Agriculture shop machinery and art may not seem like intuitive partner disciplines in education, but Crossett High School’s students and teachers found a way to seamlessly combine the two this school year.
At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, art teacher Jacqueline Hennington asked agriculture and shop teacher Sammy Cox if he and his shop students would be interested in a collaborative project with her Art II and III students. Hennington had an idea to create door plaques for every teacher and every administrator at CHS.
The plaques would be made of wood and would be hand painted by the art students. The design on the placards would be the Crossett Eagle official logo and have a feather shingle with the teacher’s name on it hanging below the eagle head. The feather shingle would be designed to be removable if a teacher changed rooms or left CHS, while the eagle head would be permanently attached to the wall above the room number.
Hennington used a grid method to create a pattern in order to make sure that the design was exactly like the school’s official logo. She and Cox made a prototype of the plaque for Principal Anthony Boykin’s approval.
With the administrative OK, the two teachers decided on the number of plaques and feathers that had to be cut out of plywood before the painting could begin.
Cox’s students meticulously cut out and sanded approximately 60 eagle heads and 80 feathers before the art students gave the plaques a coat of white primer and sanded them again before the pattern could be traced onto each plaque.
“We set up an assembly line where different students painted different sections of the logo design,” Hennington said. “It was a very long and tedious process because the colors had to be just right and the design had to be painted exactly. No room for creativity or painting outside the lines for this art project.
“Our students have done a great job on this project and we are very proud of their contribution. Everyone really loves them and thinks they look great in our new school.” Hennington said she hopes the plaques will also be very helpful for new students, parents and personnel who are trying to locate a particular teacher’s classroom.