He’ll focus on calligrams with art and English students from Dec. 3-11

    Local artist Trey Everett will be serving as the “Artist in Residence” at Crookston High School Dec. 3-11, working with several students and teachers in multiple disciplines.

    Everett tells the Times he’ll be working with art teachers Gary Stegman and Sue Dufault and their students, as well as a trio of English teachers, Jen Solie, Kristen Alston and Katelynn Stegman.

    The effort will conclude with an exhibit on the evening of Dec. 11 (more details forthcoming) showcasing what the students worked on, Everett said.

    Everett’s work with the classes is being funded through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

    Everett is known for his “calligram” art work. Basically, it involves drawings and illustrations that are made up of written words. Everett said typography is similar to calligrams.

    Everett will be working with Stegman’s two drawing classes, his painting class and ninth grade art class. He’ll also work with Dufault’s seventh and eighth-grade art classes. Each student will learn about calligrams and then design and create their own. Everett says he will supply paper and special drawing pens for the students to use. “They will be working on how to design a calligram, shading, flow of the image, lettering, and creativity in learning how to fit works and phrases into the image,” Everett explained.

    In consulting with Stegman, Everett said that’s where the opportunity to make his residency stint a multi-disciplinary effort arose. Everett will work with Solie’s College in the High School English class, Alston’s AP (Advance Placement) literature class, and Stegman’s creative writing class. Students in those classes will be embarking on a group project that will coincide with the topic they are discussing and/or reading in class. “Each class will have one large image that students will fill in with words and phrases that they come up with,” Everett explained. College English’s theme is George Orwell’s book 1984, AP lit’s theme is “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the creative writing students will create some sort of image having to do with creativity and open thinking, etc., he added. “The paper for these three larger English class images will be made up of their own journal entries that I have collected and put together to form the backdrop,” Everett noted.

    The exhibit showcased on Dec. 11 will feature the three large class images and approximately 120 individual calligrams.