Four Clayton-area art teachers received inaugural Dorothy Demboski Art Teacher Assistance Grants of $300 each from Clayton Visual Arts at an arts reception at the Clayton Center.
Recipients were Charlene Bowling of Cleveland High, Abby Boykin of Corinth Holders High, Suzan Fontaine of Cooper Elementary, and Mary Catherine Foust of Powhatan Elementary.
Funds for the grants were raised by Clayton Visual Arts through its Christmas in Clayton Art and Homes Tour in December. The awards are a new effort by the group to support art teachers and promote art among Clayton-area school children, as well as part of Clayton Visual Arts’ 17-year effort to bring art to Clayton.
The teachers’ proposals are:
Boykin’s Corinth Holders High School students will create portraits of students in another country – Romania – who have faced obstacles in life, hoping that the portraits of the foreign students will show them that others care for them and their well-being. It is being called “The Memory Project.”
Bowling’s project at Cleveland High School, called “This is Johnston County,” will have students study the works of artists Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden and then use mixed media to create works representing the students’ personal views of living in Johnston County.
At Cooper Elementary School, selected fifth-grade students will be taught by a calligraphy artist to use lettering sets in a project Fontaine calls “The Lost Art of Handwriting.” The students will learn and practice creating art that incorporates hand-lettering.
Foust will have her Powhatan Elementary students use a GoPro camera to create YouTube videos of themselves creating art from start to finish. The video will be featured in the “GoPro Picasso” segment of their school’s website.
The grants honor the late Clayton artist Dorothy Demboski, who was president of Clayton Visual Arts during 2009-11 and who passed away in 2013.