2019: Madison Wetzel Middle School Art Students Visit Firnew Farm

Wetzel Middle School art students at Firnew Farm.  Tintype courtesy of John Berry

Photographs and tintype courtesy of John Berry


From the Madison County Eagle Newspaper, October 31, 2019 by Gracie Hart Brooks.

Eighth grade art students had the opportunity to interact with local artists last week.

Students in Anna Mann’s art class traveled to Firnew Farm last Thursday. While there, they interacted with members of the farm’s artist’s circle, a group of local and regional artists specializing in a variety of art techniques including painting, jewelry, cartooning and more. The local artists taught the students about their specific art techniques, meeting with two to three students at a time. Some students also brought in their own art pieces, partaking in the circle’s review and critique of each other’s work.

Mann, who is in her first year of teaching, said the 17 students participating in the field trip applied to do so. She said bringing them to Firnew allows the students to experience local art and know that art can be done anywhere. It also exposes them to forms of art that there may not be time to do in the classroom.

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