Artful Freedom

Part of where the art in Freedom High school begins, with an art teacher.

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Artful Freedom

Painting done by art teacher David Gill

Painting done by art teacher David Gill

Kenneth Guzman

Painting done by art teacher David Gill

Kenneth Guzman

Kenneth Guzman

Painting done by art teacher David Gill

Kenneth Guzman, J1 Reporter

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Bistro wall painting done by art teacher David Gill.

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Eagle painting with different flags around its crown, done by an unknown artist.

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Second gallery displaying eye drawings.

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One of the galleries in Freedom High School.

Art is everywhere. It has hidden meanings, unknown artists, unknown dedications and it’s all around Freedom. It is done by the students and teachers and it’s spread throughout the school in various locations like hallway walls, display cases in the cafeteria, hang up galleries by the art rooms, and many other hidden pieces yet to be known by locals at Freedom.

These beautiful pieces were done by Freedom students, but it all begins in the classrooms with the help from the talented Art teachers whom sprinkle personal pieces around the school as well. While art is an elective class, an important aspect to it is getting students more and more involved and then spread that influence around the school.

Art teacher Mr. David Gill allowed The Talon a chance to uncover information regarding him as an artist, art teacher, and he shared some personal art work he created around the school.

He’s been drawing since the age of five and his art inspiration is painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell. A fun fact about Mr. Gill is his favorite type of art is watercolor, and from the various pieces of art he’s done, he’s sold some for hundreds even thousands of dollars.

Mr. Gill has created numerous art pieces around the school such as the “After School” wall painting, “The Bistro” wall painting, and he even painted school bus that sits at the entrance of the school. This bus pays tribute to a former student who died a few years ago. Mr. Gill painted him on the driver’s side of the school bus.

Mr. Gill said that as he painted it, he looked up at the sky and asked the student things like “Does this look about right?”  I asked him what was special about being an art teacher and he responded,  “You get paid for doing what you like most, and do it along with students you love, while 85 percent of people in the world aren’t.”

In relation to students and art, their pieces are also spread around the school such as nature acrylic paintings and watercolors of famous people being on display in the cafeteria. Another opportunity where students can display their work is at the All-County Art Festival and Show at Colgan High School where each teacher takes 50 pieces of art from their students to showcase at the art show.

Mr. Gill said we can engage students and spread influence at Freedom more by letting “…the students do what they want but I make sure it meets the criteria the school requires; and to spread influence I’m planning on creating a glass wheeled showcase of art to take around during lunches as a Freedom lunch art show.”

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