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Shayna Snider, Hume Fogg Art Educator, likes to “present [her] students with a challenge, encourage them to discover their own solutions, and nudge them to realize their unique creative superpowers.” This month we present four of her visual art students, each with their own creative vision.

AIDAN SULLIVAN “I’ve always been recognized as being a good artist by my peers. I remember back in elementary school some friends and I tried to start a comics business even though none of us could draw shoulders very well. I can’t remember a time that I did not love to draw,” enthused Aidan Sullivan.

and how he could use just a few lines to get across this wide variation of emotions. I try to work like that sometimes.” So far, Aidan has applied to UT Chattanooga and Mercer. He plans to study art and envisions becoming an educator.

He usually works in pen and ink or watercolor, but he enjoys experimenting as well. Recently he tried encaustic and was intrigued with the interaction of the wax with his pen-and-ink drawings. Next he wants to try screen printing and has an idea to employ the Hatch Show Print style. No matter the medium, Aidan loves to tell stories through his art. “Most of my pieces have stories behind them. In my concentration all of the pieces were telling a cohesive narrative. A piece I just did was a photo album for a family of supernatural beings. I told the family story and portrayed the family dynamic through lots of different pictures in the one piece.”


Comic artists, noir films, and mysteries inspire Aidan’s work. “I really like some of the old comics like Schulz’s Peanuts. I like the minimalist drawing

Aidan Sullivan, Dance with Death, 2014, Acrylic, pen and ink on board, 4” x 8”

Margaret Jane Joffrion is currently assembling a 3D design portfolio involving hair and hair-like fibers. She cites Méret Elisabeth Oppenheim’s famous work Object (Le Dejeuner en fourrure) as inspiration. She talked about how she got to this place in her artistic journey. “I went to Governor’s School and I had access to a metal shop, so I got to work with metal and discovered I like doing sculpture. I also had a contemporary art course that introduced me to art being made now, so I was exposed to conceptual art I’d never seen before.” Lady Cube began as an assignment. Margaret Margaret Jane Joffrion, Lady Cube, 2015, Steel pencil rod and Jane learned how to cut and weld pencil rod hair, 10” x 10” x 10” and then had to make a cube. “The assignment was really about teaching us how to do various metal shop techniques. I feminized it and made it organic by wrapping it in hair. The cube is a manly and blocky shape, so adding the curve and hair made it feminine. It speaks to organic and feminine being somewhat synonymous.” Margaret Jane frequents 5th Avenue of the Arts and attends art crawls to experience contemporary art and to explore new ways to express her creativity. While she is very eager to try new concepts, she doesn’t like to leave any work unfinished. “I keep my pieces in my room. I live with them and go back and work on them if needed.” Margaret Jane plans to attend Bard College next fall.

Profile for Nashville Arts Magazine

Nashville Arts December 2015  

Cover art by Julia Martin, Una Featuring James Threalkill, Adia Victoria, Ben Folds, Kelly Harwood, William Buffet, Michelangelo and more

Nashville Arts December 2015  

Cover art by Julia Martin, Una Featuring James Threalkill, Adia Victoria, Ben Folds, Kelly Harwood, William Buffet, Michelangelo and more