Art teachers across the Sherman Independent School District had a chance to show off their own talents at a recent gallery event before the board of trustees meeting.

Several art teachers had dozens of pieces on display at the in Sherman ISD Administration Building lobby to demonstrate to students how art teachers are also artists themselves. There was also a reception honoring the teachers with some Sherman High School Symphony students playing classical music. Art teacher Jen Foshee had two pieces on display.

“It is a way for us to show the community as an art teacher we are creative ourselves,” Foshee said. “We are not just teaching our students to create, we are creators also. It helps the students see their teachers are also artists, we’re teaching them what we are.”

She said the exhibit was to showcase the talents of the teachers as well as to get the students excited for Youth Art Month.

Foshee said she loves to teach painting and 3D art, including sculpting. Her favorite thing about teaching is giving students creative problem solving skills. She also gets excited to see a student become enthusiastic about art while learning to appreciate it.

High School art teacher Sherry Young agreed it is important for students to see art teachers as artists.

“It is our passion,” Young said. “This is why we do what we do. We want to instill this into young people, how our love of art motivates what we do.”

Young said she likes doing pet portraits and had one of her own dogs on display. She said it is also important to let the students see how each teacher has their own unique style. She said her goal is to help a student find the same joy she has for art.

The Sherman ISD school board recognized the faculty art teachers during its meeting after the reception.

Young said that recognition is important to the teachers because it reminds them the arts are just as important as other academic programs.

“It is very important for our kids to know that,” Young said. “We have some kids that don’t really excel in the core classes, but they do excel in the arts. This shows them they are just as important.