5/25/19 Graham students show off talents with art show
Pastels, paints and a new passion
Photos by Robert Thomason / Times-News
Graham High students view panels with artwork from Art 3 students in an art show at the school on Thursday afternoon, May 23.
Graham students show off talents with art show
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 5/25/19
Reprinted with permission.
“Shades of Pink” by Tamara Ivey, an Art 1 student, on display at the Graham High School art show.
Graham High students view panels with artwork from Art 1 and Art 2 students in a show at the school on Thursday afternoon.
GRAHAM — Angela Romero knows her way around an easel.
The Graham High School 10th grader had three pieces featured in the school’s art show Thursday, May 23 — a scratch drawing, oil pastel piece and ink wash painting.
Art Instructor Windy Lampson provides her roughly 120 students with a variety of different mediums to experiment with, allowing them to test out what styles they love and which ones they despise.
“Some of them can be challenging,” Romero said, “but it’s fun to work with and you get to experience these new types of media and think of new ideas to create art pieces. Like, with oil pastel, it smears. You can’t do that with [others].”
Although she isn’t sure if she wants to pursue art as a career, Romero said she’d be open to an art minor in college.
“For now, at the moment, I’m going to keep it as a hobby,” she said. “I might need some time to relieve stress, and sometimes drawing or painting can help me relieve that. It helps me get what’s in my mind out and I can show people what I think.”
As she showed off her pieces, parents, staff and community members rotated between large display boards of art from each course. Pops of color — like an acrylic painting of watermelon slices on a midnight blue background — contrasted black and white photos and sketches.
Some induced feelings of calm while others sought to start a conversation about topics like body image. A few of the pieces were even for sale.
Lampson, who’s taught art at Graham since 2009, said the most rewarding part of the experience for her is always “the kids.”
“I’m really proud of them and excited about the turnout here,” she said.
If you’d like to support the art program at Graham, you can donate new or used art materials to the school at 903 Trollinger Road. Lampson said she often receives donated materials from community members that have tried a certain media and didn’t like it.
Her art club is also in search of community service opportunities. To get in touch with them, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anglela Romero, an Art 2 and 3 student at Graham High, points to her artwork on display at the Thursday, May 23, art show.