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Scottish native draws on student’s talents for art

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FERRIS - This year at Ferris High School, the new art teacher is giving students a brush of competition, inspiration, innovation — and Scotland.

Steve Hunter, a Scotland native, is the new art teacher for the high school.

So far this school year, his students have competed online for awards, sold their artwork and learned that they can be successful if they work hard.

"I think that if you have faith in them and a determination not to give up, the kids will always succeed," said Hunter.

The students are succeeding.

Hunter posts all of his students’ artwork on Artsoni a.com.

Visitors can vote on their favorite artwork each week, and the winner receives a $50 art certificate and award plaque.

For the week of Sept. 26, senior Cesar Vasquez won this award for the Grades 10-12 category with 756 votes.

"I was glad I got it. It inspired me to become an artist and think about college," said Vasquez.

"Mr. Hunter is a great teacher."

Hunter hopes other students will realize that success in art can be the key to their futures.

"I want to push these kids toward college instead of them just passing through here," said Hunter.

"I want them to see that they can have a genuine career in art to get them into higher education."

To push students, Hunter has created an Art Club for those seriously considering art at the college level.

Between regular classes and the club, he hopes to help all students find a place to excel.

"A great artist just needs a push in the right direction," said Hunter.

"Ferris may have some of the world’s greatest photographers. But we will only find out when we give that student access to a camera, or whatever medium that student could excel at."

Hunter enjoys teaching in Ferris and looks forward to helping students find their strengths while moving the art program forward.

"I love it; it’s great. These kids are awesome and I am really excited to be here and build the department into a state-of-the-art center," said Hunter.

Hunter studied art in Glasgow, Scotland, and then managed a successful mural business in Europe and the U.S. for several years.

He came to Texas after receiving several commissions and then a job offer to teach art in Oak Cliff.

Hunter worked in Oak Cliff as an art teacher for five years. While there he met his wife, Mischelle, who is also an art teacher.


To visit the Ferris High School Artsonia Web page and vote on your favorite Ferris artists, go to www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=37384.

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