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FHHS community project says "art rocks!"

Forest Hills High School art students did a community service project for the new Jesse Helms Nursing Center at CMC-Union last semester. Students took several large patio stones and painted them with different famous paintings from well-known artists.

The stones were then placed in an outdoor courtyard at the Nursing Center making an Art Rock Garden. The residents and staff loved the rocks and the students enjoyed making the community donation.

The Honors Art Three and Honors Art Four students wanted to create a project that would brighten up the days for the residents of the Nursing Center. 

Students researched different artists that they found interesting and then recreated one of the artist’s masterpieces on a large stone.  This was a difficult task because the rocks are of all different sizes and shapes, not to mention the bumpy and uneven surface qualities.

These obstacles were overcome with huge success though and the Rock Garden can be enjoyed by everyone. This project was facilitated by art teacher, Alicia Swackhamer.

Student                     Artist their rock represents
Noel Castellanos           Ansel Adams
Christa Simpson            Gregg Robinson
Maegan Nash                 Estela Lugo
Jerel White                      Janet Fish
Summer Trull                  Edvard Munch
Raven Mosley                 Henry Matisse
Saul Santiago                 Leonardo DaVinci
Dustin Johnson              Jamie Reid   
Armando Soria               Salvador Dali
Amber Robinson            Mary Calkins
William Maye                  Rene Magritte   
Rachel Cockman           Jim Dine
Warren Wright                Takashi Murakami
Laura Ann Ikerd             Vincent Van Gogh
Shannon Jefferson        Rudi Carstens
Zach Cuthbertson          He made the Jesse Helms rock.
Michael Wallace            William Blake
Karoline Faulkner         Jasper Johns
Jorge Olmedo                M.C. Escher
Alexis Beachum            Stewart Davis
Daniel Caballero           Leo Twiggs
Jose Maldonado           Roy Lichtenstein
Kasey Ashcraft              Georgia O’Keeffe
Morgan Lewis               Teo Alfonso
Chad Clay                     Wassily Kandinsky
Alicia Swackhamer      Piet Mondrian

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Aug 08, 2008 by Candy Stufflebeam

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