Art class continues winning tradition

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Georgea Green runs a tight ship.  

To outsiders she is often labeled as the tough teacher with high expectations.  And while both of these descriptions are accurate there is a little more to the story than meets the eye.

With more than 30 years of teaching experience under her belt, Green has learned that keeping her standards high is one of the most effective ways to encourage her students to rise to their potential.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time and it works,” Green said of her uncanny ability to push students all the while making sure they know she cares about their performance both in and out of the classroom.

The proof of Green’s theory is in the art work.  

Standing in her room last Thursday surrounded by her class of seasoned students the pride she has for their talent and ability is unmistakable.

Through the years Campbell County High School art students have been a force to be reckoned with in some of the country’s most prestigious art competitions.

“These kids love to compete and they are good.  They do professional work,” Green said of the pieces turned out for competition.

Green’s students are hoping to keep up the class tradition by bringing home top honors in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition.  Being judged in a field of thousands from across the country, Campbell County students have accumulated a total of six wins in the competition and hope to make this year the seventh.

 At the state level Jessica Allen, Sean Lynn and Amber Tkaczyk, senior art students, were honored by having their pieces hang in the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Scholastic Art Competition.  Tkaczyk also won first place in the National Wild Turkey and Wildlife Forever State Fish competitions.

While students make competition wins look easy, Green says doing so is no small feat.

“It takes weeks to get ready for these competitions.  We are kind of like scientists because we experiment a lot in here,” Green said of the research and practice with different mediums that goes into preparation for each contest.

Although the talent these students possess is evident, their desire to compete is not without a price.

Besides the hours spent on each piece, Green and her students often find themselves in need of more supplies than their budget allows.  To make up for the budget shortfall Green’s classes have worked hard at selling painted pumpkins and painting business windows.

Green is quick to offer appreciation to the community and Lowe’s, Food City, Elrea’s, Cove Lake State Park, Woodson’s, Take Charge Fitness Center and LaFollette Utilities for their support in helping raise  more than $1,000 in additional funds for the art department.

In an effort to allow students a platform to showcase their work for the community the art department’s spring art show is scheduled for May 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Student made note cards, artwork and jewelry will be on display and available for purchase during the event.

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