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Winter Art Showcase

Students from art classes have finished their projects and are on display in the library.

Haley Commons, Staffer

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Artist: Unknown      Media: Photograph

Artist: Unknown    Media: Photograph

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Artist: Katelyn Todd
Media: Photograph  First photograph in a three part story

Artist: Katelyn Todd
Media: Photograph Second photograph in a three part story

Artist: Katelyn Todd Media: Photograph Third and final photograph in a three part story.

I make art to show what having a mental illness is like. This series is meant to document my recovery. My subject with the brown hair is Madi and my subject with the red hair is Cheyenne. Made is meant to represent me and my struggles and Cheyenne represents the people that cared for me in my time of need. I was inspired to create this series by the artist Miranda July’s “Learning To Love You More.” I took various assignments for her project to create a deeper representation. The teddy bear in the photos stems from the assignment “make a child’s outfit in an adult size.” It’s meant to represent holding onto a childhood nostalgia. i feel that the reason for my depression was often times longing for something that I couldn’t get back, instead of living life in the present. The first two photos have Madi holding a teddy bear, showing the unwillingness to let go of the past. Cheyenne is reaching out in the background. She’s slightly blurred to create a sense of wanting to help someone who is ill and not being able to successfully reach them. The second photo includes Madi holding the teddy bear, but not holding it as close, thus starting to let go of the past. The photo using the park bench was inspired by “take a flash photo under your bed” and “record the sound that is keeping you awake.” I wanted to capture the mental illness PTSD. After receiving this diagnosis, I was able to start understanding what was wrong and begin to heal. Cheyenne is slightly less transparent in this photo because Madi begins recovery. The final photo is from “say goodbye” and “heal yourself”. The teddy bear is no longer in Madi’s hands because she has let go of what is no longer there. Cheyenne is holding her because she has allowed people trying to help her into her life and she can begin to get better.

Artist: Cheyenne Bauer
Media: Photograph

Artist: Cheyenne Bauer
Media: Photograph

Artist: Cheyenne Bauer
Media: Photograph

Artist: Cheyenne Bauer
Media: Photograph

Artist: Cheyenne Bauer
Media: Photograph

Artist: Kelsey Gant
Media: Painting, both with brushes and fingers.

I love making art because it can be relatable to kids, teenagers, young adults, or elders. Basically, anyone who may feel lost or alone in this crowded world. The heart is such an important part in a human’s life, not only to the body, but to emotions as well. Your heart has the ability to tell you which decisions will make you or loved ones happy. In this key feature in creating a special bond with someone or something. This guns in this piece represent evil, while the opposing idea of flowers represent love. I want my emotions to be happy, just like how the flowers turn from a dark bud to a blossomed part of nature. I want someone who has gone through tough times to be able to look at this and realize that they can get back on their feet and become happier. To create this price I used paint brushes and my fingers. When I used my fingers, it makes me feel like I have more of a connection with the piece.

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Supriya Subedi
Media: Graphite and acrylic
Class: IB Visual Art

Artist: Gabbi Kovalenko
Media: Graphite and white color pencil
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Ruby Walker
Media: Color pencil
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Jasmine Barzideh      
Media: Watercolor and mixed media
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Unkown

My artwork is based on music, which is something very important to me. I’ve been playing the guitar for seven years now and it’s something other than art that I couldn’t possibly live without. Music for me is another way for me to express my feeling other than writing. The back of the wooden panel are the sound waves to one of my favorite instrumental guitar songs. The guitar represents my love for music.

 

 

 

 

Artist: Laurel Wilson

In this piece I pursued a meaning close to my heart; this is the first time I have ever connected my art with my personal life and culture. I am multi ethnic, and I have never felt like I fit in with one ethnicity. This has always been really hard for me because when I was younger I could not identify myself with one group of people, I just never knew where I belonged – I was either too light or too dark. I drew myself in black and white chalk pastel, with a colorful background and vibrant flowers. The fact that I am in black and white shows the isolation I felt, and the colorful background represents everyone around me.

 

Artist: Melodie Miraflor.

For me, art is a great stress reliever and it’s cheaper than a therapist. Art has always been there for me, for the good parts and the not so good parts; it became a part of me.
This piece came from a sketch I did over the summer. Originally, I had drawn it so the galaxy was inside the man’s afro. When I began to work on it as a piece, I started looking into the backgrounds of afros and I soon learned an afro is not only a cool hairstyle, it’s a symbol from the Civil Rights Movement: a symbol of power, strength and overcoming. After this discovery, I thought to myself, “how ironic”. Ironic that there seems to be a second wave of oppression for black lives, the only difference this time is it won’t be silent. That’s where the galaxy plays a part in my work. A galaxy is floating around our man, and galaxies are known to be full of surprises (whether we know there is life out there or not, I suppose, is the surprise). These galaxies are silent. One last feature I would like to point out about my piece is the man’s face does not have features of a black man, but a white man. A white man’s nose, beard, jaw, etc. This is meant to symbolize my hope that we can come together and fight this oppression, as if both men are each other.

