Reception for NHS Artist in Residence, Patty Aker, and poetry readings

Best of luck to our Fall 2017 artist in residence, Patty Aker, in pursuit of her creative endeavors. 

We had a memorable time hosting Patty this past semester at Sheboygan North High School. 

Click here to learn about Patty and to see what she was up to with our students. 

A big thanks to Ms. Cavanaugh and her poetry students for reading their poems during Patty’s reception. Always a pleasure to experience. 


What’s art gotta do with it? A blog post on advocacy.

On December 12th, MR. Juarez had the opportunity to talk to the north community partnership team about art education at north high and how it contributes to our school culture. 

Misconception 1:

A common inquiry that exists among the art classroom.  

response: Inside the art classroom, we are engaged in the creative process on a daily basis. students are doing preliminary sketches, interpreting the project to fit their vision, experimenting witn techniques and media, and so on.

Misconception 2:

Response: Art can be a hobby. There are a lot of people who work in non-art related fields. participating in the creative process is a life long experience and can do the mind, body, and soul good.

STORY: Emily took art as a freshman at Sheboygan North High School. Every year Mr. Juarez would ask her if she is going to take art the following year because he saw something special happening. She would say that it all depends on her schedule. she took art her Sophomore year. This conversation was revisited every school year with the same outcome.

When she graduated from Sheboygan north high school, her career goal was to major in political science. Today, she is a MFA Candidate at uw-madison.

A student never knows how much of an impact art has on his/her life until they graduate from high school.

Misconception 3:

In today’s workforce, there is an equal playing field for finding a job in a career that is of interest. For every open position, there may be hundreds of applicants.

Mr. Juarez googled jobs in the creative field in Wisconsin and this is what popped up. Looks like plenty of opportunities.


Every high school course addresses BLoom’s taxonomy and 21st century learner outcomes. In the same fashion as what exists within the art classroom, the outcome will vary from student to student. Resulting in each student becoming a well-rounded learner.

At SHeboygan North High School, we offer 15 different courses ranging from art foundations 1 to ap studio art. Every student that takes art as a freshman goes through two year of foundations, which helps them build a better understanding of creating, analyzing, and interpreting art. In addition to these course, we offer a variety of art programs aimed to expose, educate, and engage students in the world of art at the local, state, and regional level.

art education’s reach goes far beyond the creative process. it is about seeing, understanding, and making sense of the world that we live in. It is about sharing our ideas, learning to fail, working with people who have different perspectives, contributing our skills to solve a problem, being innovative with fresh ideas, and to be in tune who who we are.

yes, art exists everywhere. however, through art we are able to make our world a better place to live for all of us.

North High students participate in Here We Make A Home Exhibition at Latino Arts, Inc in Milwaukee

6 NHS students will be representing Sheboygan North HS in a collaborative group show to take place in Milwaukee focusing on immigration stories. Students were under the guidance of Frank Juarez (art) & Sylvia Cavanaugh (poetry club).

Featured artists: Madison Capetillo, Richard Castro, Panhou Lee, Tyrone Luscious, Toni Soriano, and Dalinee Vang.

Dalinee Vang and Madison Capetillo will be doing a public reading of their poem.

There is a public reception on Friday, December 1st from 5-7pm at the Latino Arts Gallery, 1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee 53204.

The exhibition will run from December 1, 2017 through February 16, 2018. 

About the exhibition

The Here We Make Our Home exhibit invites teachers and students to explore the visual, poetic, and metaphoric imagery of a birdhouse. Students involved will create a unique piece of art that tells their personal journey story possessed through family heritage or personal experience. Birdhouses were selected as the vehicle for storytelling to represent the idea of home, settlement and migration.

NHS Artist in Residence, Cooper Diers at Sheboygan North High School

Artist & North High alumnus, Cooper Diers ends his semester long residency at Sheboygan North High School in a couple of weeks. As part of our exit interview process we’ve spent a few minutes with him to see how his experience was this spring semester. We’ll miss ya!!!

About Cooper

My name is Cooper. I was brought into existence by two people (like most of us), who both possess considerable imaginations. My father creates through carpentry, specializing in cabinetry, and is an exceptional chef, while my mother designs works in several mediums of visual art. Both have had an interest, appreciation, and intrinsic ability in a number of creative fields from early on and I would like to consider myself fortunate enough to have been predisposed to a lot of creativity, relying on it as a constant throughout my life. Though the approach to my work is predominantly self-taught, the influence and encouragement of several teachers during my academic career has helped the continuation of my work from a practical perspective. Music and sound are the deepest source of affect on my psyche.

About the Sheboygan North High School Art Department

The mission of the Sheboygan North High Art Department is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment that will stimulate risk-taking, originality, and collaboration through the use of 21st Century skills in both communication and a rigorous studio practice.