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AG And Art Come Together Through Music

Pictured from top to bottom: Senior Jessica Hathaway, first semester Art Student Teacher Megan Rhyne with the “Bat Guitar”, senior Haley Bousman, AG teacher Mitch Bryant and Art teacher Frank Meier with the proto-type. An Art IV student’s guitar in process and Frank Meier’s Strat are also pictured.

Parkwood High School student artists and faculty got together to produce handmade working electric guitars. The guitars were part of an advanced art project that Frank Meier started in his upper level art classes.

“I wanted to find a project that was more design-oriented, one that not only incorporated aesthetic skills but other skills such as math and science.  Lutherie was it." Lutherie is the art of making string instruments. “You can’t make a guitar that functions and plays well without being very picky about the measurements,” Meier said.

The students also got acquainted with woodworking skills. The guitars’ bodies were designed on paper and a template was made, then the bodies were routed out, painted and assembled. Meier wanted to thank the Agriculture (AG) department, “The AG department really shared their skills and tools with us artists to help actualize the designs.” Several different AG classes pitched in to build a blue semi-hollow guitar prototype that was used as a demo guitar to help the art students with the building process. The guitars are currently on display in the hallway display case of the Art department at Parkwood.

Written by: Frank Meier, Art Teacher
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Jan 24, 2013 by Regina Snelson

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