Spotlight: Riverwood junior excels in art and music
Budding architect and designer Carrington Bryan, a junior at Riverwood International Charter School, plans to follow in his artistic family’s footsteps.
“Just continuing this tradition and doing what I love throughout my career is really important to me,” he said.
Bryan is a loving student zoned for Westlake High who lives in South Fulton. But he attended Ridgeview Middle School and wanted to continue his education at Riverwood. He is currently a candidate for the International Baccalaureate and has been involved in the Beta Club, the Student Government Association, brass bands and concerts, Black Student Union and the National Art Honor Society.
Bryan enjoys expressing himself through art and architecture, especially fashion design.
“I have a fondness for the different styles of fashion from the last few decades, as well as production and design,” said Bryan, who owns a t-shirt business.
He also paints and draws with pen and graphite ink. Bryan has just completed an art project that he says demonstrates the complexity of being in a relaxed state of mind.
“What I love about art is that I can really express emotions that I feel I can’t put into words. And I love how vulnerable and expressive I can be with that, ”he said.
Music is another art form he enjoys, having played the saxophone since sixth grade. Not a day goes by without listening to music. His musical and artistic family piqued his interest in the group. He follows in his grandfather’s footsteps in the Riverwood bands and is a member of the harmony orchestra.
“It’s really fun because I meet new people. I play great music, ”said Bryan.
He appreciates that Riverwood allows students to form clubs, which translates into something available for everyone. “Honestly, when I signed up to these clubs I was really overwhelmed with all of my choices,” he said.
One of these groups is the Black Student Union.
“We have this sense of relativity. And we can just relate how we grew up, different things like that, or the culture or the food. And it’s really fun to talk and discuss about different issues and things that we love about our community, ”he said.
As president of the junior class, he is also heavily involved in the Student Government Association.
“We tried to erase our name from just being a party planning committee,” he said.
They work on advocacy, including Bryan’s goal of providing an after-school bus for Magnet students so they can participate in school activities while having a ride home.