Ross Hines is originally from Oklahoma, but made the move down to Texas after finishing college. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art with a minor in Art History from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Art Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Ross has spent nearly six years at the Hebron High School complex in the Lewisville Independent School District, with two years at the main campus and the last four at the new 9th Grade Campus which he helped open.
We asked Ross his thoughts on engaging student artists and what helps him to be successful in the classroom. He responded with the following:
“I try to make my instruction as personal as possible. While you can address your class as a whole, explain assignments to groups of twenty-nine to thirty-three, and ask for volunteers for contests, you get a better response when you ask the individual. You can explain why they might be perfect for a particular contest or you can get into a discussion about the student’s style and how they can solve the current project’s parameters and keep their voice. While I stress the basics of representational realism, I love when my students are able to speak through their art. We work through issues that arise such as composition, color usage, or accurate depiction. All of these skills will serve them as they proceed through high school art and in the case of a few, art schools around the nation. I’ve been blessed to teach some amazing talent in my years with Hebron and feel honored to be apart of my students lives, helping them along the way.”
Ross has had over 130 student art pieces published in our national anthologies since the Spring 2011 contest. Even more impressively, he has had 16 Top Ten Winners since that time. This is a phenomenal number, and one of the highest of any school that has participated in our contest. This speaks volumes about the quality of his program and the work he does to inspire student artists.
To learn more about our national art contests, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.