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Alyanna Lopez-Trujillo

I have a sugar skull centered in my piece surrounded by roses and two types of birds; an owl and a crow. An owl symbolizes death in most Native American tribes, and hearing an owl is considered an unlucky omen. The crow represents a messenger of death. There is a belief that when someone dies his/her soul is carried by crows to the land of the dead. the sugar skull represents a certain day of the year for the Mexican culture; Dia de los Metros or Day of the Dead. I have always been interested in the ‘afterlife’ or the supernatural world. I was inspired by the holiday Dia de los Metros, and an artist named David Lozeau paints Dia de los Metros paintings literally on everything that he can find. Every sugar skull is very different, as every person’s spirit a skull represents is unique.

Artist: Nadia Vieaux

Artist: Nadia Vieaux

Artist: Nadia Vieaux

For so many men and women, finding love is more difficult than expected and when some do find it, it seems to be unreasonably hard to keep. This piece is meant to emphasize on the idea that we often get lost in the feeling and thought of love and don’t realize a game is being played. The hand as a skeleton shows that loving someone that doesn’t love you back can slowly kill you along the way. Falling out of his hand is a heart that is held by this strings, although they don’t want you they continue to play with your heart and feelings and won’t let go until they are done.

 

 

 

 

Artist: Kohnyr Smith

In this piece I wanted to express my love for fashion and the idea of femininity through a piece of clothing. I really wanted to create a piece that expressed how girly I am; I am in moms, I wear skirts and dresses most of the time, and I love make-up and fashion. Although I enjoy all of these things I think people wrongly associate ‘girly’ with weakness and being superficial. I love all of these things because I don’t associate ‘girly’ with being weak, I associate it with strength, confidence, and self love.

 

 

 

 

Artist: Julie Eoff
Media: Acrylic
Class: IB Art

Artist: Lauren Zurcher
Media: Oil
Class: IB Art

Artist: Perry Owens
Media: Mixed
Class: IB Visual Art

Artist: Carlie Andrie
Media: Graphite
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Taylor Phillips-Jones 
Media: Watercolor, printmakings, and thread
Class: IB Art

Artist: Sam Howlett
Media: Graphite
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Madisyn Reiakvam
Media: Pastel and color pencil
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Taylor Phillips-Jones
Media: Acrylic
Class: IB Art

Artist: Taylor Phillips-Jones
Media: Mixed
Class: IB Art

Artist: Tajinae Turner
Media: Graphite and color pencil
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Travis Simpkins

I find pleasure in making art for those who can appreciate art, but can’t make it themselves. What inspires me to make pieces are the stories that people share with me. This piece in particular is a story my dad shared with me about when he was a long distance runner, and was running at near olympic speeds, and almost qualified for the 1988 summer olympics. Because of the strain running out on him, he cracked both of his shins, and was unable to try out.

 

Artist: Makayla O’Flynn

My drawing of Pokemon inside of a mason jar behind a lure that has a poke ball attached to it. The background is suppose to be a beach. The material I used to draw this was graphite and color pencil. The reason why I drew this was because I thought that it would be fun to draw and because I like Pokemon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Makayla O’Flynn

Artist: Anshika Singh
Media: Mixed
Class: IB Art

Artist: Jordan Robinson

My art piece shows the symbolism of an eagle to my personality. Its keen eyes for perspicacity, courage, strength and immortality. Eagles are solitary, and never really on the ground or in a low area. This relates to me because I am usually independent and I keep aware of my surrounding, the courage in my heart. I have an immortal ambition and my judgements are very accurate from my perceptions of experience. The eagle is also victorious and I feel every situation is a win: either you earn the prize or you learn from your mistakes to fix it next time.
An eagle is a mover and shaker who stretches limits to new heights. On his wings he bares determination and the laser sharp focus to get through to the other side of his problems. This symbolism and meaning has to do with ancient lore regarding the eagle flying so closely to the sun, “we must be willing to get a little scorched if we achieve greatness” This quote symbolizes perseverance through problems, this shows that you handle them whether it’s difficult or not.

