The Art One students at Forest Hills High School just had a once in a lifetime experience with visiting artist Bob Doster. Doster helped students create three unique metal sculptures to be installed on the exterior of the school. The students worked with Doster in each stage of the creation, including planning and drawing, plasma cutting, painting, and installation.
Bob Doster is an internationally known sculpture artist from Lancaster, South Carolina. He has sold sculptures ranging from $10 to $200,000. He has his own studio and gallery located in Lancaster called the Bob Doster Backstreet Studio. Doster is a teaching artist who has worked with over 150,000 students.
This project was supported by the Union County Community Arts Council's "Arts in the Schools" Grants. Forest Hills' art teacher, Mrs. Alicia Swackhamer, along with fifty-six of her Art One students, had the opportunity to work with Doster. These students are in grades nine through twelve. They created three separate metal sculptures each depicting the culture and environment of the school. Students had the opportunity to cut the sculptures out of metal using a plasma cutter. Senior Malorie Ruple commented, â€œIt was really easy and fun to use the plasma cutter. It was a great experience!â€ Students were provided with special goggles and gloves to use while cutting. â€œIt was fun, but I was scared using the plasma cutter. I would definitely do it again,â€ said junior Jequana Taylor.
Swackhamer expressed her excitement about how the project turned out. â€œI think it was a wonderful experience for everyone involved. I canâ€™t thank the Union County Arts Council enough for their support of this project. Working with a professional artist like Bob Doster is a once in a lifetime opportunity!â€