Artwork by Williamson County students will be on display for thousands this weekend at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin.
This comes after festival organizers invited area schools to participate in the Student Tapestry Project as a way of celebrating student art.
Independence High Art 3 Honors students Kainen Bez-Marsh, Zoe Fitzhugh, McKayla Marcrum, Lauren Oberman, Morgan Pierce, Yeneneh Seay, Ethan Valk and Cami Vollmer welcomed the challenge to create a collaborative masterpiece.
“The students came up with several ideas,” said IHS Art Teacher Andrea Howard. “They sketched out individual ideas, shared them with one another, discussed and compiled the best solutions and voted on the final design. For the duration of the project, the students alternated days working on the tapestry in small groups.”
Howard says she could not be more proud of her students.
“This was a monstrous project,” said Howard. “It was by far the biggest painting they have ever completed. Many of the students even worked on the tapestry after school and on weekends. Their work ethic and attitude were stellar throughout the entire project.”
The banner will be displayed during the festival which runs September 26-27.
“Any chance our students can partner with the community and promote awareness and appreciation for art is a valuable and rewarding experience,” said Howard. “This project exposed them to the dynamics of working as a team and for a client. More importantly, relationships were built after spending many hours chatting, debating, problem solving and laughing.”
The tapestry will also be included in a silent auction. If purchased, the highest bidder will take home the tapestry an the money will go directly to the IHS art department.