Early Art Throwdown
When Jeff Mather brought the idea (Jeff's story) to Grady High School's John Brandhorst, senior Perrin Turner (2009) spread the word to his peers and got the ball rolling. The Art Throwdown brings students from high schools across Atlanta to engage in a different kind of art competition. Similar to a competitive reality show on television, each young artist is faced with a challenge: drawing when you cannot see your hands or the paper; drawing from live models; and working with a group of artists to construct a sculpture in 30 minutes or less...
According to Turner, "the idea is to bring high school artists together and really provide a live experience with visual art where friends, family, and the larger community can get a closer look at the creative process. Participating high school artists also get hands-on experience geared towards the next level of artistic expression and learning, whether that means attending college or working in a professional environment."
~Information, photos and copy borrowed from the IgniteArt website:
"Reflections on the 2012 High Museum Throwdown"
Debi West, North Gwinnett High School -- Visual Art Department Chair
"Reflections on the 2017 Columbus State University NAHS/ASAS Throwdown"
Debi West, NAHS Co-Sponsor, North Gwinnett High School -- Visual Art Department Chair