“We get away from just learning,” junior Hayden James said about art at FAME. “We’re able to have some fun.”
FAME Academy is an alternative school with curriculum aimed toward students who are at risk of not completing high school for various personal reasons. The art class at the school gives students an opportunity to put their creativity to use, while getting students ready for post-high school careers.
Elizabeth Russell, FAME program director, said the many of the students are creative, and the art class gives them an opportunity to express themselves. The FAME students said art is one of several things that encourage them to attend school, and it pushes them to try harder and excel.
“It’s pretty cool,” Jordan Waldron, FAME junior, said. “It’s more laid back.”
This year’s FAME seniors made memory books, where they could include photos of themselves, their friends and random pictures that spoke to who they are and what they want in life.
One of the favorite art media the students worked with was pottery. The students were able to make an array of pottery pieces, from pinch pots to coil pots, from slab pieces to figurines. Among the pieces Waldron made were two owl figurines, which reflected one of her favorite animals.
Although all of the students had fun working with clay, they were introduced to a new medium this year.
Students made fabric art, which had them creating pictures and designs from scraps of fabric. The students also mixed mediums by using paint along with the fabric.
The students had the option of looking through magazines to get design ideas, or they had the option of coming up with their own designs. There was a mixture of both in the art show.
Russell said the fabric art was something different for the students to try and was a bit more challenging for them to do. She said the students enjoyed it, but it got them thinking about art in a different way.
“It got them a little out of their comfort zone,” Russell said.
Creative minds are at work at FAME Academy.
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