Agape Art Academy Student Wins Tennessee’s Best Of Show

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All of the Agape Art Academy students, about 50 per year (not including adults), participate in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest, regardless of their beginner or advanced status.  The contest is designed for school-aged children, K-12, to promote conservation.  

Students choose a species of duck and study it, as well as its habitat. They then create a realistic drawing based on their knowledge. The Best of Show recipient across the nation wins $5,000, and their drawing is made into $5 postage stamp.  

This year, 14-year-old McKenzie Covrig from Georgetown, Tn., a four year student with Agape Art Academy, won Best of Show in Tennessee with her watercolor of a pair of green winged teals.  Along with the honor of winning, she received a $1,500 scholarship, and her drawing will be made into a Tennessee wildlife stamp. She was honored at the annual award ceremony in Nashville. There are 100 awards given away in each state, with 23 percent of Tennessee’s award going to Agape students this year.

The realism displayed in the duck stamp contest is an example of Agape Art Academy’s approach to art.  Agape is a Christian based, eight-year academy that focuses on that realistic approach to drawing and painting. Students are taught to carefully observe God’s creation. They are then taught many skills in the different disciplines of drawing and painting, in order to recreate the beauty of God’s creation. A classical, structured, disciplined approach is used with each lesson building upon the next.

Every year that Agape has entered they have won 20 to 25 percent of the awards in Tennessee.  In the last 10 years, they have won five Best of Show awards, four in Tennessee and one in Georgia.  Students who take art with Agape often win when they enter their “Agape” artwork in the other school contests as well.

The success rate is amazing, but it would be nothing if the students were not enjoying themselves. Children want to come back year after year, and parents are very satisfied with the lessons, said officials.

People often ask “Are all your students naturally talented?” The answer is no. When students are taught the principles of drawing with a structured, disciplined, classical method, all students learn to draw, whether a child or an adult. 

The core curriculum, the eight year program is taught to children ages 10-19. Pre-Basic classes are also offered for children 6-9 years old. Classes are available for homeschoolers and public school children.  Adults can take eight weeks of class or can also continue for five years. Many adults continue for several years.

Agape Art Academy will be a vendor at the 2014 Education Expo and Home School Curriculum Fair held at Camp Jordan, July 18 and 19 at Camp Jordan.

School year classes begin in the week of Aug. 11.  Agape’s classes are held at local Hobby Lobbies in Chattanooga, Hixson and Cleveland. 

For more information, contact Karen Barton at 877-AGAPE (2427) or agapeartacademy@yahoo.com.



Hamilton County Residents Graduate With Honors From MTSU

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sat down with several students, including three Hamilton County residents, to discuss their plans after their Dec. 13 graduation with honors from the university. Carly Duffy and Jalisa Jones, both of Chattanooga, and Kaitlin Pitre of Soddy-Daisy were three of the students recognized at commencement as cum laude (with honors), magna cum laude ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Introduces New Scholarship Program

Cleveland State Community College is proud to support Governor Haslam and the Tennessee State Legislature who have made higher education a top priority in our state. That is why CSCC is offering a new scholarship program to provide even greater value to the Tennessee Promise program.          “From the day Tennessee Promise was approved by the State ... (click for more)

Investor Group Plans $31 Million Hotel In Chattanooga Bank Building

An investor group announced that it is planning the development of an upscale 150-room hotel in the historic Chattanooga Bank Building. MCA is comprised of 20 EB-5 investors as limited partners with Red Leaf Development, managed by David Roos, as the general partner. Long-time partner PHG is involved in the development of the hotel and will be responsible for its management ... (click for more)

Police Say Texts From Slain Minister Detailed Drug Deals

An investigator testified Thursday that a minister who was beaten to death during an apparent drug deal had texts on his phone dealing with similar exchanges of illegal drugs. The minister's wife said he had gone out that night as part of a church counseling program to women. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound charges of felony murder and especially aggravated ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: God Bless Cathy & Co.

The secret to the whole thing is not getting caught but somebody at the Toys R Us store in Framingham, Mass., had a camera when Cathy O’Grady was very quietly paying off all the layaway balances at the popular location last week. The picture snaked its way onto social media sites and her friends quickly recognized the area’s most famous “layaway angel.” Then somebody in nearby ... (click for more)