Marshall HS Art Teacher Engages Adopted Greyhound for Master Works Reproductions

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
April 17, 2020
photos of master works and greyhound works

Former racing greyhound Neirin—in addition to enjoying the extra attention from owner and Marshall High School art teacher Nicole Walter during the COVID-19 quarantine—found himself serving as a model for her artwork. 

Walter, who has taught at Marshall for 17 years and currently teaches studio art, says Neirin is a good sport and really loves the extra attention he’s been getting.  When school closed in mid-March, Walter was looking for ways to engage her art students.  “I saw the challenges being posted by various art museums to recreate master works and to share on social media,” explains Walter. “I was just in the middle of an instructional unit on appropriation in art with my Art 2 students, so I thought this would be a great way for them to make art without the need for special art supplies.” Students enthusiastically responded to Walter’s project.

Neirin is a four-year-old retired racing greyhound from West Virginia who raced for three years. There’s more information on the Instagram account @neirinthegrey, which includes details about how he made the transformation from a racing dog to home life.

Walter earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a specialty in painting in St. Paul, Minn., at the former College of Visual Arts.  She then went on to earn a master’s in education at the University of Minnesota.  “Since I teach art, and my goal is to help students connect with their own unique form of creative expression, I try to learn about and appreciate a broad range of art styles,” she states.