Monday, February 29, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Brittany Hutchings

I like art because I see things that I like and I try to make something kind of like it.  I like art that shows the emotion of the artists and how they can make others feel that emotion through the picture.  Right now I'm learning about anime art and other kinds of Japanese art.  I want to get better at drawing in these styles. I am getting better, little by little.
Winter Branches (acrylic)

Sorrow (mixed media) Collaboration piece by Brittany Hutchings and Tasha Beech

Italia (colored pencil)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Arnot Art Museum Visit

Art students had the opportunity to visit the Arnot Art Museum to see an exhibit of winning student artworks from the Scholastic Art Awards competition.  In addition to viewing exemplary high school artwork, they also got to view paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection.  Below are some photos and excerpts from student writings describing this experience.

"The trip we took to the Arnot Art Museum was absolutely amazing. When you pull up to the building, the first thing you see are these grand columns and stairs. The house the museum is in is gorgeous. The first room you walk into contains many pieces of the permanent collection. I was inspired by the different styles of paintings in the collection. It amazes me how good these paintings are, and I can only wish I'll be that good some day. " - Lauren Galasso
"My recent visit to the Arnot Art Museum was extremely enlightening and inspiring. There, I learned that not only was the museum an old house, but a collection of one man's tireless efforts to reap timeless art. I was deeply inspired by the vast amount of techniques and emotion portrayed throughout the masterpieces. For example, one painting really stood out to me. This painting was called The Lunatic. This work embodies what it means to incorporate emotion into a piece by mastery of techniques. The piec e itself depicts a woman with bloodshot and bulging eyes cradling a log with a baby's cap on it. This suggests the woman lost a child and was driven made by it. The emotion in this piece is just overpowering -- almost demanding attention. I can only hope to aspire to this level of greatness as I grow and progress as an artist." -McKaylah Dekay


"My visit to the Arnot Art Museum was my first visit to an art museum since I was little. It was a very interesting trip because seeing art in person is such a great experiences -- a lot different from seeing it online or in a book. You get to see all the different textures that artists use to portray different things. It was also neat to see all of the Scholastic winners that high school students made. I learned a lot about different techniques and approaches you can use when making art. I was very inspired because I was able to see various ideas and creative things that people came up with. By taking this trip to the Arnot Art Museum, I was able to understand the benefits of art history better and actually see some historic art in person." -Michaela Courtney


"I learned that in the older days there were paintings to show the fun times, the trouble they had when they were kids, or themselves. When I see the old paintings, I can see the different techniques they used. There were a couple paintings that don't even look like paintings -- it looks like a photograph and you feel like you are there and in that time period. I'm going to take my grandma and our neighbor to this art museum because they really like looking at art.  They like looking at the paintings I make, and I know they would really like these in the art museum." -Lizzie Van Dyke

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Nate Spencer

"I view learning ceramics as I do everything else -- I see how far I can push myself. When approaching something new, it's great to see your borders early on. If you realize what you're capable of starting off, it becomes a lot easier later on to do what you thought was impossible for you. 

Seeing progress is a huge part of motivation and generating a desire to improve. Starting out with bowls that are only four inches tall and struggling with that made me want to keep trying for more and more height. I'm a huge believer in failing, in the sense that you should never be afraid to fail. It's my personal success that I can accredit to all my failures I've learned from. Due to all the clumps of clay I've wasted on the wheel due to either being too wet, not centered well enough, or pulling the edges up too fast. I've learned an effective way for me to create pots on the wheel. Start small, see your boundaries and then strive to break them. If you have that mindset towards anything, I guarantee you will find success in that activity." -Nate Spencer

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Artist of the Week: Kendra Felt

This week's featured artist is our Souper Bowl MVP -- most valuable potter!  She threw and donated more bowls than any other high school student.  She is our Artsfest Club president and a valuable asset to our local art and school art community.  Below is some of her artwork and artist statement.
The Souper Bowl is important to me because it's reaching out to our community using art.  Pottery is one of my passions and I enjoyed throwing bowls for the Souper Bowl and adding my own touches. I think it's cool that people will buy my bowls and the proceeds will go to someone in need. I love making a difference through art.

Time for Starbucks (acrylic)

Double Dip (pencil)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Artist of the Week: Sydney Liechty

I have loved art my whole life, and now in tenth grade I'm where I always hoped I'd be. I finally get to work on my projects and enter them into contests. Whenever I'm in class I get so caught up in my work that I don't realize that the period's almost over. Every morning I look forward to this class because it's the part of the day when I don't have to stress about anything and get to express myself however I want to.

My Kicks (acrylic on canvas)

Lazy Day (pencil)

Aristotle (watercolor)