John Gray High School art students are selling original prints of their GCSE artwork to raise money to attend a summer program at a prestigious art school in Atlanta, Georgia.
The students will be at Camana Bay on Wednesday, April 29, from noon until 7 p.m. selling their work, the proceeds of which will help pay for airfares, as well as the summer program and tuition at the Savannah College of Art and Design, known as SCAD.
The program lasts a week and students take part in creative pre-college seminars which will enhance their art training, prepare them for Year 12 or A levels and give them the opportunity of mixing with other art-minded students internationally.
John Gray art teacher Aimee Randolph, who is organizing the trip and traveling with the students, said, “I think that it is an amazing opportunity as there are things that the students can do at SCAD that they cannot do on island or at John Gray.
“They will get to make use of resources that we simply just don’t have, such as digital design, animation and fashion. We felt it was a better opportunity to go somewhere with the students that is such a cultural hub. We will visit the art museums and experience the culture of the city in the evenings after the classes, so I am excited for them.”
The students taking part are Lowidka Linares-Watler, Tyra Iton, Aaron West, Selena McLaughlin, Zoe Leggatt, Owen Harris and Katrine David. They have been working hard on their art pieces to raise money for the trip. There was a bake sale on April 22, another to be held on May 6, and donations can be made directly on the fundraising site.
Teacher Georgia Harding has made a film for the website to support the fundraising effort explaining that the students “have cultivated a talent that will take them on an unforgettable journey this summer in Atlanta. Help them on their journey … buy their art, support them.”
SCAD, which was founded in 1978, has more than 11,000 students from nearly 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. As well as the more traditional courses in painting, printmaking and sculpture, the school also offers degrees in advertising, branded entertainment, interactive game development, television producing and visual effects.
The students have all chosen two specialities to study during the summer program. Aaron West has chosen acrylic painting and poster design, Lowdika Linares-Watler chose acrylic and 3-D printing, and Selena McLaughlin opted for watercolor and sculpture. Zoe Leggatt said that it was a “strong possibility” that she would study at SCAD for her degree. “This is the first time to run this opportunity for the students, which costs almost US$2,000 each,” said Jodi Wisdom, head of art at the school. “It will be a really good experience for the kids, especially the ones who want to continue their artistic careers and they are really excited. They will be able to speak to younger students about the trip to Atlanta and inspire them.”
National Gallery exhibition
All art students taking GCSE in Year 11 will be exhibiting their coursework at the Dart Auditorium at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands from May 4-15.
“It is vital that the National Gallery supports the work of young and upcoming artists and we look forward to working with the Year 11 JGHS class on their GCSE exhibition.” said Kerwin Ebanks, education officer at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. “NGCI is committed to supporting three student exhibitions each year in the Dart Auditorium/Community Gallery as part of our mission to promote the appreciation and practice of the visual arts of and in the Cayman Islands.”
For more information on the students’ fundraising efforts, visit gofundme.com/caymanscad.