Germantown, Tennessee—September 29, 2018—Over the weekend, a select group of Houston High School art students got the extraordinary opportunity to paint a mural on a building in downtown Memphis. This is the second time that Houston High School has participated in the Paint Memphis event under the helm of HHS art teacher Bobby Spillman. This year, the event's theme was "dream big". Spillman drew out the original rough designs featuring horseshoes, giving a nod to the school and the school district. Spillman commented saying "The design was supposed to be simple yet unique, but once we actually got out there the students made changes along the way". Houston was the only high school invited to participate in the event. "It was incredible, my kids worked like a professional art team," said Spillman. "It was amazing to see them interact with other attendees as well. It was a practical application of art outside of the classroom complete with artists being artists." And, Paint Memphis delivered some internationally reknowned artists including Dustin Spagnola and Megan Kelly from Asheville, Lauren Asta from San Francisco, Sake One Design from San Diego, and lots of locals, such as Mary-Ellen Kelly and Quantavious Worship. According to Spillman, having his students working alongside these muraling greats is a once and a lifetime experience.
Spillman says that his Art IV classes will continue to focus on muraling and public art installations as they head into the next semester. Next, they are working on collaborations with the Germantown Police Department and the Germantown Community Library.