TROY — During Tuesday’s Troy School Board meeting, Wayne Beeman, a visual arts and digital media teacher at Troy Middle School, presented to the board what the students had been working on.
Beeman discussed the physical and digital art tools students use to create art and mentioned the valuable skills they learn through art lessons using programs like Sketchbook.
“I have shared with them how I have side jobs where I have been contacted to do graphic design, so this is something that can really be applied in the future.
Beeman’s example of this was the candy bar project, which begins with students designing the wrapper for a candy bar. Students then learn on Tinkercad with Jeff Palmer, the STEM instructor, how to create precise models of the candy bars. Students also learn to read and interpret the nutrition labels on candy bars from TIS physical education teacher Curtis Miller.
“I see what we do in the visual arts world as a way to complement what the majors do,” Beeman said.
Beeman hopes to incorporate teaching students to write jingles to market their treats next year.
“We also try to link color theory, marketing and slogans. Some of the slogans these kids come up with are quite witty.
Beeman closed with a student-produced video highlighting what they call “spectator power” and a student’s ability to fight bullying. Beeman thanked the board for supporting children’s arts education.
“We are better together, but always remember that it is more beautiful with art.”