Graham Toms Shares With Seniors


Graham Toms demonstrates his drawing technique at Sprague High School on Monday, April 18, 2016. Toms will be teaching 3D digital art and video productions at the Career and Technical Education Center in Salem beginning this fall.

A fantastical creature — part horse and part bull, with some giraffe — sprang into existence Monday afternoon before about 200 Sprague High School seniors in the nearly pitch-black Pantheon Auditorium.

Artist Graham Toms spoke to the students almost casually as he sketched the scene on paper with ease, his images projected onto a large screen.

With each stroke of charcoal, the creature — which Toms said he "Frankensteined" from his imagination — came to life, with five or so faceless people riding on or walking near the large animal.

Toms was there in part to speak to the students for their career fair, but also to demonstrate the work he will be teaching when he joins the Career and Technical Center staff in the fall.

He is one of the seven new teachers who will start at the center next semester.

"Art has provided me with a vehicle for my ideas ... and helped me realize my capacity to share with the world," he said.

Toms, 50, will be moving to Salem this summer from Texas, with his wife and two children so he can teach 3-D digital art and video projection full time at the center in the fall.

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