The art students disliked the work, but they like the result: a calendar full of their drawings, on sale starting this week.
Members of the Smith-Cotton High School art club and the portfolio art class drew architectural renderings of buildings in Sedalia. The large drawings were collected, copied, and bound into the calendar, which is being sold to raise money for a scholarship and improvements to the art program.
Junior Felicia Brainard, 17, said she was originally daunted by the detail required for the project, but “it was worth it when it was done.”
Brainard’s rendering of the Wheel Inn Drive-In appears on the calendar cover. The first calendar is dedicated to the Wheel Inn and its signature dish, the guberburger.
Brainard and Melissa Poort, also a senior, traded drawings at one point.
“I hate doing bricks,” said Brainard.
“And I hate bushes,” said Poort, who drew a rendering of the First Slavic Pentecostal Church.
“So we switched and helped each other out,” said Brainard.
The idea for the calendar came from art teacher Michael Shukers.
“As far as I know, this is something that’s never really been done before, and it’s to kind of get the public involved in the creative side of high school,” he said.
The students started the drawings at the beginning of the year, when they chose from photos of buildings around the city. The students worked on the 20-inch-by-30-inch graphite drawings for weeks. The project was not popular among his students, Shukers said.
“It was an obnoxious project,” said senior Alyssa Goriesky, 17, who did a rendering of her home, which appears on the December page. The project took a long time, she said.
Senior Lizzy Clements, also 17, said she did not enjoy doing the project, but is happy with the finished product.
“Well, they had to be good to be in this class, (but) I didn’t know we had such talented artists,” Clements said.
The calendars went on sale Tuesday, and sold out the first run of 100 copies by the end of the day. They cost $7 each, and may be purchased at the school, at the district office, at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, at Russell Stover Candies, at the Katy Depot, in the State Fair Community College book store, and at the Wheel Inn Drive-In.