Diversity: WS/FCS Visual Art Teachers is a special exhibition celebrating the vision, talent, and dedication of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ remarkable visual arts teachers. The exhibition features 15 works by elementary, middle, and high school educators, showing the diverse talent present in our local schools, underscoring the artistic contributions teachers make beyond the classroom with their students.
A Passion for Art
Susan Johnson, Visual Arts teacher at East Forsyth High School, is one of the Diversity exhibitors. “As most Visual Arts teachers, I not only have a passion for teaching art and an appreciation of it in general, exposing students to the various mediums, but I do oil paintings in my time away from the classroom. The SECCA exhibition gives our students and community an opportunity to see our art. Personally, I like to paint large, up-close flowers, using oil paint, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. The love of my family is also an inspiration for my art,” said Susan.
Other local Visual Art teachers featured include Amy Davis, of Atkins High School, who has two large abstract pieces using acrylic and collage, as well as Kim Harper, from North Forsyth High School, who has a tile piece on display. “There’s a great variety of mediums used in the pieces at SECCA. From oil, acrylic, and tile, to several sculpture pieces made from metal. This exhibition showcases the great talent of local art teachers and the pieces can also be purchased. As teachers we show our students that much of life, from architecture, to photography, to products we use every day, began as art, a drawing or rendering, at some point in the creative process. This exhibition was rewarding; being able to share with our students and peers what we’ve created made this a special time,” Susan commented.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. Diversity: WS/FCS Visual Art Teacher exhibition is on view May 26-August 7, 2022. For more information, visit www.secca.org.