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Taylor Williams Jon Jee Apprentice It all started

Published: December 4, 2010 11:02 PM

Taylor WilliamsJon Jee ApprenticeIt all started with paper action figures. Eric Turner has always held a love for the arts. "It grew because my parents wouldn't buy me the villains for my action figures," Turner said as he explained his process of making paper action figures. "Eventually I ran out of villains and began to make my own."As his love for creating art grew, Turner became more involved with art in the community, but it wasn't until he led a group of kids in a mural project that he knew he wanted to become a teacher.His grandparents were teachers and his father dabbles in photography so with a background of teaching and art, Turner started at Ohio University, but later transferred to Muskingum University.Turner is currently working as a student teacher with art teacher Amy Kennedy, where he has begun to make lesson plans and is currently holding a design contest for his clipboard with the Art IV students. The designs must include his favorite colors (olive green and gray) and also some of his favorite things (graphic novels, hieroglyphics and super heroes).He also has the Art II students making their own children's books. He thought of the idea because he has written a children's book called, "Who is Harold," which is about a bowling pin who doesn't know who or what he is.Although Turner says he doesn't quite remember what inspired him to write about a bowling pin, he remembers the book was an assignment. He hopes to someday further his career by publishing it. "If I could get published for real, that would be awesome, maybe for a career after or while I'm teaching," he said.He later thinks he would like to write a more educational book for grades K-3 about art, that could later be turned into a website with teaching tools and maybe an animated show.Although he feels he has a better connection with younger children he thinks, "It will be hard to leave some kids [at JGHS] because of the ties made with them."But just because he is going to teach younger students doesn't mean he isn't enjoying his time here. "I love teaching here and would like to stay in this area, but I have to go where the jobs take me," Turner said.He still dabbles in art and hopes to soon finish his series about death in everyday life. He also is a member of ZAAP, which is a local art organization, and he helps with his church's local youth group in the Zanesville area where he grew up.Turner is already taking the art room by storm, from writing lesson plans, to teaching about writing a children's book, or planning a project about a personal hero. He is widely accepted by the students and they enjoy having him around, often asking for his opinion. "He gives us a fresher viewpoint because he has recently been a college art student and knows what it takes to make it that far," said Art IV student Kelsey Henceroth.While observing him, Kennedy remarked at how he has quickly taken to the career. "He is going to make a great teacher," Kennedy said.

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