Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Lincoln Middle High School's Art Department Engages in Many Community Endeavors and Competitions
Annie Purvis and her art students have been busy at work doing community projects as well as projects on their very own campus. As one of their primary goals of the art program at LMHS is to provide young artists with opportunities to participate in activities that promote visual literacy and inspire artistic expression, Ms. Purvis tries to involve her students in as many hands on and real world-based scenarios as she possibly can.
In addition to creating a mural to show their support for LMHS athletics (pictured), Purvis and her students have recently created their 3rd annual sculpture for the Charleston Marathon as well as serving their National Honor Art Society 2013-2014 mission by researching, supporting, and creating paintings of ducks that coincide with the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp curriculum.
“Going the Distance for the Arts” is a competition between all art programs in Charleston County, which took place on January 17th at Burke High School. The first two years LMHS art students won the competition with their sculptures of “Running for the Arts” which they constructed from wood, wire, tin, and old instruments and “Giant Running Shoes” which they created from recycled cardboard, rope, canvas, and acrylic paints. The projects took them 8 and 5 weeks to complete respectively and proved to be an extremely rewarding process where students learned the significance of collaboration. This year's theme is “Art and Music”, and Ms. Purvis and her students were influenced by the beauty of nature.
This year's sculpture Growing through the Arts: The roots represent the Youth Endowment for the Arts grant funds acquired through the sponsors of the Charleston Marathon Race. The tree base represents the schools who receive the funds granted by YEA, and the two figures (Performance and Visual Arts) represents how the students are growing through the arts, producing flowers and seeding our future with brighter eyes...overall the sculpture represents how the Youth Endowment for the Arts and the Charleston Marathon impact our students and future generations for the better. The leaves of the sculpture and the roots are narrated with student selected art quotes and notes of thanks for the county, the school district, the sponsors and the community. Each year Lincoln develops a theme to show the impact the previous year's grant has had on our school.
Students made their sculpture primarily out of paper mache and pine straw. As the students worked on their sculpture, they had to reflect daily on their progress and process. Using the method of metacognition, students considered problems that they encountered throughout their process and deliberated over ways that they could improve the following day. With Purvis's guidance, students are not only learning about art, but they are also learning many important life skills such as how much work goes into a long term project, how to reflect on their learning, and how to use their reflections to be successful in the future. The winner of this year's sculpture should be announced in March.
The last undertaking that Purvis and her students have recently participated in is the Statewide Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art and Writing Competition. LMHS art students worked as nature artists where they researched migrating waterfowl and then tried to realistically depict the ducks in their paintings. All 18 students who were entered the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation for their art and writing entries as well as tickets for themselves and a parent to enter The South Eastern Wildlife Festival, whose wildlife expert this year will be Jack Hanna. Out of 4,000 entries, Lincoln students took away 5 awards for 4th place this year.
The winners include Dexter Brown for his Male Wood Duck Dance; DeAndra Campbell for his Male Mallard; Nathaniel Grampus for his Common Eye Duck; Nasseum Manigault for his Ring Neck Duck; and Alexandria Holmes for her Ruddy Duck.
These students will receive a 4th place ribbon, a $25 gift card, and will be exhibited at several locations throughout the year, including at the aforementioned South Eastern Wildlife Festival. The writing results have yet to be announced.
Overall Purvis and her art students have been positively productive this year. Their hard work has even earned them two grants that were announced in the same week. Being a small, rural, and Title 1 school, the opportunities that they have found and that these grants will allow for are particularly meaningful. To learn more about LMHS and their art program, please contact Mrs. Annie Purvis at 843-887-3244, and make sure to look for the work that these busy bees have produced all around Charleston County.