The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost has provided inspiration and motivation for Wilkinson County School District teacher Robert Ward for years.
An educator for more than 43 years, Ward works as the lead teacher at Wilkinson County Elementary School and previously taught at West Feliciana High School, where he spent 32 years in the West Feliciana school system.
Ward sought help recently in creating a piece of artwork that would inspire his young students in Woodville, Mississippi, as well as motivate them to make good decisions in life.
West Feliciana High School’s Arron White, an art student skilled in portrait work and illustration, stepped up to help make Ward’s ideas a reality by creating a visual interpretation of Frost’s poem.
“Arron focused on creating a something younger students can relate to visually, and hopefully, see the importance of making healthy decisions,” West Feliciana digital arts media teacher Killian Williams-Morantine said.
The work needed to be large, colorful and iconic for the Wilkinson County youth, so Arron first drafted the piece by hand followed by using new techniques he learned in the digital arts class.
“He enhanced what he created traditionally and sent the work to a professional printer where it was made larger than life at an amazing 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide,” Williams-Morantine said. “He delivered a stunning piece of artwork for his client.”
Both Ward and Wilkinson County Elementary Principal Regina McCoy said they are pleased with Arron’s work.
“I enjoyed creating this piece and look forward to doing more commissions, especially portraits,” Arron said. “I hope to bring a colorful mural to the walls of West Feliciana High before I graduate.”