Students show off skills at art show

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:09 AM.

She’s in her first year of teaching at the high school and has big plans for the art department.

In order to keep inspiring students, Hodges took a group of 17 students and three teachers to Atlanta earlier in the year. They visited the High Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design and other cultural highlights.

Next March she’ll take 53 students to New York City on a visual arts tour with a hands-on workshop at one of the major museums.

Hodges’ goal is to move away from a general art class and be able to offer specialized classes at the school. Print work is a passion for Hodges and she’s working toward getting a printing press for the classroom. In addition, she’d like to have a 2-D working art room as well as a separate area dedicated to the creation of ceramics and sculpture.

“For me it wasn’t sports or academics that was my inspiration, it was always art,” said Hodges. “If students are not gifted in sports or academics, what else do they feel they can turn to for their inspiration? I always felt like it was art.”

In the future she hopes to get her students involved in the National Art Honor Society, host more art shows, enter regional art shows and bring in guest artists to work alongside the students on community projects.

Hodges hopes that these expansions will allow students to “find their medium of choice” and are able to further explore their passion for art whether they aspire to a creative career or simply a rewarding hobby.

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