Georgia Magazine - July 2019 - 17

PHOTOS COURTESY STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART

Top left: During A Day at
STMA, youths create portraits
using twisted wire.
Top right: A student makes
a reverse painting based on
Steffen Thomas' art. Left:
Morgan County Alternative
School students create a
multidimensional sun mural
for the Morgan County
Sheriff 's Office.

STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART

educational mainstream.
"I saw there were many [students who] were quite creative
and talented. And I felt like if we could touch them in some way
... get in touch with a positive side to them, this might stick with
them and help their self-esteem," she says.
Established in 2002, Creative Teens Earning Green is now a
weekly program at the school. Athen Lee, the school's director,
says the school's students are primarily middle schoolers and
high schoolers who are served best in a nontraditional school
environment. During the 2018-19 school year, 36
students participated in the program.
How do the incoming students react to
the news of an arts class?
"You get a lot of those looks," Lee
says with a laugh.
Attendance is not mandatory, but the laughter from
the arts class has proven to
be a powerful draw. The fully
interactive, non-lecture-format
class is led by Rutledge-based
teacher, writer and artist
Angelina Bellebuono and the

museum's art and outreach instructors, Elizabeth Collins and
Chuck Hanes.
The diversity of the lessons reflects Thomas' enthusiasm
for all aspects of art, including sketching, pottery and sculpture.
Painting her self-portrait and constructing a Mardi Gras
mask were among the favorite projects for Talia, 15.
"I really like making the birdhouses, too," she adds.
The birdhouses were made to support a Habitat for
Humanity fundraiser. It is not uncommon for the students'
projects to benefit nonprofit organizations.
"It has always been a big part of our program. We
talk about community and connecting-the ways
they can be positive citizens in the community,"
Collins says.
In addition to contributing their
artwork to fundraisers, students design,
create and install permanent art projects as gifts to local nonprofits. Examples
include a welded metal sculpture created
Steffen Thomas created art in many forms.
Shown here is a ceramic piece titled
"Nixon and Gang."
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