Gifts come to the BHS Art Department in many ways. This year in came to us as a simple job filled as Permanent Substitute Teacher Lauren Vigneau. We were blessed this year to have our very our former student return as a substitute teacher. Lauren's daily tasks varied as she subbed for different teachers throughout the building on a daily basis.
This was the perfect fit for Lauren who is earning her Masters Degree in Art Education. Of course the art teachers all love it when Lauren is our sub because she engages all of our students in wonderful ways. Colleague Keith Mistler said:
"Lauren has been such a wonderful addition to the art department at BHS. She loves subbing for my classes and my students like to ask for her artistic opinion. I know she will be an amazing art teacher with much to offer!"
Lauren studied at The New England Institute of Art, where she earned her Bachelor in Graphic Design. Her website Birchnine shows her extensive design work and talents.
Since Lauren is a designer I asked her if she would share her talents and create the postcard for the student art exhibition being held at the new Mercedes Benz dealership. Lauren gleeful volunteered her time and created this great poster and postcard.
Lauren's ability to showcase and identify twenty-two student names and artwork were demonstrated in this artful poster and postcard!
Lauren also jumped on board when I asked her to help out with a logo and signage for the new Maker Studio that my architecture students are creating for the their client teacher Jenn Scheffer. The Maker Studio is new space in our school library where students can go to create and experiment. The new space needed an identity and definitive logo. Lauren created these wonderful logos and designs for the space:
She then create a wonderful lesson for the architecture students. They critiqued the work with her and she explained the design process, print process and presented the ideas. The students gave feedback and are working with the client to create the final design. (Coming in a post soon!)
It was a pleasure to watch my former student teach this lesson with confidence and skill. She is already a wonderful educator and artist and we were blessed this year to have her working with us!
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Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.
Burlington Public Schools