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Bulldogs welcome back aspiring artist

Jordan Tacker posing in front of her final project at Oxbow School.

Jordan Tacker posing in front of her final project at Oxbow School.

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Jordan Tacker posing in front of her final project at Oxbow School.

Cora Adams, Memorial Staff Writer

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Senior Jordan Tacker’s ‘sensory overload’ style of artwork is so unique that it gave her an opportunity to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

For the first semester of the 17-18 school year, Tacker studied at The Oxbow School in Napa, Calif. Oxbow is said to be one of the best art programs for high school students in the U.S., giving students the quality education they need and the art curriculum they want, and Jordan agrees.

“Oxbow was a crazy experience. It helped me get out of my comfort zone and become a more experimental artist,” Tacker said.

While taking courses at Oxbow, Tacker made memories in and out of schooling that were “insane and amazing” as she put it.

“My friends and I were working away in the painting studio on our final projects when someone brought in a speaker and we started blasting Christmas music and had a dance party instead of finishing our artworks. I was also able to go on a surfing trip while we drove down the coast. We camped out under the stars in a Red Wood Forest along the way. We woke up and it was pouring rain and all of our stuff was soaked, which was horrible at the moment, but is hilarious now,” Tacker said.

Jordan is happy to be back home, but it seems that she already misses her exciting adventure on the coast.

“I was excited to see my friends and teachers back at Memorial but I already miss working in the art studios and having class outside at Oxbow,” Tacker said.

This experience has helped her decide what she wants to do after graduation.

“My plan after Memorial is to attend art school on one of the coasts but I’m still unsure which school yet. I will be majoring in Illustration and/or Fine Arts.”

It seems the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning for Tacker. Even so, the students at Memorial welcome her back with open arms.

Contact Cora Adams at [email protected]



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