Local student artists are participating in a global event in which their personal artwork will be featured in the March ‘School Arts Magazine.’ Abington Heights High School art students’ clay hexagon tile projects will be featured in an article about the Hexagon Project and this particular magazine issue is the giveaway issue at the National Art Education Association National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, so it will be seen by art educators around the globe.
The Hexagon Project commemorates Interdependence day, which falls on the day after the anniversary of September 11, 2001. This project allows students to submit a hexagon figure with a symbol, made from any material a student would like to use, and reflects a cause they feel strongly about that pertains to global interdependence theme.
Eileen Healey, an Abington Heights art teacher, allowed her ceramics class to participate in the Hexagon Project, and three of her students’ artwork will be on display in the magazine. Since Healey’s class is based on ceramics, her students created their hexagons from clay.
Healey’s class has been hard at work creating their hexagons, and she commented on the length of time the students have been creating, “Three to four weeks from planning and research through completing the glazing process.”
Healey discussed her class’s reactions and enthusiasm toward this project, “They really enjoy the opportunity to be able to express their own personal messages about issues that they feel strongly.”