Cooper Diers exhibition ends June 6, 2017 at the NHS ARTifacts Gallery, 2nd flr.
Hello all! My time at North High has ended. I finished my last week next week and pass the baton to Cooper Diers.
I had such an amazing time and loved engaging with students learning about their multiple creative individual expressions. There are a few projects that are continuing into the second semester. However, for now here are the last pieces that I worked on with students and that I finished myself. Thank you to all of the staff and teachers for their interest and connections and I look forward to seeing you all again.
This is a winter mural project that the students and staff helped to create which is now hanging in the basement hallway. Please take a look at the mural. They worked on it in 3 stages: drawing, painting, collage. This last step of 3-D materials are to reference, snow and wind blowing, ice over a beautiful expressive landscape. It is 5 feet by 24 feet. The students moved their bodies, laughed, focused together and shared a collective creative experience. They seem very proud of their work so don’t be shy stopping into Beth’s room to respond to their mural and just say a quick hello! I’m sure it would mean a lot.
Below are some of the ceramic pieces that I had finished my last day at school. They were originally created thinking about water and the seas however after glazing them and putting them into the firey kiln…they appear much more rock like and less fluid. I made 28 of these small ceramic pieces sized 2.5″x 2.5″x 1.5″. Below are just a few of the finished ones.
There are larger wall hangings that were finished at this time shown below. These are all being added to my ceramic painting cache.
My exhibition of 16 of 48 wooden paintings was great. I loved making them and working with the scrap wood, the teachers and the students that assisted. Here is an image of the show:
Thank you for letting me walk the halls and connect with you. You work so hard to make this the amazing and inspiring place I found North High School to be. Hope 2nd semester goes well for all.
Lastly, thank you to Frank Juarez for all you do.
Erica Jane Huntzinger www.ericahuntzinger.com
Happy New Year 2017 all! My residency is winding down and there is still so much to do and create. It has been an incredibly rich and wonderful time being here. Posted below are some of the current things going on…
This is an image of the large mural we have been working on with Beth and her students. They have finished stage 2, watercolor painting over their drawing. This will be their creation of a winter scene for their large bulletin board in the basement. Stage 3 to come next week….snow.
The clay work done by several students in now finally out of the kiln and ready to be glazed for their final firing. You are able to see the detail and objects they impressed into the clay. Stay tuned
Updates on some of the other projects: the postcard project didn’t get off the ground but it is a good idea for possibilities in the future. The elevator proved to be too difficult and late in beginning to tackle. However, there is a very special project connecting 2 of the classes with students who have extra needs with some of the engineering students. Photos and explanations to come soon… very exciting. The Honors Humanities class with Mr. Soik are working on ArtPlosion final visual art piece to tie together some of the big ideas they discovered in reading and talking with each other. There will be an end of the year book that documents some of their creations, documentations and finds.
My exhibition in up in the NHSARTifacts Gallery on the 2nd floor. There are 18 wooden paintings with an artist statement about the work. There will be a reception this Thursday from 3:45 – 5:00p. Please join us.
Marty is our fourth artist in residence at Sheboygan North High School. A reception is a great way to celebrate the success of the artist’s accomplishment during our Spring semester. Although his time was dedicated to connecting with NHS students and staff he also created several paintings. Receptions are always unpredictable. It is probably one of the most nerve racking parts of being an artist because you never know who is going to show up.
In this case, Marty had a fab turnout. It was great to see our administration present, aspiring poets, fellow colleagues, former artists in residence, and friends. For the third time, Ms. Cavanaugh’s poetry students wrote poems based on a painting from the artist they liked and read them to the people present. The poetry readings are starting to become a tradition that has found a home at NHS. Marty shared how his paintings were influenced by ecology. Mr. Soik, Honors Humanities teacher, shared how having Marty weekly made a difference in how his students interacted with the artist resulting in a beautiful assemblage.
This program has presented many wonderful opportunities to strengthen our bond as a North High community as well as to welcome unexpected events and embracing them whilst letting things flow where they may.
