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FHS teacher wins TAEA art educator of year award

Wendie Love, an art teacher at Farragut High School, recently received the 2007 Tennessee Art Education Association Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year award.

The award honors an outstanding TAEA member whose service and contribution to art education merits recognition and acclaim.

“The connection with the kids and just seeing them grow as young adults has been a wonderful experience,” Love said.

Love has taught art for 14 years, nine of which have been at FHS. She also taught at South Doyle Middle School and has taught kindergarten and preschool grade levels.

Love graduated from The University of Tennessee where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Ceramics and later received a Masters in Science degree in Art Education.

Love enjoys working with high school students, and currently teaches Art I, ceramics, sculpture, AP Art History and AP Studio at FHS.

“Seeing kids get excited about producing art and enjoying learning, that to me is the biggest challenge, trying to create an environment where students actually learn,” Love said.

Love’s students as well as other students at FHS enter the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers’ Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition every year, and usually receive many gold and silver medals, Love said.

Currently Love is also involved in many local art shows and continues to produce art and ceramics pieces regularly.

Love is a member of the female clay artists group, Terra Madre, and her works are on display in a Terra Madre art showing at The Art Market Gallery until Oct. 14. The event is free for the public.

Other pieces produced by Love are also on display at the art showing Transitions, located at the Fountain City Art Center until Nov. 1. This show is also free and open to the public.

Love includes many influences for her art such as mud, sand, taking things apart to see how they work, fabric, seeds, gardens and tea sets.

“For me, clay more than any other media, provides endless opportunities for creative problem solving and perpetual learning,” Love said. “Art is about process: establishing and recognizing a problem, imagining potential solutions, creating a solution and reflecting on the quality of the solution.”

The award will be presented at the TAEA Fall Conference in Gatlinburg Nov. 10.

The membership of the TAEA includes elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers, representatives from Tennessee’s major art museums, the State Department of Education, arts councils and major colleges and universities throughout the state of Tennessee.


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