LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -
Things certainly were unique in the art room at Lufkin High School on Wednesday as students painted on a most unusual canvas, car doors.
"In 1975, BMW paid artist Alexander Caller to paint one of their race cars and I've always wanted to do that project," said LHS Fine Arts Department Head Harlan Neal. "I knew we had to make it smaller.
A parent donated six car doors to the class.
After looking at examples of BMW and Sharpie art cars, the students were excited and intrigued by the challenge
"I never painted a car door so it was kind of surprising," said LHS student Ross Wilson.
"I thought it was really cool, it was different," said LHS student Suzanna Del Toro. "Painting on paper and painting on a car door is two different things."
Neal tied the project back to subjects the class has already learned.
"I gave them a group of themes and they had to take two themes from the list and combine them to do the project," Neal explained.
One group used zentag angles to create their Superhero Comic strip, while another combined linear structure and galaxy themes to make a solar system design.
"We're creating a masterpiece, that's what we're creating," Wilson said.
However, the project didn't just serve as a way to get the creative juices flowing, it was also a way for students to learn how to work in a group.
"It's a challenge because we have different ideas and we all paint differently but so far we're doing really great," Wilson said. "I think we're learning from each other."
That reaction is exactly what Neal was aiming for when he assigned the project.
"I can't say enough with how well they've done," Neal said.
Once the car doors are finished, they will be put on display t the LHS library for everyone to admire.