Star City High School art teacher awarded grant

Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been awarded a 2013 Target Field Trip Grant, designed to help bring learning to life for students.

High received a $700 Target Field Trip Grant that will fund expenses for an upcoming educational field trip for Star City High School students to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville as part of an educational field trip involving art and United States history.

The objective of this field trip will be to provide students with the opportunity to view original works of art from some of the most influential artists in history and help students to understand interdisciplinary connections between art and American history.

“I am honored to have been awarded the Target Field Trip Grant,” High said. “The grant will provide a very valuable educational experience for my students that would not be possible in a traditional classroom environment.”

During their field trip to Crystal Bridges, students will view artwork created by American artists from the Colonial era to contemporary work. Prior to the field trip, the students will have studied many of the artists represented in the museum as well as major art movements in class. Students have also created original artwork inspired by the artists and art movements studied using a variety of media and processes

“This grant will provide my students the opportunity to visit one of the most prestigious art museums in the country in order to view works of art created from some of the most prominent artists in American history,” he said.

This is the third time that High has been awarded a Target Field Trip Grant. He previously received the grant twice when he served as the art teacher for Dermott Elementary School.

High was selected from more than 25,000 applicants from around the country to be among the 5,000 teachers to receive a Target Field Trip Grant to help continue the learning experiences students gain from field trips.

High entered the teaching profession in 2005. Since then he has been awarded approximately $15,000 in grant money for educational programs and has implemented more than 32 educational field trips for his students.