Aldyn on Art & School
Aldyn stands in the QHS cafeteria next to a mural she helped create. As president of Quitman High School’s National Art Society with two years of broadcasting study at the Career Center, this QHS senior explains how art in school has impacted her education.
“Drawing wise – I try to draw everyday. I’m just drawing how I feel. The last time I made a big piece that everyone saw was last year when I made a mural for the cafeteria. I helped make that, and everyone was excited about it. That makes me happy. Mrs Martin (Career Tech’s Broadcasting instructor, QHS’s art teacher and Art Club advisor) was my main inspiration. She has been there for me the last four years of my school career. She is a great role model. She allowed me to go to her classroom whenever I felt overwhelmed or just wanted to do an art project. She has to drive from the vo-tech (Career Center) here before her class starts every day.”
“That’s my anxiety,” Aldyn points to the nine-eyed alien she has named and then displays the pottery and sculpting she has completed.
“I do pottery and a little bit of sculpting. I took a pottery class at the Max over the summer, and I made a really cool bowl that collapsed into itself and made a vortex. I do my sculpting here at the school.”
Most would assume that Aldyn is headed to an art and design college following her high school graduation.
“No,” she says. “I have been invited to Maryland Institute of the Arts and art schools in Illinois, Michigan, and Texas, but I plan to make education my daily focus. I’ll probably do commission work on the side or maybe go off and teach at an art school later. You have to be smart with your money. I’m from a single-parent household. Art education is my best path. I want to be in art. Your parents are always going to tell you that art is not a real job. If you’re not working with corporations, you have to work commissions, and the cost of art supplies, art school and tuition is high. It’s $5 for one pencil. I’ll be going to Jones College. They offer more traditional based art classes.”
As Aldyn focuses on the work she is continuing in college English Comp II, calculus, economics, government and the part-time job she has after school as well as shining bright as the historian for FBLA and as a member of the school’s National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society and Beta Club, she’s not too busy to hang out and have lunch with friends.
“I want to take a picture with my friends,” Aldyn smiles before she gives her advice.
“Don’t be scared. Everyone is just living their own lives. Chill out. Take Debbie Reeves as soon as possible. Focus on your interests. Get out of your comfort zone. I overcame some anxiety here.”