Artists reignite the spark with hands-on projects


Junior Solomon Morgan practicing showing value and contours with drawing.

With Covid-19 pulling students out of school, the last few school years have certainly presented a unique way of learning. From learning on a Google Meet, to indirect interaction between students and teachers, Cavaliers are happy to be back in the classroom to express themselves through art, and now that students are back in person, there are more opportunities for hands-on creativity.

Art 3 students began the year reviewing shading techniques to show value and have practiced drawing shapes and still life objects to prepare for more advanced pieces.

As a result of being back in person, students have access to more tools as well as the chance to receive feedback from their peers. Being in a physical learning environment is especially important for artists and creators who need a variety of materials and tools to work with.

Junior Solomon Morgan, is excited about being back in the classroom and having the opportunity to take part in more hands-on projects.

“I like the current project because we get into more detail with the shading and textures,” Morgan said. “I look forward to drawing more animated and cartoon style drawings [later this year].” 

Typically, art classes begin with simpler techniques that most people can learn, then the ideas gradually get more complex and students have an opportunity to enhance their own preferred styles and techniques.

Compared to the other art programs he has attended, Morgan does not believe he would be where he is now if it were not for Clover Hill’s art program. 

“There weren’t a lot of art classes or programs where I used to live,” Morgan said. “It’s nice to be in a physical art class where it’s collaborative and you can work with other students.”

Art classes at Clover Hill are a good way to expand on one’s creativity and artwork. Anybody can learn how to make an amazing drawing or painting from nothing. Overall, the classroom experience is important for art and creativity.

Morgan believes that when it comes to art, young artists do not get enough recognition. 

“Adults have more resources and not a lot of young kids have the same voice,” Morgan said. “A lot of amazing art created by young artists goes unnoticed simply because they haven’t been around long enough or haven’t created many pieces.”

Art teacher Rachel Principe is ready to leave the world of virtual learning behind. “In Art 3 you will really be building your skills, while still exploring your own interests. Art 3 provides a bit more creative freedom from previous years while also teaching basic, required skills for visual arts. 

“Students will then be encouraged to use these skills and apply them to their own interests and passions to create artwork that showcases his/her voice as an artist,” said Principe. 

Laura Wright, AP Art substitute teacher shares the impact that being back in the classroom has had on students. 

“It’s crucial for students to be back in the classroom for the structure, discipline and material,” Wright said. Overall, with Covid-19 nearing its end, being back in the classroom has provided students with a positive change in scenery, one that has fueled their creative minds with new ideas.