Although the winter weather kept students out of school one day this week, Thomson High School students soon will be able to enjoy spring on a new patio thanks to the art and agriculture classes.
Art teacher Claudia Wells applied for a grant enabling her art students to design and decorate a patio that will be located in the breezeway between the art, theater and band rooms at the high school. Students in Rick Dubose's agriculture class are laying flagstone pavers for the base of the patio. Mrs. Wells said a private donation from THS alumni also funded the patio.
Although it's situated outside and made from natural materials, the patio's dÃ©cor will follow a fine arts theme, with a large mural painted by the Arts 3 students and benches made from ceramic tiles painted by the Ceramics 3 students. The ceramics students also are designing a sculpture for the patio.
"It'll be nice to have outside," junior Haley Tam said. "It'll be a nice change, especially since the fine arts don't get a lot of recognition."
The mural was designed and is being painted by Haley and her classmates, James Lee, Rodney Long and Travis Gunn. It features a large tree with branches themed for band, chorus, drama and art. Each student took a branch and came up with ideas of what to paint "growing" on the branch, such as band instruments or theatre masks.
"It's hard to paint because it's a lot bigger and you have to add in a lot more value," James said, adding that it was the first time any of them had worked on a large mural.
"It's different to paint a mural, but I like it. It's better than sitting in a desk," Travis said.
The tiles on the benches also feature artwork of the same themes as the mural. Mrs. Wells said the patio should be finished by the end of April. And that is another lesson the students are having to learn - fitting their creativity into a deadline.
"It's nice, but I'm just worried about being rushed," Rodney said.