SHS Art – Creating the next generation of artists


Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (December 15, 2015) – One of Stephenville High School’s most successful programs hides itself in the back of the building, behind easels and sketching supplies.

The SHS Art Program, taught by Emily McLemore, has been gaining traction in state and national competitions and creating opportunities for many young, local budding artists.

Currently, every single art class is maxed out with a total of 150 students in the program. The classes are divided into Art 1, pre-AP Art 2, pre-AP Art 3 and AP Studio Art. In AP Studio Art, students are expected to complete at least one AP portfolio.

“We are very proud,” McLemore said. “Of the AP students who submitted a portfolio, 100-percent passed last year, which means they will be receiving college credit for their work.”

According to McLemore, on average, half of the students that take SHS’s AP Studio Art class go on to have a career in an art-related field.

Students from all the art classes compete in art competitions, including the VASE state contest, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Congressional contest and the Fort Worth Stock Show contest. This year 150 pieces were submitted by 32 students to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a competition in which SHS has students advance to the regional level every year.

In order to support the art program, SHS has a Visual Arts Booster Club. Contact McLemore at or through the SHS Art Facebook page – which also has more student art photos – for how to join.

Allison Balder Art 2 Calli Schmutz Ceramics Elizabeth Afeman Fort Worth Stock Show drawing giraffe pastel on fabric Hannah Lindsey Hannah Rivera Acrylic Shelby Sult 2 Shelby Sult

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