NHS freshman's drawing on display in Austin

NHS freshman's drawing on display in Austin
Posted on 02/24/2020
NHS freshman's drawing on display in Austin

Emily Patrick planned on submitting a sculpture work for the Texas Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Capitol Celebration. But when the sculpture was unable to be used, the ninth-grader at Nacogdoches High School improvised and went a different direction.

One of the potential replacements, a colored pencil drawing of a koi fish swimming through a pond, was almost an afterthought, she said. But NHS art teacher Carlene Higgins thought otherwise, selecting it to submit to TAEA.

The result? Emily’s drawing will be part of a display featuring art from 61 Texas school districts next month at two exhibits in Austin: March 1-7 in the State Capitol’s Lower Rotunda and March 8-28 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

On March 22, Emily, Higgins and NISD Fine Arts Director Paulette Tomlinson will attend a reception in the Austin Room at the Bullock Museum.

Emily says ink is her favorite medium, but the sketch using colored pencils jumps off the canvas, showing vibrant hues of blue water, green lily pads and red blooms of flowers.

Emily said she didn’t plan on entering the drawing in the TAEA Youth Art Month contest, but Higgins loved the work and grabbed it up to submit to the judges.

After being displayed in Austin during March, the work will be returned to Emily – framed.

While Emily’s a freshman and not yet ready to commit to plans after high school, she will likely find herself in the arts, she said. In addition to drawing, her interests include painting, sculpting, singing and writing.


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