A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

The IB Visual Arts Gallery

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  • An excerpt from Michael Anthony’s IB Visual Arts sketchbook

  • Quilting is a piece created from paper and pen by Elizabeth Nichols. Nichols uses art to relate to those around her and stylizes people to appear youthful.

  • Resilient, on the far right, is mixed media. “I was inspired by the cultural differences between Korean and America [her two heritages]” artist Ria Kim said.

  • Quietude, by Ria Kim, is made from prestigious college pamphlets such as Harvard. According to Kim, she took the source of her stress and conflict and turned it into something beautiful.

  • This untitled live performance piece by Cassidy Ingram is made from acrylic paint, a live model, and a pre-made set. Ingram started the work at 6:00am and finished by the end of the school day. This piece is meant to be more fun than the mainly hard-hitting works Ingram typically creates.

  • The work, Wicked Onyx, by Cassidy Ingram is a photo of a hand painted model, Addy Himle, taken in downtown Denver June 26.

  • The piece Bringing the Inner Scars Out by Cassidy Ingram is a photo collection of teenagers with special effects makeup. Ingram creates such hard-hitting work to speak to people about subjects like bullying and depression.

  • An excerpt from Michael Anthony’s sketchbook.

  • An excerpt from Michael Anthony’s sketchbook. These pages were created October 14, 2014.

  • Top right is InfraRED Robin created with pastels. Elephant in the Room, partially covered on the left, is acrylic on wood. Facing the Town, top center, is mixed media, including newspaper. These works also explore the theme of identity.

  • Shadowbox, created by Robin Dickey, is a mixed media work which explores layers of identity and how identity is shaped.

  • Quinn Owens created his digital art using Maya and various photoshop techniques. Gaming, science fiction, and fantasy is his life.

  • Upper left is Heniochus diphreutes, a fish created in photoshop. “I want to go into marine biology,” artist Matthew Dingess stated. “I love the ocean.”

  • Students examine various pottery plates and bowls on display.

  • Far Left: Plastic is a photo of Leila Brown covered in saran wrap, tape, and magazine pages. Bottom right is an interactive piece which spins.

  • Wake of Optimism (to the right), by Michael Anthony, is a self-portrait made from watercolor and acrylic on plywood. It took 11 hours to create, because the background was made six times. “I used the female figure as the mountains,” Michael Anthony said. “When people see it, I want them to walk away with a sense of joy.”

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Loralee Bandy, Staffer

The IB Visual Arts Gallery took place Friday, April 24 in the Lecture Center. Open all day, seniors in the IB class were able to display their showcase works to the school and gain real-world experience with the gallery process. The IB Visual Arts class itself is, according to Ms. Brown, about asking the right questions and finding some of the many correct answers.

“[The gallery is] a celebration of two years work of blood, sweat, and a lot of tears,” Ms. Brown, one of the IB art teachers, said. “It’s an artistic equivalent of going to a theatrical production.”

The art gallery this year displayed multiple mediums for the art, including computer art, human installations, large sculptures, a performance piece, traditional paintings, mixed media work, and work that should be seen from various distances away. Gaming, identity, depression, beauty, and optimism were a few of the themes explored in the work displayed this year. Each student was also influenced and took inspiration from certain people or cultures such as Native Americans and Korea.

“This year, there were a lot of different types of art,” senior Mary Rahjes, who saw the gallery during third period, said. “I had never seen the computer programming art or Cassidy Ingram’s live-model art. It was really cool to see all the different types.”

Students on display included Kierra Mattern, Michael Anthony, Kaitlyn Frye, Cassidy Ingram, Robin Dickey, Quinn Owens, Matthew Dingess, Audrey Ng, Noah Francis, Vincent Braud, Ria Kim, Elizabeth Nichols, and a few others that are in Mr. Cornell’s class.

“I was impressed by everybody’s work, the time and effort that went into it,” Madame Vockrodt, the school’s French teacher, said. “My favorite was a work of art by Ria Kim. It was her lucky bamboo piece in black and white [far left of her section]. It was stunning, the simplicity of it. I went by myself, then took two of my three classes.”

When describing what her students had learned throughout the course, Ms. Brown discussed the students’ growth in ability and breadth with their work. She spoke about how they had left their comfort zones to discover how all mediums and types of art are ways to communicate with those around them.
“I think that the kids here can do something beautiful if they put their minds to it,” junior Lizz Walker said. “I think it’s good for the other students to see what their peers do, since they’re the same age and in similar situations. It inspires them. I like the identity[-themed pieces], because you can relate to them.”

To read more on the IB Gallery, check out https://smokynow.com/more-than-streaks-on-a-page/