SHS students donate drawings to UL

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Students at Southside High School believe in the art of giving.

Students in a class taught by Kimberly Thibodeaux donated 22 pen and ink drawings they created to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Monday.

UL Lafayette was the perfect recipient of the black and white drawings. Renderings are campus halls, buildings, and landmarks.

Thibodeaux coordinated the project with Dr. Nathan Roberts, Dean of the College of Education. He said the signed drawings will be framed and hung in undetermined locations on campus.

“When people see them, they will see wonderful performances of the campus, as well as the enormous talent of a group of our local high school students,” said Roberts.

Thibodeaux said that for the past two years, his art students have done pen and ink drawings of monuments in Youngsville, where the school is located.

Thibodeaux, who graduated from the College of Education in 1993, decided to branch out this year. She chose her alma mater for her “history, her beauty and because she is so important to the community”.

The UL Lafayette pen and ink projects began late last year. The students created their drawings from photographs of the campus buildings taken by Thibodeaux.

As the name suggests, pen and ink drawings are made with pens rather than materials such as pencils, pastels, or charcoal. The medium is difficult, because mistakes cannot be erased or repainted.

It’s also fun, said Sydney Dawson, a sophomore at Southside who designed Burke-Hawthorne Hall, which is home to several university departments and the KRVS radio station.

Dawson has always loved to draw, but was not used to pen and ink until the class project began. She said that a favorite technique she had learned was hatching. The process involves drawing thin parallel lines in mesh-like patterns to give tone or texture to the image.

“It’s a bit like a basket weaving pattern, to give shade or depth, to darken a tree or a building,” she explained.


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