Table centerpieces put ‘a world of learning’ on display

Their subjects ranged from starry nights and galaxies to water lilies and sunflowers, but the one thing all the orbs had in common was their inspiration: a desire to show how HISD is putting a “global” spin on education for all of its 215,000 students.

Children from 28 different campuses decorated Styrofoam balls this year to serve as the table centerpieces at the State of the Schools luncheon, and participating students were eager to share their artistic visions with guests.

“My students enjoyed the challenge of researching the cosmos and incorporating their own interpretations of the galaxy within the artwork,” said Hamilton Middle Schools’ Patti Hernandez. “They had never painted ‘in the round’ before and found the task exhilarating.”

“My students created designs in the style of other famous artworks/artists,” added her colleague, Bridgette Phillips. “They used Vincent van Gogh’s Vase with Twelve Sunflowers and The Starry Night, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Roy Lichtenstein’s Varoom!, and Lois Ehlert’s Circus as their inspirations.”

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Jessica Martin’s students decided to incorporate some of their favorite aspects of the Gregory Lincoln Education Center in their creations, such as its status as a “Leader in Me” school, its location in the historic Fourth Ward, and even its new brood of 12 chickens “that seem to be the talk of the school.”

“My students really enjoyed the project,” added Wendy Bejarano, from the Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center. “And since this class is based on design and sculpture, they did a little sculptural addition to each.”