November 24, 2013
Kacie-Linn Engle is an art teacher in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County community and provides an after school art class for children in elementary school.
Normally after her students complete their artwork, they can hang them up or take them home, but one afternoon Engle received a message that changed the way her student's art was displayed.
“I got an email on a random Friday afternoon from the set director of Glee,” says Engle. “He said ‘Can I rent your paper mache masks that we saw on your website?’ He wanted me to send as many masks as I could and clay objects that the kids had made overnight to Hollywood. “
She sent a dozen paper mache masks made by her students to the set of Glee, a popular musical/comedy television show on Fox.
“They're beautiful and they always turn out really great,” says Engle.
She explained that her students cut gallon milk jugs in half as a base for the mask before applying the paper mache and paint.
The students whose masks are being used on Glee are now in eighth and ninth grade. They were in elementary school when they were first created.
“So the fun thing for me is that the girls are actually old enough to watch Glee and so it's fun for them that all of their stuff is going to be on TV,” says Engle.
She has been teaching the after school art class for 11 years and enjoys seeing the work that her students create.
“Kids love coming to art, I love teaching it and it's just a really win, win thing,” Engle explains. “So having the people from Glee call was just one of those bonus things that you say, 'Wow, this is really what I'm supposed to be doing and I am in the right place.'"
The Glee episode featuring work from Engle’s students airs Nov. 28, Thanksgiving night.
For more information on Engle’s art school click on the link to her website.