Murphy joins Galileo as new art teacher

New Art Teacher at Galileo Ashley Murphy grades a piece by one of her fourth period students Feb. 8.

New Art Teacher at Galileo Ashley Murphy grades a piece by one of her fourth period students Feb. 8.

Karen Delgado, Staff Writer

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Danville Native Ashley Murphy has been added to the faculty for the 2016 spring semester as Principal Jay Lancaster has hopes of establishing a permanent hands-on art class at Galileo.

“The arts help round our students out,” Lancaster said. “There is a major focus on math and science, but there is still a design element to everything so I think it is a true benefit to our students.”

Murphy is a newlywed and recent college graduate, finishing her degree from Averett University in May of 2015 with a major in art with a teaching certificate. Prior to this year, she was an art teacher at J.M. Langston Focus School for the fall 2015 semester.

“I like the classes here because they are bigger and I am used to only having about five or six students,” Murphy said. “The students have been respectful and that the teachers here are welcoming and willing to help you out and be your friend.”

Murphy teaches foundations of art 1, a basic introductory course open to all students. The objective of the class is to give students a general knowledge of the breadth of art and to increase their cultural awareness.

“I try to teach young people to be creative and think outside the box by having students do different things,” Murphy said. “Students want to do everything perfectly since that is what they are used to in other classes, but I want them to mess up so they can learn from their mistakes and become better art students.”

Murphy hopes to remain part of the Galileo staff and to create an art program to add more art-involved classes, such as ceramics, art history, and arts and crafts.

“I would like for everyone to have a more well-rounded art education,” Murphy said. “ I want to give students options because everyone is different and a student may not be so good at drawing, but could still make a beautiful pottery piece.”

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