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Various pieces throughout the art room (All photos taken by Ethan Lamont)

Various pieces throughout the art room (All photos taken by Ethan Lamont)

Various pieces throughout the art room (All photos taken by Ethan Lamont)

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Art is arguably one Brashier’s most influential classes. Students have come out of the class completely different from when they went in. This can be attributed to the school’s amazing art teacher, Mr. Kessinger, who unfortunately passed recently. Past and present students alike have stepped up to continue Kessinger’s legacy. Students have had a unique way of preserving his legacy.

“I created the Art Club so students could find a way to not only remember Mr. Kessinger, but express themselves,” says junior Lindsey Morin.

Ms. Forehand, a new teacher who started at Brashier this year, was a previous student who has stepped up as the new art teacher. She also is set on keeping art accessible to all students.

“Lindsey brought it to me and I thought it was a good idea for students who couldn’t fit art into their schedule, freshmen who couldn’t take it, or anyone who enjoys art and wants a place to collaborate,” says Forehand.

Like Morin and Forehand, many students are excited to see art offered as a club, especially those who are directly involved or have expressed interest. Although not involved, many students are also glad that Kessinger’s message has been carried on.

“I feel like a lot of the people coming in won’t really understand, but it’s important. I definitely think that sophomores and older students will value this club. I love what the club is doing,” says junior Audrey Lally.

The goal that Art Club is going to be working towards is simple: a place to give people who share a similar passion a space to collaborate or work individually. It also gives students a place to receive constructive criticism and to develop their own style.

“Art Club has been very student driven, so students will be doing their independent art. I’m here more for collaboration and instruction. I’m not here to give students the answers, I’m here to guide them and give them the tools and encouragement to drive ideas out to the surface. Nobody knows the answer better than you,” says Forehand.

Art is definitely a very general term. Artists appear in all sorts of mediums: writing, music, and, the focus of the Art Club, visual art. This includes painting, drawing, coloring, and anything else that can be put on paper.

“I like photography and painting, but I’m not very good at creating art. I like to watch people dance and listen to people sing. Watching someone perform with a lot of emotion makes me want to go and practice that form of art,” says Lally.

Different types of art also influence the process of creation immensely. Art 1 students made songbooks that allow them to express a song visually. Music is especially influential in terms of art.

“Normally, different mediums do [influence me]. Not to the point where I’ll go in and try drawing something and then end up drawing something entirely different. But it affects subtle things like how my brush strokes are,” says senior Joshua Whisler.

The club plans to participate in countless individual and group projects. One of the first projects that the club will be doing is decorating the new recycling containers. Artisphere was mentioned at the interest meeting as a particular interest among the group.

“Artisphere would show how talented and diverse our community is. By participating in Artisphere, our small community of artists will grow closer together through art,” says Morin.

The idea of participating in Artisphere was seen as an opportunity to unify and build connections between artists of Brashier and the community of artists in Greenville. This is the main goal and idea that is shared between Morin and Forehand.

“My goal is to allow the students who share a common passion to form a connection outside of the classroom. In a shared space, the goal is a community of artists who share and collaborate. That’s what makes the aspect of being an artist stronger. If I had to sum it all up in one word, it would be connection,” says Forehand.

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