Johnston High Art Department wins state grant

Posted 6/18/21

Johnston High School’s Art Department has been steadily growing its focus on technology in relation to the art studio.

Grant Funding from the RI Legislature, sponsored by state Rep. Deborah …

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Johnston High Art Department wins state grant

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Johnston High School’s Art Department has been steadily growing its focus on technology in relation to the art studio.

Grant Funding from the RI Legislature, sponsored by state Rep. Deborah Fellela, provides an opportunity for students to create on an iPad and for teachers to document and share student work. The grant also allows for the purchase of display materials in the form of mats to frame artwork produced in Digital Art classes.

The $500 grant allows for greater use of the Adobe Suite program used in Digital Art. Adobe Suite is the gold standard in graphic design and illustration fields. Therefore, this funding supports school to career connections.

Work will be exhibited in person in an annual art show as well as online, allowing young artists to share their artistic vision with the school community and beyond.

Kerry Murphy’s objective, as Visual Arts Chairwoman, is to support the exciting work being done by art teachers, Mike Harwood and Matthew Nerney, as well as the students in their classes.

“We want to enhance both teaching and learning through state of the art technology equipment and programs,” Murphy said. “We are now proud to offer a Digital Art Academy pathway. Students take a prescribed selection of courses to prepare for challenging real world work experiences— both in visual art and technology. They can graduate with a certificate and gold seal recognizing their specialization, in addition to their high school diploma.”

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