Artist: Taylor Phillips Jones
Media: Mixed
Class: IB Art

Artist: Taylor Phillips Jones
Media: Mixed media
Class: IB Art

Artist: Stella Watkins

The piece that I created is about a dog who has been abused, neglected, and returned to the same shelter three times. I know her from a part time job that I had at a locally owned pet store. We would adopt her out, and then something with the family she was with wouldn’t work, and she’d be back. She is my source of inspiration because this little dog has been through more than most people go through.

This piece is also about the innocence of animals. This little dog has been under appreciated and unloved for most of her life, and I drew her sleeping on a cloud because when she’s sleeping she can’t be hurt by the world around her.

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Nikodimos Sendek

Pop Art, and its varieties, play a huge part in the art that I make and most of my influences come from video games, comics, or modern science fiction.
This piece is influenced by DC Comics, animated movies, and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The reason that I wanted to do a piece like this is to convey the symmetry and polarity of supervillains and superheroes.

 

 

Artist: Nikodimos Sendek

Sendek’s second piece going with the superhero piece.
In this piece I wanted to aim for a creepy tone. Because androids are always disturbing in some way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Madison Ashby

My piece is a reflection of a girl with the “monsters in her head”, which are depression and self-doubt. I have known people who have gone through depression, and I am intrigued by how people cans seem so happy on the outside, but have something going on inside; that there could actually be something wrong behind a smile.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Madison Flores

For my piece, I wanted to convey the idea of suffering and rebirth. The leaves in my piece symbolize the birth of a new life and new chances. The gor and physical damage to the girl in my piece is meant to symbolize the sacrifices made before a big change in life, as the leaves are the birth of change. I want my art to be beautiful, but also uncomfortable to look at. I used inl and leaves to create the foliage around the figure, and watercolor to paint the main figure.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Tyler Gattin

I created this piece about family. What I was trying to convey was a sense of possibility that a bare tree provides. A bare tree can be reborn in the spring when it gets new leave. That sense of a fresh start is what inspired me to create this piece. I was going through a rough spot in my home life and I had a falling out with my mom, and the possibility of  fresh start really appealed to me being where I was in life.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Gabbi Kovalenko
Media: Acrylic
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Larry Cung
Media: Watercolor and pen
Class: IB Art (MYP, 10)

Artist: Sarah Power
Media: Watercolor and pastel
Class: IB Art

Artist: Taylor Phillips Jones
Media: Graphite and embroidery
Class: IB Art

Artist: Ash Rosen
Media: Watercolor and pen
Class: IB Art

Artist: Hailee Tawzer
Media: Acrylic
Class: IB Visual Art

Artist: Hailee Tawzer
Media: Acrylic
Class: IB Visual Art

Artist: Ruby Walker
Media: Acrylic
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Esther Abraham
Media: Acrylic
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Hannah Patrick
Media: Pastel on lunchbags
Class: IB Art

Artist: Hailee Tawzer
Media: Graphite and embossing
Class: IB Art

Artist: Kat Webster
Media: Acrylic
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artists: Morgan Clemons, Michael Daniel, and Tianna Poole

For our first challenge in Ms. Browns’ IB Visual Arts class, we worked in groups. The challenge presented to us was to utilize cardboard in a work of art. It proved quite challenging in the beginning of our process, but we were able to implement traditional styles of art along with retaining the “soul” of cardboard. Originally, our idea when we started was to create a piece of artwork that represents the pursuit of beauty, but as we continued to solidify our ideas, it became to be about letting go of ones’ past and starting new. This is represented in the fact that the little girl is standing on a cliff top, letting go of the “balloons” of her past. The cliff signifies a new start, the beginning of another landscape that has yet to be seen.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Jordan Dye
Media: Graphite
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Ioana Garcia
Media: Watercolor
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Eliza Yadav
Media: Spray paint
Class: IB Visual Art

Artist: Delanee Grosshans
Media: Watercolor
Class: IB Visual Art

Artist: Yubin Kim
Media: Acrylic
Class: IB Visual Art

Name: Jasmine Barzideh.
Media: Acrylic.
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting.

Artist: Lukas Keller
Media: Water soluble pen
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Name: Isabella Brennan
Media: Water Soluable Pen
Class: Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Artist: Jess Kneefel

Painting has always been an escape for me; I can channel negative energy or positive energy into my paintings. Because of this, I am able to focus on my art for a long period of time and put so much effort into them, unlike anything else I do. I make a lot of mistakes, and have embraced that as apart of my process. I am a very independent person, so I enjoy being able to do things and learn on my own. Almost all of my paintings are on a canvas I’ve put together myself. It gives me a sense of pride, knowing the entire piece had been created or put together by me. I wanted to make this piece about conflict. I wanted to show how much these two hands are struggling, in order to represent the aggravation properly, I decided to use ice and fire.

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