Crockett students, renown artist create together
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
When Kevin Reese, renown sculptor, arrived at Crockett Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 26, the fourth and fifth grade students had already presented him with some ideas.They chose a topic they know about, motion/action. Reese spent the week with about 100 fourth and fifth graders helping them to create a mobile to be permanently displayed in the foyer at Crockett Elementary School.The final product was unveiled Friday afternoon, Sept. 30 after Reese’s performance of his one-man show, “A Perfect Balance” at the Crockett Civic Center.“A Perfect Balance” is inspired by the work of American artist Alexander Calder who invented the mobile.The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association brought Reese and his performance to Crockett as the first event of the 2011-2012 School Time Series.Students from across Houston County were treated to the play Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Crockett Civic Center.During the process of creating their mobile with Reese, Crockett students learned about geometry (shapes, angles), balance, teamwork and much more.The school sculpture residency program was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Rural Communities, Inc. Pam Morrison of PWFAA coordinated the residency, which required two years of planning and application processes to obtain.