Just wondering

Odessa, TX

#1 Oct 17, 2012
Whatever became of Mr.McCollum? He was the art instructor at the high school. His wife taught english. Believe they had one child, a son. Had a fabulous house and had a room that served as his studio. Great teacher but I lost contact as the years progressed.
Guest

Sikeston, MO

#2 Oct 17, 2012
Just wondering

Odessa, TX

#3 Oct 17, 2012
Thank you so much for the post. How uncanny, I thought of him earlier in the week and today. I had no idea. Great teacher and a true inspiration for several of us. He held a Halloween scavenger hunt for his Art club one year and it was just a blast. Keep inking Mr. Mc.!
jule

Farmington, MO

#4 Oct 18, 2012
It's getting close to Halloween and that's probably why it reminded you of him.
Just wondering

United States

#5 Oct 18, 2012
No, actually I have a copy of the ink print,"the Three Kings" and received many complements on it and how he had actually signed it for me. Several people asked where to obtain such a copy and if it too, could possibly be signed. I discussed how another student and I in the class of '77 had gone far and became quite succcessful due to his inspirations. He was a fabulous instructor that went the extra distance for his students if they showed any inclination whatsoever. He was someone all teachers should strive to be in their chosen profession. Truly a wonderful man. The Halloween comment was just to spark interest given the history of his former home and his joy of sharing with his students.
former student

East Prairie, MO

#6 Oct 18, 2012
I am sad to hear of his passing...I was a student of his and probably one of the few from Charleston that went on to get a fine arts degree in college. He was a good teacher and really pushed me to get the most out of my ability and showed me that is is possible to make a career of being an artist.
Just wondering

United States

#7 Oct 18, 2012
former student wrote:
I am sad to hear of his passing...I was a student of his and probably one of the few from Charleston that went on to get a fine arts degree in college. He was a good teacher and really pushed me to get the most out of my ability and showed me that is is possible to make a career of being an artist.
Exactly! Congratulations on your achievements,I feel he would have been so proud. Mr Mc was very good at motivating. I remember in his class one day when he had an oil painting of a landscape and added a grand castle, like something you would envision from "The Lord of The Rings", something that was a passionate read when I was in school. The next day, he sadly painted over. I asked,"Why did you do that". He replied,"Stuff like that won't sell around here." I reminded him as he had pondered me, "You don't know if you don't try." He DID sell it and did quite well with that particular painting. Wish I had it as it would have brought shame to the current movie with castle features. The point is, while he gave advice, he also took his own advice when it was reflected back to him. He would try to expand your mind through books, science, current events, along with art. Everything is so entertwined if one can grasp a single comprehension. I wish my children could have had him as an instructor. A presence like that is sorely lacking in today's educational system.
Just wondering

United States

#8 Oct 18, 2012
I will not expand on my accomplishments but I will do so for a student that is no longer with us. Mr Mc inspired him to accept a scholarship to CalArts and Disney studios. This student went on to do fantastic special effects for movies, really popular ones. He later wrote scripts and directed movies. Due to a health condition, he later turned to creating E-books in its infancy stage, where his books can be purchased today. We would come back at Christmas time and the three of us would meet and have fantastic discussions. I miss those times as I did not realize the rarity of such a relationship that I/we took for granted. All I can say is this, I bet those two are having a grand time inking up the heavens.
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Saint Louis, MO

#9 Oct 20, 2012
So sorry.

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