GHS celebrates student artists

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 17, 2007


High School wrapped up another successful &#8220You Gotta Have Art Day” last Friday, May 11.

 GHS Art Instructor Stacey Edwards said &#8220more students than ever” participated in the Sidewalk Art Display in the school's courtyard.

The young artists produced landscapes, still lifes, portraits, surrealist and abstract images on the sidewalks and walls of the area.

&#8220They've done some really good workŠalthough a few got a little over-ambitious and chose too large a design,” Edwards said as the students put their finishing touches on their versions of Warhol, Degas and Van Gogh.

&#8220Next year, I think we should get our artwork sketched out during their art period the day before and get a head start on things.”

Artwork of a more permanent nature was on display inside the school in the media center/library.

Art II, III and IV students had an abundance of detailed drawings in pencil, pen and ink and colored pencil for the Art Department's annual Art Show.

Winners at the GHS Art Show are:

Art II - Drawing in Black and White, 1st Place, Jeff Cofer; 2nd Place, Kelvin Tyson; 3rd Place, Michael Thompson; Honorable Mention, Jeff Cofer and Dawnisha Peagler (three drawings).

Art II - Drawing in Color, 1st, Everett Mosley; 2nd, Courtney Rice; 3rd, Anthony Savage; Honorable Mention, Michael Thompson, Everett Mosley (three drawings).

Art II - Best Of Show - Terry Jones, &#8220Hand with Fish.”

Art III/IV - Drawing in Black and White, 1st, Halie Burnett; 2nd , Mesha Ashley; 3rd, Tanner Poole; Honorable Mention, Olivia Glenn (two drawings); Kayla Johnson and Halie Burnette.

Art III/IV - Drawing in Color, 1st, Blake Pierce; 2nd, Rolandon Pierce; 3rd , Halie Burnett; Honorable Mentions, Blake Pierce (two drawings); Mesha Ashley and Halie Burnett.

Mesha Ashley proved the winner of Best of Show for the advanced students for her &#8220Mother and Child” and the Principal's Award, chosen by Dr. Kathy Murphy, for &#8220Horse.”

Ashley was also the winner of the District II Congressional Art Award.

Tanner Poole's meticulous drawing, &#8220Michael's Braids” took the Best Overall Award in District II, Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Achievement Program, while Shonna Blackburn won for Best Sculpture of District II with her whimsical sculpture, &#8220No Cokes Allowed at School.”

&#8220I'm really proud of all the accomplishments of my students this year. Once again, they have done an outstanding job,” Edwards said.

Stop by the library at the high school this week to see these award-winning artworks.