Iridescence Literary Magazine was founded in 2021 by Junior Grace Z. This annual magazine showcases art, photography, and creative writing by 9-12 North High students. Take a look at the Spring 2022 issue and download your very own copy.
Advisors: Mrs. Cavanaugh, Mr. Juárez, and Mr. McGoldrick.
The Sheboygan North High Art Department is pleased to announce that AP Studio Art student, Emily F, will represent our school at the The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin.
MOWA is having an opening party on Saturday, May 7th 2-4pm for the opening of three exhibitions – The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience, Marion Coffey: The Art of Color, and Khari Turner: Mirroring Reflection. The MOWA Teen Council will be sharing their collaborative zine in response to the exhibition (pay as you can donation), MIAD staff will be available to meet with students, and music and a cash bar will be available to enjoy. Remarks at 3:00. Looking forward to seeing you all there! (LINK)Every artist and submitting art educator will receive complimentary admission to the opening for themselves and 2 additional guests.
“There Is Still Hope”
acrylic on canvas
20 inch diameter
More students or friends interested in joining? No problem- everyone is welcome! Single-day admission to the museum/opening includes a membership that offers free unlimited access for an entire year. This starts at $15 for 1 person, $23 for 2 and $50 for a whole “crew”. If someone is already a member the event is free!
The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience runs from May 7 through July 3, 2022.
MOWA is located at 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
In this exhibition, seniors Megan Butler, Florence Butterfield, Emily Fisher, and Luecy Xiong display a sample of work that they have been working on since the start of the school year. These works are part of a larger body of work focused on a unique teen perspective ranging from fear to identity and the environment to growing up.
This film photo is one of my favorite pieces so far. The shadows and the stress really bring out the mood of this shot. This abandoned house has an interesting backstory. I wanted to capture its history by bringing out the dark shadows that it naturally has. When I look at this house, or even through the windows, there are so many things that scatter my mind. When choosing a title I wanted to choose an interesting point of view. I thought it would be very fascinating to have the walls of the building tell the story. Never would I have thought of this perspective before, but this point of view would be intriguing in any building. I hope to dig deeper into this house and do a shoot from the inside out.
11 x 14 inches
For this self-portrait, I wanted to create something that portrayed how I feel when I am photographing. By using a method called long exposure, I was able to create this abstract image. When I am photographing I feel as if I am disassociated from reality. There is something that photography provides that makes me feel like a whole new person. People do not see what is underneath just by looking at somebody or something’s surface.
12 x 16 in
Nature, no matter what it is, is beautiful. Whether that be plants, life, death, or decomposition. Decomposition can often be seen as unpleasant. Personally, there is so much more to it than revolting smells and sadness. The end of one life can also be beautiful. Instead of viewing death as the end of something, understand that there are many more opportunities ahead of you. Begin to realize that death is natural and beautiful in many ways.
“Spiders of Fear”
Polymer clay, wood, and yarn
11 x 11.5 inches
The spiders represent fear. It topples over one another becoming a mountain of anxiety. The anxiety is already sunken in the mind. Tangled up in its own string of web. Nesting where they feel safe. Absorbing the sounds from within not being able to use your voice. The darkness surrounds my presence, not being able to see or think.
11 x 9 inches
A greenhouse is both environmentally friendly and sustainable for agriculture. The benefits of this include reduced water consumption, the ability for people to grow their own food and know exactly what goes into it, and the use of ethical building materials such as glass. I incorporated all the elements of what makes a greenhouse sustainable in my piece.
8 x 8 inches
I was given the opportunity to be selected for the Innovator Fellowship, a program designed to allow students to create a project about which they are passionate. For my project, I chose to focus on the environment and create an opportunity for people to engage with the natural world. I’m accomplishing this by creating a storybook trail within Sheboygan’s Ellwood H. May Environmental Park. I’m creating and illustrating a children’s book displayed on signage along the Maple Forest Loop trail. My project aims to teach others how to be good environmental stewards through nature, physical activity, literacy, and art.
Pen & Ink
Sunflowers represent devotion and happiness. “Backstabbing” refers to the action of criticizing someone in a cruel/treacherous manner while feigning friendship. I portrayed the act of betrayal by illustrating the absolute trust an individual has lost. One’s kindness being taken advantage of is belittling, cruel, and dishonest.
“Sea Beyond the Horizon”
The overwhelming suffocation drowns the minds of many students. Some forget there is much more to life than a piece of paper- that there lies a bright light in the far distance awaiting them. I wanted to accentuate this magical-like feeling by incorporating sea life into my piece.
