SHS enters world of art

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Over 50 pieces of artwork from Socorro High School students are on display at the Socorro Chamber of Commerce.

Students in grades nine through 12 are exposed to a wide variety of art taught by art teacher Laurie Heintz. The students' artwork on display includes a selection from most of their projects, such as drawings, paintings and prints to 3D sculptures and altered books.

Heintz said she likes to put out students' artwork for the community in December because it is a good time and place for such an exhibit since there are a lot of things going on, and it gets the best exposure to the community, she said.

Heintz saves pieces of students' artwork and most of their projects and chooses which artwork will be on display. She said it is a hard choice because she selects the artwork without looking at the student's name, but at the artwork itself.

Heintz's art class is an elective. She has been an art teacher at Socorro High School for 10 years and has taught in North Carolina, Costa Rica, Washington State and Hawaii. She also helps prepare students if they choose to take art in college or if they want to study art as a career. But most importantly, Heintz said she chooses to inspire students to love art.

"My favorite thing about teaching are my students," she said. "They make it a lot of fun."

Heintz has 100 students and displays current projects in a case outside of her classroom. She also has an artist of the week where she displays a student's artwork in the front hall of the school.

"I have high expectations," Heintz said. "The students are pretty good. I feel I try to give positive re-enforcement. They are all good kids and they seem to enjoy it. I listen to them."

Heintz covers the important concepts of art and tries to make it interesting. She said she wants students to express themselves in their art. Currently, the students are studying Tim Burton, and learning to understand Burton's art forms. In one project, students created a duplicate of his puppets from the movie "Corpse Bride" as best as they could with the materials they had.

Students are required to demonstrate an understanding of concepts and techniques.

"I like watching students learn and be successful with the projects. It's a lot of fun," Heintz said. "I get to teach everything, I can't say what I like the most."