DHS’ art class connecting to real world through grant

DERON TALLEY @DeRonTalley
DHS Art teacher Kyte Aymond helps students with their artwork in class last week.

Kyte Aymond, third-year art teacher at Donaldsonville High, wanted to help his advanced art class learn to make real world connections through their work. So he wrote and applied for a grant through the Ascension Fund and was accepted for a $1,000 provided by Williams Olefins Chemical Plant.

“The grant was to help the kids make connections to the artists and how the artist communicate through their work,” Aymond said.

Aymond said being in Donaldsonville for the last three years has helped him “see everything is here it’s just unlocking that rich culture.”

“You can do it through art,” Aymond said. “The students are really trying to communicate and art is a way they can, especially if they aren’t the best in reading or writing they still have something to say. You see it come out through images and their artwork.”

The $1,000 grant helped to pay for the supplies and books the students could use, and Aymond said as the students progress they hope to have an art show.

One of the final works the students will complete will be based on a poem entitled, “Deep Yard Dream,” a piece they found in the new literature the grant funded.

Andrew Dickerson, 11th grade student, who has found the themes to be darkness and having dreams robbed.

“My work is tying into it because the dream we have is relationship with nature,” Dickerson said. “I’m deep into philosophy. So I’m trying to explain how the true goal of humans is to have a connection through nature because only through nature can one find themselves.”