Valley Art teacher inspires students with Valley Metro contest


TEMPE, AZ — Of all the entries for Valley Metro’s “Design a Transit Wrap” contest, one visual arts teacher from Tempe has had great success with several of her students who have entered the contest over the years.

Regan Guzman, a visual arts teacher at Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, said at least six of her art students have entered the “Design a Transit Wrap” competition since 2016.

Three of his students have won first place under his guidance, which means the winning student’s design is packed into a Valley Metro bus for a full year. The high school student also wins a cash prize.

Guzman says she gives her students time in class and asks students to treat the assignment as if they were a paid artist.

“I want my students to understand that if you want to get your art out there in the job market, you have to figure out what do I need to start doing? »

Being an art teacher at Marcos De Niza High School is coming full circle for her. Tempe High School is his Alma Mater.

She says she “lived” in her art class when she was a student there. Her art teacher encouraged her to take on leadership roles and participate in competitions which led to validation through awards and boosted her confidence in the belief that being an artist can be a career.

“When they win a competition like that, it’s like, ‘my art can be so much more. It doesn’t have to be just in the classroom,’” Guzman said.

She is now paying for that lesson, in part, with the Valley Metro contest.

Paintings, digital prints and photographs are accepted.

Student submissions are also welcome to serve as editors.

“As students, we need to come up with a slogan for why transit matters,” said Madeline Phipps of Valley Metro.

The contest deadline is Friday, February 11 at 5 p.m.


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