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Artists Get Involved In The Process

Camille Summers

“I think it’s important for students to have a creative outlet. It allows the student to relax a little bit; it’s more calming,” says Ms. Walter.

As a year of fine arts comes to a close, we wanted to shed some last light on the great work students have done in their drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, and painting classes.

Ms. Schick teaches Foundations of Art, Printmaking, Drawing, and Digital Photography.

To prepare for the Fine Arts Festival, they filmed students “in the Upper School so we can show footage of what it’s like being an artist in the Upper School to the Lower School kids,” says Ms. Schick.

Additionally, the Lovett Galleria showcases K-12 images of pets, and some art students were selected for the Dogwood Festival.

In class, they are working on their final semester projects. “We’ve been building their skills and working on different techniques all throughout the semester,” she says.

Each individual artist can have “different ways (to create art), but, usually, there will be something that the artist is interested in… once they have their idea, they will pick an art medium that they want to do. They make preparatory sketches, notes, and then start practicing and experimenting with those notes and then start to build the final project.”

Ms. Walter teaches all of the Photography classes.

The students were preparing for a competition hosted by Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and it involves “about 75 schools in the state of Georgia. This year, it is juried by Gregor Turk,” Ms. Walter says.

Over the course of the class, they have been working on themes such as minimalism, nighttime shootings, and different historical techniques of photography.

Henry Sharp was involved with an exhibition with Barry Loudermilk, Kendall Greene took charge of the Signature magazine, and Zelle Westfall was selected for a London exhibition with the World Photography Organization and Sony (and has recently won the competition and will have art featured in the Somerset House).

“I think it’s important for students to have a creative outlet. It allows the student to relax a little bit; it’s more calming,” says Ms. Walter. “The more that you photograph and the more you have your camera with you, you start seeing things a different way.

Ms. Story teachings Foundations of Art, Painting, AP Drawing, and AP Painting.

Painting students wrapped up their final projects. “I have assigned their final early, so that we have 2 weeks to be totally experimental and have fun,” says Ms. Story. “We are going to do paint pouring and different techniques using different oils, paints, gels, transfers.”

In addition, Ms. Story worked with Mr. Randolph for an exhibit for his Genocide and Holocaust class. They take what they have learned and make a piece out of it using the topic of “Never Again.”

“It’s 2018, everything that has been done has been done, yet artists are still coming up with more,” says Ms. Story about the new techniques and pieces for her art classes.

This is Mr. Smith’s first year at Lovett, and he teaches Ceramics and Foundations of Art.

This past year, “In Ceramics 1, we did basics of making pots and studying some sculptural forms and working on the wheel,” says Mr. Smith. “They are being able to figure out how that works and making more precise pieces. We’ve been finishing and glazing some things that has been made.”

Students Abbi Goldberg and Sarah Followill sold their pottery out in the plaza as part of their senior projects. All the proceeds went to designated charities.

While the end results are important, for Mr. Smith it’s about the journey of working with clay. “Having a good foundation can really help a lot,” he says. “A really good artist just tries a bunch of stuff and just gets themselves involved in the process.”
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