End of the Year Celebration at Sheboygan North High Art Department

We end the 2018-2019 school year with two amazing programs, The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and the Artist-in-residency Program (AiR).

The Sheboygan North High Art Department officially became a National Art Honor Society (NAHS) chapter. This is the first chapter of its kind in our North High history dedicated to the visual arts. 

Visual arts education is essential to 21st-century learning. As a new NAHS chapter we utilized the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to stay ahead of developments in the field of arts education by being introducing a broad perspective of research, issues, and policy trends that are key in art education. As a NAHS chapter we connected to thousands of chapters from around the globe who are passionate about the integral role of the visual arts in ensuring all students to receive a high-quality, effective, and well-rounded education. 

We believe that the National Art Honor Society will contribute to reaching our building goals. In addition, introducing students to a diverse art offering beyond the walls of North High will expand their minds, to participate in new art experiences, and to provide leadership opportunities, which will contribute to their personal and academic growth. Student success is very important to us and our professional goal is to assist them in their journeys.

The NAHS Chapter created three committees focused on fundraising, community outreach, and beautifying our school environment through art.

We created partnerships with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the MEAD Library.

Below is a collection of images that our students participated in as well as a video celebrating the completion of our “Be the Next Generation” Mural, an exit interview and artist talk with Craig Grabhorn, and poetry readings.

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Mural in progress

National Art Honor Society’s (NAHS) mural, “Be the Next Generation”, is a gift to North High School and its students. As you can see, it pictures the words, “be the next generation” underlying a sprouting seedling. Planning the mural, we wanted the sprout to symbolize everyone who feels lost or isolated while also standing for growth. Nature is an empowering force. No matter where, it finds a way. Even from the concrete, nature erects itself in masses of green foliage. A sproutling is small, inferior, and feeble. We could easily uproot it with our bare hands, but sproutlings grow. They persevere between the concrete and with time they rise to the sky and become towering trees. We are the trees, we can grow and become greater things. We have always persisted; from the very beginning when we were wild and instinctual, to now where we face the stresses of everyday life. We grow and adapt. We become today and the rising suns of tomorrow.        

The word “generation” is a major point of the mural. Each letter was painted by a different member of NAHS with what they perceived as “the next generation” or simply their thoughts on the phrase and their inspirations. By incorporating the “art” into the word “generation” we are literally proclaiming that what we, all of us, aspire for in the future will become the next generation. 

We want to encourage and inspire the generations of now to take a stand for both others and themselves, regardless of their skin color, their background, their gender, their sexual orientation, and etc. You don’t have to conform to the society of yesterday. Be who you want to be and who you need to be for the good of the world. – Sara Vang, grade 10

Artist-in-residency with Craig Grabhorn (Exit Interview)

Hear what he has to say about his experience at North High as a visiting artist.

Video: End of the Year Celebration at Sheboygan North High School

In this video we share with you the unveiling of “Be the Next Generation”, artist talk with Craig, and poetry readings by students & advisor (in response to Craig’s art).

Mr. Juarez is May’s featured blogger on the National Art Education Association Monthly Mentor Blog

Click the links to read his blog posts on art education, contemporary art, social networking, business side of art, and so on at Sheboygan North High School.

Social Networking Via Skype. May 1, 2019.

Early in my career, I have learned that if I want to implement something into my curriculum, then I need to cater it to my students. It is important to use a resource that will engage them in the learning process, to put them into a situation where they would need to utilize the knowledge they have learned thus far in real-life scenarios, to effectively navigate the web to seek specific information, and to make inferences based on information presented. Read more.

Beautifying Our Environment Through the Art of Muraling. May 3, 2019

How we approach the art of muraling at our school makes a difference on how others view it. It is centered around creativity, originality, collaboration, presentation, and professionalism. One way of achieving this is by designing our murals to be aesthetically pleasing, meaningful, and supported by our curriculum with the same intensity as one of our art units. Read more.

Developing Your Own Unique Art Program. May 7, 2019.

One of the best approaches that I see as life-changing is integrating advocacy with the business side of art education. If you take a close look at how a business operates, you will notice that we experience similar objectives in art education. For example, who is our audience? What makes us stand out compared to another art program? In what way can we attract new students?  How can we retain current students? What successes have our alumni accomplished? Read more.

NHS ARTifacts presents paintings by French 4 & 5 students

CURRENT exhibition: 

April 8 – April 31, 2019

Mrs. Martinez

Paintings by French 4 & 5 students

After learning and discussing French painters in class, students chose a French artist to research, and present to their peers. Included in their presentation they had to create their own original art pieces based on sources of inspiration from their chosen artist and research. 

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About the NHS ARTifacts Gallery

The NHS ARTifacts Gallery was launched at the beginning of our 2013-2014 school year. The gallery is designed to provide all North High School staff the opportunity to showcase their students’ work in a professional exhibition space by infusing art into their curriculum. This exhibition space is facilitated, organized and installed by the Sheboygan North High Art Department.

Student art show at EBCO ArtWorks

Join us Friday, April 5th from 6-8pm for an art exhibition featuring over 100+ student works of art ranging from 2-D to 3-D. The following art programs are participating: Central High School (Mrs. Matter), Sheboygan North High School (Mr. Juarez), Sheboygan South High School (Mr. Sommersberger), and Tower Program (Ms. Higgins).

EBCO ArtWorks is located at 1201 Erie Avenue in Sheboygan.

Doors open at 5:50pm.

Here is a sampling of what North will be exhibiting.

See you there!!!

Artist in Residence Update

While getting familiar with couple of teachers and their classrooms I have been working on some painting studies as well as continuing work on a series of tapestry inspired mono-prints. These prints are built using the screen printing process, I intuitively work to compose these minimal compositions with balance in mind as I play with color and shape to develop the compositions. My work is inspired by light and color of nature, compositions reflect broken down or minimized ideas we find in our surroundings.