Art Students and Teacher Create Artwork for Local School

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School's Upper School Art students and their teacher, Scotty Peek, created a large three-piece painting (a triptych) for a new Reading Room at Bradley Elementary School.  The creation of the Reading Room was the ambitious service project of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2013, who developed the "Leading by Reading" project believing in the importance of a strong education, and specifically literacy, for every child in our community.  They did this in partnership with the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a program designed by the United Way of the Midlands, to enhance their current program and expand the impact they are having on schools in Richland One, Lexington Two and Richland-Lexington Five School Districts.

A member of this year's Leadership Columbia class approached Mr. Peek for advice on how to solicit art donations, which led instead to the development of an original artwork with a stronger  connection to the Bradley Elementary students.  Mr. Peek and the students worked from Bradley's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students' efforts to reproduce illustrations from popular kids books.  Back at Heathwood Hall, the Bradley students' fun and unique drawings were combined into three large 3.5' x 3.5' compositions and filled with lively colors.

The students who put in the most after-school work, Brianna Hill and Mary Catherine Wilcox, attended the Reading Room dedication with Mr. Peek at Bradley Elementary on Monday April 29, 2013.  A permanent label next to the artwork explains the piece as well as Heathwood Hall's involvement.  Heathwood Hall and its art department are very proud to have been a small part of the larger development of the Reading Room and would like to thank Leadership Columbia, Midlands Reading Consortium, and Bradley Elementary School for the opportunity to be involved.