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Schmidt guides future artists

January 16, 2019

Schmidt guides future artists

By Jasmine Stinson

 

            Art is something that is displayed throughout West Point-Beemer High School and continues to inspire students.

As soon as people walk into the gym, they will see the massive Cadet painted on the wall. The Cadet was created by Craig Schmidt, WPBHS art teacher.

            Schmidt attended Wayne State college and played football from 1981-1985. He was gifted in art in high school and decided to pursue it in college. He didn’t originally intend to teach.

            “Teaching wasn’t on the radar until I had to decide what to do with my life,” said Schmidt

who starting teaching in Dodge after college until 1997. He decided to teach at WPBHS in 1997 because of coaching opportunities.

 Schmidt’s high school classes have up to 20 students, and his junior high classes have up to 13 students. Schmidt's goal for his students is to prepare them for college art. He gives them skills they can have for the rest of their lives.

            “You can do art for the rest of your life regardless of what you do,” said Schmidt. He loves to teach people about art.

 At least a dozen of his students have gone on to study art or become instructors themselves. Jordyn Knobbe, former WPBHS student, studied graphic arts and often comes back to talk to the students.

            Three years ago, Schmidt started Art Club hoping to give students more time to work. The club is extremely popular with over 65 members.

Along with its many members, the club has three officers including President Alex Lopez, Vice president Esmeralda Figueroa, and Secretary Gerardo Osorio. The club has open studio every Thursday after school and monthly meetings to discuss activities.

            The students in the club volunteer for community service projects like working at the movie theatre and painting faces at basketball games. All of these activities help the students go on a trip to an art museum.

            “Art club gives me the opportunity to talk to people I thought I never would and it gives me a chance to work on my artistic abilities,” said Brithany Cervantes, art club member.

Art at WPBHS gives students a creative outlet and teaches them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. 

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