Making A Difference: Chuck Rhoads' Art Class - - Jackson, MS

Making A Difference: Chuck Rhoads' Art Class

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PUCKETT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It’s not a typical day today for Chuck Rhoads art classes at Puckett High School in Rankin County.

“Today we have what we call a painter’s garden," said Rhoads. "We have Mississippi artists out in the gardens painting to showcase their style and technique. Also it gives the students the opportunity to ask and talk to artist.”

The garden the artists are setting up in is a part of the art courses, too, landscaping. Sean Pearce has taken landscaping for three years. He understands the need for the garden being here instead of just a grassy patio.

“‘Cause it draws people in when come by and they can see it from the road and it makes you feel good just to see it,” said Pearce.

Even landscape artists are involved with students today telling their experience, like Bobby Joe Stribling .

“Ferns aren’t the most beautiful flower in the woods, but they make other plants that bloom look very good,” said Stribling.

And maybe that’s the purpose of art classes. In some opinions they aren’t the most necessary classes in the curriculum, but art sure helps the rest of them make more sense. Chuck thinks of it this way,

“Your history, your math, your science also your language arts," said Chuck. "All these combined together, art is the glue, I would say, for them all.”

First Lady Deborah Bryant visited the art garden at Puckett and she says,

“Chuck Rhoads does such a tremendous job with these children in bringing out their creativity," said First Lady Deborah Bryant. "You know, sometimes children can’t find their niche but they’re so artistic. You know some children Chuck has brought out by expressing themselves through art and how its made a difference in their life and gives them confidence and gives them a more positive outlook.”

A positive outlook? Finding one’s place? Isn’t that a great part of what you want for a student to have achieved by the time they graduate high school? Art, especially in Chuck Rhoads’ class, Makes that kind of Difference.

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