When TCC Southeast student Danielle Middleton’s hand-painted glass ornament graces the official Christmas tree in the Texas Capitol next month, it not only will represent the College, but also will honor a family tradition.
“My mom definitely influenced my designs. Every Christmas, she has a decor theme throughout our house of cute little snowmen,” Middleton said.
Each Texas representative has the opportunity to hang an ornament on the state tree. Since he was elected four years ago, Rep. Christ Turner has requested that the ornament representing Texas House District 101 be created by a student from TCC Southeast which is located within the District he represents. Some ornaments are created by Representatives’ family members, professional artists or school children, according to the Legislative Reference Library of Texas. While ornaments may be viewed anytime the Capitol is open after they are displayed on Monday, Dec. 2, Capitol tours provide a special opportunity to see the creative pieces.
“Danielle is a very creative student in design class. She has a good sensibility when it comes to pattern and she is inspired by nature,” said Sharon Covington, assistant professor of art, who teaches Middleton’s Design I class.
Middleton said working on her design was challenging because it had to be created on a clear surface in a spherical shape. The experience allowed Middleton to develop skills normally covered in a more advanced class.
Once finished, it then had to be protected. “I had to be cautious to never leave it where my cats could potentially break it,” Middleton said.
Response to her design has been heartening.
“I was thrilled to hear all the nice compliments and I was glad everyone liked it,” said Middleton, who plans to transfer to The University of Texas at Arlington to major in fine arts.
“I would like to be an elementary school art teacher. I love children and art and I remember the impact my art teachers made in my life,” she said. “I feel this job will leave me time for me to continue doing freelance and personal art.”
Ornaments Previously Hung in the Texas Capitol Designed by TCC Southeast Students