As Palo Duro High School
sophomore Linh Vo will tell you, painting teacher Rebecca Chandler has taught
her a lot about art – and so much more.
Ms. Chandler is a big part of the reason why her art skills have grown
exceedingly this year.“Last year, as a freshman, I was not very serious about
art,” says Linh. “I knew how to draw simple drawings and shade. I knew how to
symbolize my art, but I never felt the need to create more and more art.”
Linh admits that she never knew what painting was, or the many forms it
entailed, until she joined Ms. Chandler’s class. Eventually Ms. Chandler
introduced her to watercolor, which has turned out to be her favorite medium so
far. Linh credits Ms. Chandler with recognizing her potential as an artist by
allowing her to independently assign herself projects. “That freedom gave me
space to learn, to wander around, to make mistakes, and improve,” says Linh.
“From the first landscape to the second to the third, the differences are very
Ms. Chandler also encouraged Linh when she was encountering challenges.
Recently, Linh has been preparing for the VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event)
art show; she recalls becoming angry while gridding her landscape because the
picture and the paper did not align proportionally. Knowing that Linh is a
self-described perfectionist, Ms. Chandler calmed Linh down, explaining, “Art
does not have to be perfect.” Also knowing that Linh enjoys reading, Ms.
Chandler further explained: “If every book had the same plot and formula, would
reading still be fun? No, it wouldn’t. That’s why you need a variety of
everything. It doesn’t have to be exactly this way, or that way. And that's
To show appreciation for everything she had done for her, Linh created a
portrait of Ms. Chandler: “As Ms. Chandler told me, ‘Free your creativity, let
it flow.’” #IAmTXEd Amarillo ISD Palo
Duro High School