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Odom Artists Showcase Portfolios

Odom Academy Art I students spent the school year learning about museums, careers, matting and framing art, exhibits and more with the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET). Families attended an evening reception and awards ceremony for a student-guided tour and artwork showcase.

The Junior Docent Program is a collaboration between AMSET and Odom Academy. The unique opportunity teaches the Art I eighth-grade students how a museum operates as well as how to view and discuss artwork. Throughout the year, docents visit the museum and AMSET visits Odom.

“Advanced art students have a unique opportunity,” explained teacher Donna Ware. “Student artists meet the artists whose work is on display at the museum and exhibit curators, which allows a great opportunity to ask questions, from the inspiration behind a work of art, why that particular piece was chosen for the show, how a piece was created or the materials used to make the piece.” Students meet with each AMSET staff member to learn about careers and a behind the scenes look that visitors to the museum never see.

Through this in-depth study, students receive training to guide others to understand and enjoy works of art to provide tours for Odom sixth-graders visiting the museum. Parents that attended the reception had the opportunity to take the tour.

Students also compiled completed artwork during the year in a portfolio and learned the steps required of professionals to exhibit it, like selecting the best pieces, matting two-dimensional works, setting it up and hanging at the exhibition. Artwork will be on display at AMSET through May 20, 2019. 

Docents for the 2018-19 school year include Sofia Avila, Carmyn Barclay, Siara Benton, Conner Bradley, Chase Bridgeman, Kirsten Bridges, Jasmine Dabney, Consuelito De Luna, Shatoriea Francois, Rene Hernandez, Niya Jackson, Keith James, Jr., Kristin James, Luis Loza Jr., Nathan Martin, Ciarrah McCloney, Jacquelin Molina, Micah Shotwell, Destinee’ Thornton, Isaac Torres, Emily Walker and Samarra Wells.