BCMS Art Teacher Donates Art to the Tennessee Arts Academy
Briarcrest Middle School Art Teacher, Melody Weintraub was recently selected to design artwork on a guitar that was donated to The Tennessee Arts Academy (TAA) Auction. The guitar sold for $500 and was the guitar with the highest bid at the auction.
The theme of Mrs. Weintraub’s guitar was, “Tennessee Sounds.” It depicted caricatures of famous musicians who were either born from or found their fame in Tennessee. A 45-vinyl recording of, “The Tennessee Waltz,” by Sam Cooke was placed over the sound hole of the guitar. Under the removable record, songs about places in Tennessee were written. The guitar also included a Tennessee iris that was painted on the head of the guitar. The back of the guitar included carved wings that reflected the color of the iris and represented musical artists from Tennessee who have passed away, but whose music remains. Around the strap knob, Mrs. Weintraub engraved Tennessee wild dogwood blossoms and the words, “Tennessee Arts Academy, 2019.”
Tennessee Arts Academy provides professional development and arts training for teachers every summer at Belmont University in Nashville. Participants are exposed to a variety of the fine arts including: visual art, music, drama and dance as well as performances and lectures from national and world-renowned celebrities, authors and artists. “We were delighted that Melody’s guitar generated so much enthusiasm for TAA Auction,” says TAA Visual Art Director, Libby Lynch.
“I loved being selected to design a guitar for TAA this year,” says Mrs. Weintraub, “And as Tennessee Art Education Association President-Elect, knowing that proceeds like this from my art will benefit teachers brings me so much joy!” Mrs. Weintraub was able to share her artwork in progress with students in her middle school art classes. “I really think it’s good when students are able to see not only that I’m a working professional artist, but also to see the joy I have in sharing my talents for the benefit of others.” To learn more about Mrs. Weintraub’s process, visit her blog at www.melodyweintraub.com.