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Instructor Melissa Taylor hosts several classes a day — Art I, a section of Advanced Art, and dual-credit Art Appreciation.

The Art Center is an unusual setting on the GHS campus. A refurbished house behind the bus depot and tennis courts, students are able to get away from their high school routine to concentrate on their artwork. 

Recycled old doors from the house make corner display shelves as well as retractable easels that fold against the wall when students aren’t working. Drawing tables — also made out of recycled materials — are fixed with LED light boxes that illuminate the surface and come in handy for tracing and drawing. The space has gallery-style track lighting for displaying artwork on the walls, as well as a bathroom, kitchen and storage space for art supplies. 

Despite its previous incarnation as a home, the space still functions well as a classroom. The hallway is opened so that Mrs. Taylor can see the students in all three studios. A back porch looks onto a wide, fenced-in yard with two towering shade trees, where students can work on stained glass designs as well as sculptures.