- Teachers show off their creative works of art -
How talented are Humble ISD’s art teachers?
Lake Houston residents can see for themselves any weekday until November at a faculty art display on the first floor of Humble ISD’s Administration Building at 10203 Birchridge Drive, just north of Deerbrook Mall.
“Our faculty aren’t just teachers, they’re artists in their own right. We encouraged them to show off how wonderful they are,” said Stacia Gower, Humble ISD’s visual arts coordinator.
Humble ISD showcases student art twice a year in the Administration Building lobby “…but students like to have their art back when school is out, so we decided to involve our art teachers,” said Gower. “We want them to step up the game and we wanted the public to know our amazing teachers.”
What they do is undeniably amazing – fiber art, weaving, quilts, crochet sculpture, ceramics, photography, drawings, prints and paintings, too.
Summertime brings a lot of foot traffic through Humble ISD’s administration building with new teachers being interviewed and professional development classes underway. Gower and Houston Hayes, Humble ISD’s director of fine art, thought it made sense to continue to feature art in the lobby.
“We invited all district art teachers to participate and I got a group of art teachers to help me curate it,” said Gower. “They were so helpful. They took ownership ... thought it out so it would all work together. It was a very thoughtful process.”
What teachers submitted was a revelation.
“We knew we had talented art teachers and Stacia and I were familiar with the ability of a few of our teachers,” said Hayes, “but we were shocked at the amount of interest as well as the scope and talent of their work. We knew the quality would be good, but we had no idea of the diversity of the art.”
Gower was especially moved by the painting of a woman holding a tea cup.
“From a distance, you don’t see the richness of the material that the teacher used, paints plus a variety of items like buttons and gemstones,” she said. “The painting is vivid both in texture and color.”
A couple of ceramic pieces caught Hayes’ eye.
“A middle-school teacher sculpted sushi platters and bowls for sake,” he said. “The glaze and texture really pops in color.”
There is a book, accordion-style, that begins with one design and morphs into another design. Flip it over and there is a completely different design on the other side.
“Many art teachers have a home studio but, frankly, it is a challenge to create your own art,” said Gower. “By the time you create your lesson plan and inspire your students, you’re already drained.”
That’s why Hayes and Gower were so surprised to see the level and quality of work that came in.
They hosted an evening reception on Aug. 12. With the Atascocita High School’s Strolling Strings providing musical ambiance, the art teachers were able to view all 49 pieces of art.
“Our next exhibit goes up in November. We’ll feature one piece of student art from each art teacher,” said Gower.
Another student art exhibit is March through the end of May and that, Gower and Hayes say, will be followed with the second faculty exhibit.
Humble ISD’s art department participates in shows throughout the year, including the Texas Association of School Boards art show in September and the annual art show of the Humble Livestock Show and Rodeo.
“Our biggest event each year, though, is the Fine Arts Festival with Lone Star College-Kingwood,” said Gower. “This is quite an event with visual and performing arts, including a huge art show. It’s an awesome day for our community and it attracts some 10,000 people to the Kingwood campus.”
The public can view the faculty art display weekdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through the end of October at the Hmble ISD Administration Building. Some of the art is available for purchase and many of the art teachers can be commissioned to create artwork.