SCAD-Atlanta’s Buzz Bus, filled with students, faculty and staff from “The University for Creative Careers,” made a surprise visit to B.E.S.T. Academy Middle School in December to lead students in a hands-on workshop in art and design. The event was coordinated by B.E.S.T. Academy’s guidance counselor, Joni N. Lawson.
The SCAD representatives demonstrated the use of the grid method to analyze and create art. The B.E.S.T. students, each of whom was given a photo of President Barack Obama, were asked to recreate their favorite square from within the gridded image. Once the squares were completed, each student’s square was placed with the squares of their classmates to recreate the original, whole image.
B.E.S.T. art teacher Sammie Gordon was also presently surprised to receive SCAD’s surprise donation of art supplies for his classroom. “I am so grateful and appreciative,” Gordon said. SCAD’s mascot, Art the Bee, participated in the fun, presenting the students with backpacks and notebooks.
Principal LaPaul Shelton was overwhelmed with gratitude at having SCAD conduct the workshop for his students. The finished piece will hang in the school as a testament to his student’s creativity.