North and South High collaborate on an Artist in Residence Program

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Sheboygan, WI — Sheboygan North High School and Sheboygan South High School are pleased to announce that they will be working in tandem to introduce students and staff to the world of art beyond the classroom walls in their Artist in Residence Program.

L to R: Frank Juarez and Brian Sommersberger

 

Sheboygan North created its Artist in Residency Program in 2014 under the leadership of art teacher, Frank Juarez. Based on his observations, he noticed many of his colleagues were implementing strategies to teach course concepts via art production, students were given an outlet to express themselves and to demonstrate what they were learning in their classes. Through several conversations with colleagues and administration, he asked, “What if we created our own artist in residency program that would provide more creative outlets and resources to students and staff?” This school year, it will be entering its 5th year of implementing this program in to the culture of Sheboygan North.

Sheboygan South has a new art teacher, Brian Sommersberger. Sommersberger is coming from Wilson Elementary. During his four years at Wilson, he has created some of his own art programs such as the Visiting Artist Program. When he expressed that he wanted to start an artist in residency program at South, Juarez offered guidance. Both high schools will provide this program at their respective school, operating with their own ideas of how they envision this program to look like for their students and staff.

Sheboygan North and South kick off the 2018/2019 school year with Kim Nugent, artist journals, and Patty Aker, silk painter, respectively. Both artists be working in their own art studios within the schools, working with students and staff as well as making their own artwork.

About Patty Aker

Patty Aker has a passion for design, painting and textiles. Her esthetic leans towards modern, abstract and colorful compositions, reflecting nature’s tessellations. She enjoys creating with an organic slant, focusing on the environment while employing different techniques to build on texture with various paints and resists. The result belies the simplicity of her craft. Occasionally, she includes a written word or her favorite poetry to complete a piece.

Her love of fashion and sewing naturally draws her to fiber.  Silk is her canvas; it is a very forgiving medium.  Colors evolve intensely to produce the drama she wants in the fabric. Painting on silk is such an exciting experience. The paints are uncontrollable upon touching the silk and take on a life of their own, swirling, pushing, and merging into amazing contortions of vibrant color. The dye flow is tamed by various methods and the result is always a visual, textural surprise.

Aker has exhibited in many juried shows, group and solo shows. Venues include U.W. Sheboygan, Plymouth Art Center, St. Nicholas Hospital, Inspiration Studios, the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Latitude Art, Sheboygan Visual Artists, Lakeshore Art Supplies, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Denmark, Acrylic on silk, 18 x 19 inches, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

About Kim Nugent

Kim Nugent’s method of journaling often involves utilizing a picture as a starting point to spark an idea. She chooses photos that she likes and surprisingly, dislikes. Her purpose is to develop ideas, explore techniques, and to push her creativity. Working this way jumpstarts her imagination, rendering a visual journal page that would have been hard to conceive using merely a blank sheet of paper. 

Visual journaling has become something that Nugent feels compelled to do. It helps her to be calm, centered and focused. Through visual journaling she expresses herself with or without words. In her journals: she experiments with different mediums and techniques; documents important events or simple daily happenings; expresses her thoughts and feelings; draw, paint or collage. She has no rules. 

Spiraling from My Center, Collage, 9 x 11 inches, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

About Sheboygan North High School

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

Frank Juarez is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School. He is actively involved in local, regional, state, and national arts organization such as the Wisconsin Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association. He has served as a board member in the following organizations: Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Arts Wisconsin, and the Cedarburg Cultural Center. He is the founder/former director of the Sheboygan Visual Artists. In 2011, he has opened his first art gallery, the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan and has relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has presented at local universities, colleges, galleries, and artist groups on the Business of Art | Art of Business. He is the founder of two projects focused on contemporary art and art education called The Midwest Artist Studios and the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. In 2015, he was awarded the 2015 Wisconsin Art Education Association Teacher of the Year and in 2016, he was awarded the 2016 National Art Education Association Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year, joined the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, joined SchoolArts Magazine as a contributing editor, and co-founded the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program. Recently, he has been elected to serve on the National Art Education Foundation Board of Trustees and has been awarded the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Teacher Fellows Award.

About Sheboygan South High School

The Sheboygan South High School Art Department believes that art inspires students to be creative and express their feelings and thoughts through visual creation.  For many students’ art has given them an area of success and expression that otherwise would be missing from their education. The art department teaches students using a Discipline Based Art Education philosophy. The content of this instruction focuses art aesthetics, criticism, history and production. These disciplines help students understand the value of art and the different processes and techniques for creating art.

Brian Sommersberger received his art education degree from Silver Lake College receiving teaching certificates in Art Education and Adaptive Art Education. In 2017, he completed the Sheboygan Area School District Teacher Development Institute through Lakeland University. 

He has taught art at Wilson Elementary school (2014-2018), elementary and middle school art for Random Lake School District (2009-2014) and currently high school art at Sheboygan South High School. He is also the advisor for the Art Scream program and the South High Drum Line.

Sommersberger served on the Wisconsin Art Education Association board as the North East Regional Vice-President from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, he received the Outstanding Art Educator- Elementary Division Award through WAEA. He has worked with artists in the Kohler Art Industry program along with volunteering at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Looking Ahead

Sheboygan North will be hosting Craig Grabhorn, printmaker and Sheboygan South will be hosting Della Nohl, photographer, in the Spring of 2019.

For further information on this program, please email fjuarez@sasd.net or call 920.559.7181.  

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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. 

Prototyping with Clay. What if?

The Advanced 3D Design were assigned to create a product that they felt could improve their teenage lives. Students had to write the purpose of such product, create sketches, and discuss functionality. Below are some examples of what they came up with. 


