PHS Art Club Tours Little Rock Museums

Thursday, February 12, 2015
PHS Art Students learn how to make their own silkscreen posters.(courtesy photo)

In early December, a group of Piggott High School art class members traveled to Little Rock to visit the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. According to instructor Jerri Tate, funding for the trip was provided by the Helen T. Leigh Museum Field Trip Grant 2014 in conjunction with the Arkansas Humanities Council.

Tate reports that while there, the students learned about the use of propaganda in World War I posters. "Students worked in groups to understand the message and importance of several original posters from that time period," she explained. "Students were also able to create their own silk screen poster."

Members of the art classes were also able to visit the Arkansas Arts Center where they viewed many types of art from abstract to realism. Later, the final stop for the students was the Old State House where they toured the Lights! Camera! Arkansas! exhibit. During their visit a docent discussed the elements and principles of movie posters and introduced them to the many famous people from Arkansas.

"The Art I students are using the information they gained from all three museums to create their own art exhibit about famous Arkansans," Tate explained. "The exhibit will include abstract portraits of the famous Arkansans and recordings of the student's voices pretending to interview the Arkansan."

She also noted the exhibit attendees will be able to hear the interviews by using their smart phones/provided mini iPad to scan a QR code.

The exhibit will be displayed in the high school library during the month of March, and Tate noted some of the famous Arkansans featured will be Maya Angelou, Douglas MacArthur and Carroll Cloar.

"I would also like to thank the Helen T. Leigh Museum Field Trip Grant, and the Arkansas Humanities Council, for providing this opportunity for the students to visit Little Rock and to learn about Arkansas," she concluded.

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