Artist hopes to engage more black youth in classical art

Artist hopes to engage more black youth in classical art



A black female model leans on a stool atop a platform in a second-story studio in the city’s historic arts district.

She is nude, stoic and motionless. A half-dozen students have formed a U-shape around her as they draw her, using charcoal pencils.

George Morton, the instructor who opened the Atelier South in January, stops by each student’s workstation to offer a critique.

The model, Morton says, symbolizes what he believes is missing in fine art: the fair representation of black people.

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