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Swansea Freshman Academy Students “Pop Out” for Art

or many classrooms this school year looks very different, whether it is taking classes online or trying to organize and communicate virtually.  In a typical school year taking art can be arduous in itself but trying to do art virtually is full of unique challenges. Swansea High and Freshman Academy Art teacher Brandi Rude is taking creativity to the next level! During her first two units of study, students explored Pop Art one week and Surrealism the next. Upon examining information about several famous Artists and discussing their Artwork, Art 1 students developed their own version of Pop Art and Surrealism.  “I am always in awe of the creativity of my students,” states Rude.  Tabrie Neilsen created an eye for her Pop Art project. "I picked the eye because eyes are easy to draw, and I didn't want to do something really complicated for pop art," she commented. Callum Naas created a mask, saying “I thought it was a good way to show some of the pressures of our society today. I used simple pencils.” Jayden Rucker, a virtual student, created a robot.  “I love the acts of kindness the Robot helps with,” Rude says. 


Rude herself grew up in Lexington Four and is a graduate of Swansea High School. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.A. in Art Studio and has a M.A. from South Carolina State University in Rehabilitation Counseling.  “I made a career change after working in State Government for 12 years.” She entered into the teaching profession to make a difference and be a source of positivity and kindness in students’ lives. “I want to be that constant.”  


Bobby the Helpful Robot

Masked Society