Wando’s Webb named Mary Whyte Art Educator

  • Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wando art teacher Ashley Webb (right) who was named the 2013 Mary Whyte Art Educator poses with the 2012 winner, Robin Boston. PHOTO PROVIDED BY MCG PHOTOGRAPHY

Ashley Webb, art teacher and dean of arts and humanities at Wando High School has been selected for the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston recognized her at the 2013 winner during their gala.

Established in 2007, the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in the state of South Carolina who demonstrates superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes. This year’s winner is Ashley Webb from Wando High School.

Webb accepted her award along with her family and principal. She submitted a lesson plan to encourage students to reflect on their family unit and to create compositions that were organizationally sound as well as visually symbolic of their family unit. This was a very personal lesson for the students and in some cases, the students dealt with deeply rooted issues from childhood to adolescence.

Upon completion of the lesson, students participated in a formal class critique. Webb says, “This critique was one of the most powerful critiques I have experienced in my 10 years of teaching. There were moments of joy and laughter and moments of sadness and empathy.”

Webb earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clemson University, BFA (cum laude) in 2001, and her M.Ed in Secondary Administration (suma cum laude), from The Citadel in 2008. She is a member of the Alumni Association, and holds an Advanced Placement Studio Arts Certification. In 2009, she earned a National Board Certification in Secondary Art and has a Master’s + 30.

The Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is named for renowned Charleston watercolorist and donor Mary Whyte. Additional support comes from the Cynthia Schell Charitable Trust.

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