Artist in Residence Happenings as of December 5

What a fun week!  Firstly, Ms. Jorgensen brought Portfolio students Sam and Ashley to my studio to discuss altered books, which are works of art that are created from books already in existence.  And since Ms. Gloede has a plethora of these books for kids and faculty to use, it was a perfect match!


I also took time out of my creating to see Rafael Salas, art professor at Ripon College.  He was here at North to talk to Mr. J’s 6th hour students.  So many great and varied artists have visited the SNHS Art Department this semester, and I count myself lucky that I’ve been able to see some of them!


Artist in Residence Happenings as of November 28

The week before Thanksgiving is always a short one, so what better time to do some updates?  While Ms. Jorgensen was teaching, I helped Mr. J hang a new display created by Dr. Michels’ and Mr. Johnson’s Social Studies students – these are their “cave paintings”.  Even better?  The students were able to put their own spin on these drawings, including in the drawings things that are important to them.  They even wrote an artist’s statement on the back.  What a fantastic way to incorporate art into the curriculum!

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Patty Aker visits Sheboygan North High Art Department

The Artist Lecture Series is an in-school program at Sheboygan North High School that invites local and regional visual artists to share their journey as artists with the beginning, intermediate, and advanced art classes. Visiting artists present and expose art students to such as but not limited to: a digital portfolio, actual artworks, talk about about careers, and the opportunity to interact with the artists. This program is organized by the Sheboygan North High Art Department. 

This semester we invited the following artists to participate in our Artist Lecture Series: Sara Willadsen (Sheboygan Falls), Molly Sampson (Green Bay), Amy Jarvis (Fond du Lac), Marty Carney (Sheboygan Falls), and Patty Aker (Cleveland). This series is offered in the Fall Semester of each school year. 

If you would like to be considered for this in-school program contact Frank Juarez, art department chair, at fjuarez(at)

About Patty Aker

Growing up in England in the Swing’ 60’s exposed Patty Aker to the glamour of that era. At the beginning of the Millennium, she returned to college to pursue her passion for art and fiber. She attended class at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the University of Wisconsin Sheboygan.

Her current work started when asked to create a baptismal banner for her church. She endeavored to paint the banner on silk. The project took many months of trial and error. The experience was so wonderful and addictive that it has spurned a cottage business venture, Gaelic Sands.

Painting and sharing art experiences, learning new techniques and teaching silk painting workshops are a crucial part of her world.

Photos from her artist talk & demonstration. Courtesy of the NHS Art Department. 



“The Passing of Time” Works in Progress

A drawing typically captures a moment in time; a still, motionless instant. For their current project, Drawing Intensive students are creating drawings that show change or transformation. By utilizing layers of tracing paper and a drawing medium(s) of their choice, the students are being challenged to create works of art that illustrate “The Passing of Time.”

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