Mr. Juarez teaches art in Ojai, California

This spring break Mr. Juarez is participating in a visiting artist program at The Thacher School in Ojai, California. He will be working with Mrs. Mahoney’s art students. He will be introducing students to the Midwest Artist Studios Project (MAS), which highlights artists living in the Midwest. In addition, he will be Skyping the artists into the classroom so that they can have the opportunity to interact with them via a critique and/or Q & A.  

On March 25th, he spent the day getting to know the art students. Mrs. Mahoney’s students are fabulous and talented. He will be facilitating a few projects from the MAS Project and will be documenting his stay. 

To see images of students working on the MAS art lessons click here

Below will be a growing gallery of images. 

AiR | Artist-in-Residence Update

This past week has been filled with a variety of creativity with classes at North High School for Artist-in-Residence, Marty Carney.  On Friday, March 11th, a group from Mr. Soik’s Honors Humanities II class chose to participate in an “ArtPlosion” in the OpenSpacesStudio.  The students created images which helped them to integrate their learning about Roman civilization and to prepare to write a major paper.  Below you see the students at work and then several of their finished products.


Students creating in the their “ArtPlosion” work.


HH II ArtPlosion 1

HH II ArtPlosion 3

Then on Thursday, March 17th, Marty  accompanied Mr. Soik and his class to the Jewish synagogue, Congregation Beth El, as they begin to explore the Jewish story as part of Western Civilization.  Below they are exploring Jewish symbols and being told stories about Jewish history by Robert Matzner, congregational leader and local Holocaust survivor.

HH II Beth El 1

HH II Jewish Stories

Midwest artist, Jessica Anderson, visits Sheboygan North High art students

On March 14, MAS artist, Jessica Anderson, spent the day at Sheboygan North High School connecting with students through her project, Meditation Walking, as the basis for her meditation drawings that she facilitated with Drawing/Painting II, AP Studio Art, and Senior Art 2 students. Jessica is one of our Year 2 MAS artists. 

Jessica’s artist statement states:

Part research, part design, part invention – my work navigates the boundary between mind and body through a re-contextualized lens of science, medicine, and biologic phenomena. Reminiscent of laboratory investigations, my invented scenarios answer questions with questions and provoke participatory explorations of the individual self.  

Taking the position as neither a skeptic nor a promoter, my research examines the role of holistic healing practices in contemporary culture. I am interested in individual relationships within these mechanisms of health and provide viewers with opportunities to test their own boundaries of belief. Reframing practices such as a detoxifying footbath, a chi activation machine, and phenomenological exercises, my re-contextualization of existing treatments heightens the tension of purpose, and provides viewers with neutral environments of investigation. 

Merging factual information with reinvented application allows me to expand the dialogue of cognitive occurrences. For instance, EMDR therapy asks patients to lean their head to the left to access thoughts and to lean their head to the right to access feelings and emotions. Redirecting this information, I then ask: Is there a discernible difference between these two cerebral directions when drawing a line? 

It is a question that can only be answered through experience, observation, and communally applied analytics. 

In my work, invitations for experience occur through demonstrative videos, interactive objects/devices, evocative statements of research, and performative exercises. Together, each of these installation elements create a multi-dimensional environment of investigative viewing, biologic questioning, and experiential answering. By repositioning scientifically grounded phenomena into the context of a gallery, information begins to transcend ratiocination and calls upon a physical conversation between mind, body, and personal experience. 

Katie, drawing/painting II student, writes, “the meditation drawing experience was very different from what I was expecting going into it. My mind works in a very mechanical fashion so I thought that I would not be able to relax and have my hand wander for a period of time. I found myself having completely letting go. Tracking time was impossible. When just sitting and doing nothing, 10 minutes felt like an eternity. Time was called when I thought we were only half way through. After completing the session, I felt more relaxed, more confident in my decisions, and more sensitive to my surroundings. I would gladly doing this again and recommend it to anyone. 

Abrille, drawing/painting II student, writes, “I felt that with this meditation drawing it was weird. At First, it was different because I never done it before. I learned that basically letting your mind take over your hand. You do not exactly create something recognizable. I thought this idea was cool because I never thought you could meditate through art. I was pretty excited with trying something new. In the end Id did get comfortable with doing this. By the time we were finished I was really relaxed, but when I opened my eyes to see what I drew it was unexpected.

Brittany, drawing/painting II student, writes, “Jessica did an amazing job! It was a great experience. I would do it all of the time. I felt refreshed. My mind was at peace. 

Mikayla, AP Studio Art student, writes, my experience during the meditation drawing was calming. I wasn’t thinking about what I was drawing, but more what I was feeling. This process taught me that to create art, I do not need to always necessarily think it through, but express how I’m feeling. I also learned that meditation drawing is the releasing of one’s mind. The thoughts and expressions in our minds flow directly into our hand and create an image on paper. When introduced to this process I was very interested. It seemed very stress free and enjoyable. After it was all done, the meditation drawing session made me feel very relaxed. I was also quite surprised by how my drawing looked. It pretty much was a bunch of scribbles, but nonetheless very enjoyable. 

Running Time: 14:17 with a 6:21 introduction by Jessica. 


AiR | Artist-in-Residence Update

This week, AiR | Artist-in-Residence Marty Carney welcomed students from Mr. Soik’s Honors Humanities II Class into his OpenSpacesStudio as they began to visualize and sketch preliminary ideas for their upcoming paper on Roman civilization.  Below you see several of their sketches in progress:


Sketching an idea…


The beginnings of a Hero…


Beginning sketch of a Roman eagle or “Aquila” in Latin




AiR | Artist-in-Residence Update

Marty Carney, the Artist-in-Residence continues to meet with Mr. Soik’s Honors Humanities II Class as they explore Roman civilization.  Next week, the class will meet in the OpenSpacesStudio to create an art project which expresses and focuses their learning thus far about Rome.  Mr. Soik is calling this event: “ArtPlosion.”  Sounds like an adventure!

ArtPlosion for Blog

Marty is also continuing the underdrawing of a canvas in preparation for painting the image soon:


AiR | Under-Drawing for Upcoming Painting