The School Zone: News


What do the town of Stawell in the Victoria state of Australia and Spring Woods High School in Houston, Texas have in common? 

Under the guidance of art teacher Rebekah Tee, a group of 12 art students at Spring Woods High School recently participated in the Stawell International Lockdown Festival of Street Art, organized by Chalk Circle Australia and UrbanCanvas England. 

Stawell, a town of 6,000 people, is also the home of Australia’s most well-known street painter, Peter Voice.

The SWHS group was the only school group in the US represented in the international festival, which was organized to unite the world through art during this extraordinary time.

Since the more than 100 participating artists from 10 countries were not able to travel to Stawell for an in-person street art festival, chalk drawings were created between September 1-6 on home driveways, sidewalks and patios--and in classrooms on paper. 

"I told the our students to work on a design in class and many worked on it during the week of the festival," said Tee. "They took still shots of their progress and some added time lapse videos." 



Photography of the artworks submitted to the festival organizers was shared via Facebook and You Tube. The students’ contributions were featured in a You Tube video produced by UrbanCanvas, and in a British publication, Revive & Thrive Magazine.

See more of the students' work here.

A proposal for Spring Woods High School to host the next International Lockdown Festival is in the works, perhaps with a space theme! 

Congratulations to the internationally recognized artists from SWHS.