Sunday, September 17, 2017

Art Educator Spotlight - Jennifer Hurrle - Monday, September 18, 2017

I'd like to introduce you to Jennifer Hurrle!

Jennifer teaches art at Newaygo Middle School and High School. She has been teaching for eighteen years. Her favorite thing about teaching art are the new discoveries. A highlight of her teaching career to date was when Jennifer was chosen as the 2013 Michigan Art Education Association Art Teacher of the Year and the Middle School Art Teacher of the Year. She has also been recognized by her school board for many achievements. 


Jennifer and her high school students collaborated with the 2nd graders from Velma Matson Upper Elementary to create an artwork that will soon be installed at the Newaygo Public Library. The students created ceramic tiles with texture and lines similar to zentangles with a heart on them. The heart represents the student's pride for their school. Afterward the high school students glazed the tiles and put crushed glass from the local recycling center around the tiles. The tiles will be combined into a mural that conveys the spirit of their school district.

She's extremely active with her students organizing many art events and projects around her school district and throughout her community. Some of Jennifer's most memorable moments in her career so far were the Monster Project, the mural collaboration, and the fundraiser they do for the animal shelter each year called Pet Portrait Palooza.

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