At a time when some districts consider cutting art classes, Bear River High School has a growing art program that is a vital part of the school. Teachers Matt Hyde and Glori Alsop teach many art courses, from the basics of simple sketching to the intricate designs of custom jewelry.
The campus’ old cafeteria has been transformed into a bustling activity center full of aspiring artists. As the academic year winds down and projects are completed, a lot of student artwork is being judged and displayed. Come to the Bear River Valley Museum to see some of it in May and June.
Many of the exhibitors come from an art background or were inspired by family artists. Virginia (Bre) Nelson grew up watching her dad draw. “He drew ET when I was little. I’ll never forget.”
Emily Kohler and Amanda Shipley admired the artistry of older siblings.
Ryan Burnett thought the last thing she’d ever enjoy was art class. In her youth, she entered an art contest but forget to put her name on her work. An older student saw it, liked it, and put his name on the back. When her name was later found on the application, she was accused of cheating. It was a scary experience seen though tender, inexperienced eyes, and Ryan vowed she would never touch a canvas again. In the eighth grade, she rediscovered art and has been happily drawing since.
Read more about these young artists in this week’s Leader, and stop by the Bear River Valley Museum to view their work.