Chattanooga artist Charlie Newton spent three days at Bright, teaching different techniques to grades 1-5. Mostly though, he showed students how to find their own voice and be creative in their own ways.

Mr. Newton and his wife teach free art classes to at-risk children in Chattanooga at their school called Splash. Mr. Newton's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe. His work often includes symbolism related to the African American experience and evokes African heritage.

Mr. Newton's visit was made possible in part through a grant from ArtsBuild.