Artist Lecture Series | Kay Jelinek Visits North High Art Department (Part I)

Today Sheboygan-based artist, Kay Jelinekvisited my period 6 Drawing/Painting I & Portfolio I art students. Kay is participating in our art department’s Artist Lecture Series. Here are some photos taken from today’s activities. 

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The Artist Lecture Series was created in 2009 as a response to further expose, educate and engage students to the world of art that exists locally and regionally. The premise of this in-school program is to invite local and regional artists working in various subject matter, media and genres to share with my students how and why artists create art. This can take form in a presentation, a demo or a workshop.This gives art students the opportunity to hear an artist talk about the challenges and successes of being an artist today, view original works of art, and to interact with the artist. As an adult it can be difficult to talk to an expert or a professional about the creative process, which is why exposing students at a young age will allow them to work through this barrier to prepare them for life after high school.

Op Art by Portfolio I Art Students

These paintings were created by Portfolio I Art Students. Students were to stretch and prep their own canvas, create two color studies of potential op art designs and determine the best composition that will allow them to create the illusion that they are aiming for. 

These paintings are done with acrylic. 

Op Art by Elizabeth

Op Art by Kristi

Op Art by Hannah

Central Admin Display

A big shout out to student teacher, Ms. Mortimer for hanging 17 works of student art at the Central Administration Building, 830 Virginia Avenue. These pieces are located on the 2nd floor. They will be on display until December 1, 2012. This display consists of Radial Designs and Self-portraits by Art Foundations 1 & Senior Art 1 students.

The fabulous Katie E. Martin-Meurer from UW-Milwaukee visits North High Art Department

Today, we had the pleasure to have a visit from the fabulous Katie E. Martin-Meurer (UW-Milwaukee). She talked to my Drawing Intensive students about the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. This marks the 4th year that she has come to engage my students in life after high school as well as informing them on the great art programs offered at UW-Milwaukee. 

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Click here to learn about the Peck School of the Arts

Click here to learn about Katie E. Martin-Meurer

Photo credit: Ms. Mortimer, Student Teacher

Introducing student created postage stamps

The Drawing Intensive art students were instructed to create a large format (16×20″) USPS postage stamp based on themes given by the art teacher or better yet they could propose their own idea. These student created postage stamps have become a tradition with the Sheboygan post office. These stamps will be on display over the holidays starting in late November 2012.

In the meantime, here is a slideshow of their work. 

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Come Out & Play | 75th Anniversary Mural

Below are dates and times in which the North High Art Department will be onsite at North to facilitate our continuation of mural painting. Please note: dates are subject to change as well as completion date. 

Participation is free. 


Questions can be directed to Mr. Frank Juarez at or 920.803.7699.


Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence | North High Art Department

Saturday, September 29 marked North High’s 75 year anniversary celebration. To commemorate this milestone the North High Art Department facilitated a community-based mural. This was one of many opportunities to get involved in painting this mural designed by Sheboygan native, Dale Knaak. 

A special thank you to our principal, Mr. Jason Bull, for giving us the opportunity to share our passion with others. 

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Stay tuned for a listing of upcoming painting opportunities. No experience necessary. If you can hold a brush, then you can paint. 

Photographs taken by student teacher, Ms. Mortimer.