Pen & Ink
12.5 x 19.5 inches
We frame ourselves in a negative manner on social media. Constant comparisons, negative messages, and overwhelming hate feed onto an individual’s own esteem to the point of dissociating their online persona from their in-person self. Despite the drainage of one’s own mental capacity, many individuals continue to consume media out of helplessness, validation, and depression.
Madison-based artist Angela Johnson was our first semester (virtual) artist-in-residence, which her residency carried over into third quarter working exclusively with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Honors Humanities class. In this virtual art exhibition you’ll see works that she has been working on from 2021 to 2022 as well as a snapshot of her visit to Sheboygan North High. This exhibition runs from March 21 through June 10, 2022.
This body of work was inspired by my interest in nature, balance and telling stories through individual and collective memories through the idea of legacy. Through my virtual Artist in Residency here at North High School, I have been working with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Senior, Honors Humanities Class since October of 2021. From class discussions about the birth of civilization, to discussions from Gilgamesh to Opedius Rex and modern day communities the conversation of legacy has been ongoing.
What do we leave behind, both intentionally and unintentionally as communities and individuals?
What do we value?
How do we want to be remembered?
Artist Angela Johnson
I have created a series of Artist books and small installation environments with these questions in mind. As we travel through our lives, what themes show up as recurrence?
What do you look to as your lifeboat? Does it change over time?
What does “internal” look like to you?
How do you weave a meaningful life together?
Through my personal lens, I am exploring literal and figurative connections we have to those who came before us, the natural world and each other.
About Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson is a professional artist, creativity coach and educator based in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned a master’s in Art Education, an MA in Art and an MFA with a focus in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Angela is a fixture in the Wisconsin arts scene, with 20+ years of experience maintaining public art studios, teaching workshops, facilitating programs, leading public art installations, and lecturing at universities. She has worked in museums, elementary schools, senior centers, colleges, and universities. She has inspired and helped people of every age — from toddlers to 95-year-olds — reaching far into the depths of their imagination to discover and channel their creativity. She also teaches workshops on mindfulness and yoga.
About the Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program
The Sheboygan North High School Artist in Residence (NHS AiR) Program started in the fall of 2014. Artists have collaborated with North High staff and students through various ways by implementing their love for art into other content areas. Art involves a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to production, communication to responding, problem-solving to developing an artistic voice. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to offer a) in-person or b) virtual artist-in-residencies ranging from 9 weeks to 18 weeks.
The goals of the NHS Artist-in-Residence Program are:
expand the experience of student in the field of the arts,
enrich education through art education,
provide staff with new ideas and art-driven strategies.
The Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Today artist-in-resident Angela Johnson spent the day with at North High. She facilitated a hands-on legacy box workshop with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Honor Humanities class, presented on her work with. Mr. Cater’s photography and graphic design students, spent time with Mr. Juárez’s advanced art students doing critiques, and gave a presentation to the National Art Honor Society members. Angela has been our virtual artist this school year so it was nice for our students to meet her in person.
This artist-in-residency program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Juárez co-edits his third issue alongside Nancy Walkup, SchoolArts Magazine Editor-in-Chief. The April 2022 issue focuses on Contemporary Art in a preK – 12 setting. In addition, he has a published article on our artist-in-residency program. A big thanks to the Davis Publication/SchoolArts Magazine staff for another great issue.
The Sheboygan North High Art Department is pleased to announce 15 student designed USPS postage stamps are now on display at the Sheboygan Post Office. Congratulations to the following art students: Gwen C (gr. 09), b(gr. 12), Nou Chee M (gr. 12), Keenan V (gr. 11), Kendrew C (gr. 10), Rebecca N (gr. 09), Allison S (gr. 11), Samantha A (gr. 10), Logan S (gr.12), Jacob M (gr. 12), Ranaya J-H (gr. 10), Megan B (gr. 12), Annabelle G (gr. 12), Alexandra O (gr. 10), Taylor S (gr. 10), and Maya B (gr. 10).
These large-scale post stamps measure 16 x 16 inches and were created with colored pencils utilizing 3 different techniques. They will be on display from January 28 – March 1, 2022.
The Sheboygan North High Art Department is pleased to announce that three of our art students have earned awards from this prestigious state-wide art exhibition, Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition. They are Grace Z, gr.11 (Gold Key in Photography), Megan B., gr. 12 (Honorable Mention in Photography) and Luecy X., gr. 12 (Honorable Mention in Digital Art). This year there will be no in-person awards ceremony, however, student s’art can be viewed from February 5 – March 20, 2022, in the Schroeder Galleria at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
2,000 student artworks were submitted from across the state. 300 student artworks were selected.
Congratulations to the following art students: Tristan K, Jadyn L, Olive L, Rebecca N, Madeline W, and Grace Z. Their artwork will be on display at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay until March 6th and then advance to state for the 2022 Youth Art Month Exhibition.