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Pet Portraits Feature Local Shelter Animals
Pet Portraits Feature Local Shelter Animals
Posted on 01/20/2022
A small paw print can leave a lasting impression in our hearts. Seventh grade students at Valley Springs Middle School know how important it is for shelter animals to find a forever home. Students in Ms. Angela Cloud’s visual art class created portraits of animals at the Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf, and Blue Ridge Humane Society. By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

A small paw print can leave a lasting impression in our hearts. Seventh grade students at Valley Springs Middle School know how important it is for shelter animals to find a forever home. Students in Ms. Angela Cloud’s visual art class created portraits of animals at the Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf, and Blue Ridge Humane Society.

“I think this is a project that every student can be successful in, and they always turn out amazing,” said Ms. Cloud. “A lot of that has to do with the creation process.”

Ms. Cloud created this lesson during the Summer of 2020. She was tasked with creating a new way for students to learn art virtually.

“I was asked to help create a virtual learning visual art curriculum for the county,” she explained. “I had already developed a Google Drawing self-portrait for eighthgrade from lessons I had seen other teachers do on Facebook. I wanted to create a similar digital lesson for seventh grade.”

From there the idea of creating artwork filled with lines and colors was born.

“I thought students could draw their own pets or choose a shelter animal,” Ms. Cloud said. “If they chose a shelter animal, it would be service-learning and apply to their social-emotional needs. I searched for Chrome Canvas tutorials and couldn't find any for pet portraits, so I created my own!”

Once students complete their pet portraits, Ms. Cloud emails the artwork to the shelters where the animals are located. In the end, she and her students hope this will help many four-legged friends find a “fur-ever” home.

“I don't know if the animals were specifically adopted because of the digital paintings, but I would like to think so,” Ms. Cloud stated. “I definitely know one dog from the Asheville Humane Society that got adopted. A few of our students made portraits of a dog named Santiago. In Summer, 2021, he got adopted!”

A small paw print can leave a lasting impression in our hearts. Seventh grade students at Valley Springs Middle School know how important it is for shelter animals to find a forever home. Students in Ms. Angela Cloud’s visual art class created portraits of animals at the Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf, and Blue Ridge Humane Society.

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