Introducing the Portable Powered Outlet

My product I did is a solar and LED powered outlet. On the top it takes in solar energy and it also takes in LED lighting. In the front it has two outlets you can plug into, it also has a place where you can see how full it is. On the back it has a concave part, that’s for hanging it on things. On the lower part of the back it has buttons where you can turn on/use the LED or solar energy, there’s also an off button where you can shut off the energy for whole thing. On one of the sides it has a place where you can store small things.


Introducing the Panhou Planter

A small pot planter that also functions as a storage unit.  A drainage hole is integrated to the bottom of the pot so as to not stress the plant out with too much water. The top drawer functions as a large unit of storage for larger items that may fit in the palm of a child’s hand. The bottom drawer consists of two shallower, half units. These two compartments may be used to store seeds that are frequently lost. Each drawer has attached onto it magenta and pink colored leaves to be used as handles for opening and closing.
The product is a light gray color, but hints of lilac purple show when looked at the right way. The top of the product is designed with organic flower and vine shapes. Along the outer walls of the product are indented designs that relate to plants and gardening.

Introducing Maddie’s Marvelous Mug

Maddie’s Marvelous Mug is the name of my invention. I created this mug to save people time so they can do more important things instead of making their favorite drink hot or cold. When you’re at work wouldn’t it be nice to have a cup of coffee that stayed warm all day? After a long run wouldn’t it be nice for your water or chocolate milk to stay cold for a long time? With my mug that is exactly what happens. 
Pick up the warm colored side pointing up and your drink is automatically warm! If you pick up the opposite side with cool colors pointing down, your drink will automatically be cold! My product will save you time and energy. 

Abstract Expressionist paintings by Drawing/Painting II

Drawing/Painting II students spent a couple weeks learning about Abstract Expressionism and the works by MAS artist, Joe Bussell. As a result of their research they were to create three (3) large scale paintings using non-traditional tools such as a putty knife. Below is a snapshot of their work. In addition, students had the opportunity to Skype with the artist.


A Reflection by Allison N

I just sort of went for it. When I started the first painting, I had no clear idea in mind, I just sort of started putting paint on the paper and it went from there. The only thing I had planned was the colors, each of the paintings have a color scheme, they aren’t just random colors thrown on the page, they all have something in common. The first painting was different shades of a lavender-purple sort of color and the last two were three pastel colors, pink, blue, and yellow. I think my paintings in particular are unique because of the colors I;ve chose, I think it gives off a more ‘playful’ and ‘lightness’ sort of feel.

I actually really enjoyed using the palette knife, it was surprisingly satisfying, the way the paint glided. I think it created a nice blend when you used multiple colors, and sometimes layered the colors with just a single stroke.

I think I created a overall feel pretty well. Each painting, to me anyway, gives off a certain feeling, for example, the first one I did gives off a feeling of motion, two things responding together as I’d put it. I think I used the color element of this project to my advantage, I wanted to used colors that would go well with each other, that I knew wouldn’t give an ugly color if I mixed them together enough. I used geometric shapes for my third painting, which was a technique that was suggested.

I knew right away that I wanted one of the paintings to look as if two different ‘forces’ were responding to each other in some way, so the first painting I did was planned. The second painting was sort of on a whim, I put a line going through the entire thing and kind of went from there. The third painting was also sort of spontaneous, though I wanted it to have clean, straight lines, which I did achieve.

I only used one, and that was a pencil. I didn’t use it a big way, I mainly used both ends to make large circles and well as smaller circles and then I made small groupings of them scattered in particular places that I’d picked. Since the painting I had used this tool for was so geometric and clean, I wanted to use to circles and dots to create contrast between the two opposite shapes.

GALLERY

Artist Spotlight – Doug Arthur

This month we had fellow NHS teacher and artist, Doug Arthur share his art, influences, process, and love for illustrations with our students during our Artist Lecture Series. The questions below were provided by the Advanced 3D Design students. 

North High Art Dept: Do you make any of your art specifically to sell it?

Doug Arthur: At the moment I don’t primarily produce art to sell unless commissioned.

NHAD: Would you consider teaching for an illustration job?

DA:  It is definitely a consideration of mine. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and art

NHAD: Where is your favorite place to draw?

DA:  I usually like to find some place that is relaxing yet has a lot of interesting things going on. This means you’ll find me frequenting places like the Weather Center in Sheboygan fairly often.

NHAD: What college did you go to?

DA:  I went to UW-Stevens Point and graduated with a teaching degree in Broad Field Social Studies and History.

NHAD: What got you into illustration?

DA:  That’s a potentially very long story. I always enjoyed art from a young age. Somewhat of a start was when I got involved in making comic strips for my high school paper. It wasn’t until after college that I got more involved in illustration. I had a roommate that got me into comic books and asked me to do some illustrations for him. From there, I got more interested and continued to learn more about the craft and spend more time doing it for my enjoyment as well.

NHAD: Why didn’t you become an art teacher?

DA:  Well, to be honest, when I was in college, I came in completely undecided. My path lead me more toward history. At the time I didn’t really have an understanding of career options in art and wasn’t necessarily planning on being a teacher yet. Would I be an art teacher if possible? Definitely. But I enjoy teaching in general, so I have no regrets in that area.

NHAD: What is your favorite drawing?

DA:  I’m not sure I ever have one favorite. There is a sketchbook illustration I did recently where I tried to work on using negative space effectively, and I really enjoyed the outcome of it.

NHAD: When did you start drawing?

DA:  I started drawing when I was fairly young, but I don’t think it matters as much when you start as what you put into it. People who put time and effort into their work are more likely to create something they’ll be proud of.

Gallery

Arthur’s Portfolio