City, county students participate in art project

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/19/17

Students in Jasper City and Walker County Schools participated in an art project that will soon be on display in Jasper.

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City, county students participate in art project

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Students in Jasper City and Walker County Schools participated in an art project that will soon be on display in Jasper.

On behalf of the Walker County Arts Alliance, Sharon Hogg addressed the Walker County Board of Education last Tuesday to discuss the Go Fish program that allowed third graders in Walker County Schools and fourth graders in Jasper City Schools to paint fish, with a small collection of the paintings to be featured as part of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit at the Bankhead House & Heritage Center in January.

“We had all eight of the county schools participate, so it was 28 third grade classes, which was more than 500 students,” Hogg said.

A total of 39 fish were chosen to be featured as part of the Water/Ways exhibit.

She said the students could design a unique fish of their own or create an adaptation from provided drawings of fish. Each student was provided with blocks of wood to paint on, along with an apron, paint set and paint brush, due to contributions from both school boards to help sponsor the project. Kate Gurganus served as an art instructor for the project.

The Water/Ways exhibit will feature different water sources in Alabama and how the resource is used across the state. The student paintings that will be part of the exhibit will eventually be placed together in a frame.

“We wanted the kids to be familiar with the exhibit and get involved in it,” Hogg said. “After the exhibit is over, we’re going to take that frame to Restoration Hall where the arts alliance has their FRAMES mural on the outside of the building. It’s going to become a permanent display on the outside of the building there. All the kids that won from their classroom will be on display.”

Some of the kids who participated in the program were at the board meeting last week and showed board members their creations.

“I think the kids really enjoyed the program,” Hogg said.

The Water/Ways exhibit will be at the Bankhead House & Heritage Center, located at 7th Street W. in Jasper, from Jan. 16, through Feb. 23.

Visitors may view the exhibit during that time on Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free.

If schools would like to call Barbara Medders of the Bankhead House at (205) 302-0001, free bus transportation can be arranged for groups to visit the exhibit.