This week, I had the overwhelming pleasure of working with all 26 of Erin Belongie’s 6th hour Composition class!
When Erin approached me last month about wanting to integrate a visual art form with the topic of the “American Dream,” I thought it might be a fun challenge to apply those concepts by having the students construct their own diorama or reliquary. Continue reading
Liz Ann Lange is about to wrap up her residency at Sheboygan North High School. She is the third artist in residence that we have had in the past 1.5 years. This program is supported by the Sheboygan Area School District and Sheboygan North High School. It is always magical to see student interact with professional artists. There is always a high level of enthusiasm in the air.
The Sheboygan North High Artist in Residence Program is designed to expose, educate and engage the North High community to local and regional artists each semester during the current academic school year.
Running time: 9:48
What a fantastic week it has been!
The studio felt worlds away during the Winter Break, but in returning I felt I was able to pick right back up where I left off.
My time last week was spent preparing and mounting my little exhibit in the 2nd floor hallway gallery, as well as putting together last Thursday’s PowerPoint presentation for Mr. Juarez’s Artist Lecture Series!
I presented to Mr. J’s 2nd hour students on Thursday, the 7th.
After the presentation, we had a little bit of time for the students to tour the studio and ask some questions. Sharing my process and experiences with young minds is something I don’t do very often, so it was a good learning experience for all! They asked some pretty good questions too, and I was glad to see they were engaged and interested in what I had to say.
During the opening reception early Thursday evening, something beautiful and unexpected happened: Sylvia Cavanaugh’s Poetry Club met on the viewing benches in front of my work, and each student began choosing one painting to base a poem on.
They then recited their poems in front of their chosen work.
I was awestruck to hear the words, interpretations, and ideas that my paintings had sparked!
It was really special to me to witness the convergence of these paintings and their poetry.
The past month has been so busy that I neglected to write much of anything down!
I prepared and hung artwork in 2 separate exhibitions, one of which I had approximately 10 studio days in which to build and paint 12 panels before the day of installation.
I also was able to lend some helpful suggestions to Mr. Soik’s 4th hour humanities class, as they were doing another “Artplosion” project based on a wide array of interconnected topics. The class ended up using a storyboard format to express their topics of interest.
Last Thursday I had a fantastic time hosting one of the Brown Bag Lecture Series lunch talks right here in the studio! It is a chance for faculty and staff to get to know what I’m doing here, when they might not otherwise have been able to deviate from their busy schedules and routines.
We sat around the studio tables and I gave a little background about myself then opened up to questions. I really enjoyed being a part of this program.
On Friday evening (December 11th), I will be taking down my exhibit at Lakeland College. As a 2010 alum it was an honor to come back as a visiting artist and exhibit in the same space I hung my senior exhibit, as a student then, nearly 6 years ago.
Next week I will be meeting with Carrie McGoldrick‘s classes on Monday and Tuesday to help the students approach a political cartooning assignment. I hope to draw on a bit of my graphic communications knowledge to help the students transfer their ideas to paper.
On the 12th, 13th, and 15th of October, I met with Mr. Soik’s Humanities class.
I was there for the students if they needed feedback on their individual ideas for his “Artsplosion” exercise, which he implements as a way to get the students to hone in on an essay topic that relates to the material they’ve been working on so far this semester.
They had a lively discussion on Monday, which mostly centered on the book, Feed, by M.T. Anderson.
On Tuesday, the class reviewed the exercise guidelines and the students began to work out their ideas for the project.
I was there to offer feedback and suggestions from the visual arts perspective.
Then, on Thursday, the students continued working on their projects. One of the students had a concept she wanted to expand on so we headed to the studio where she could work out her ideas in paint.
This past week, I have been working on making more plywood panels to continue working on an idea for a series of paintings I started. The series is based on some vintage 1960’s photographs I inherited from my godmother after she passed. They were images from one of her travel photo albums that stood out to me.
The series will be called, “Other Peoples Memories,” and I have been cutting lots of plywood – 2 large sheets, into 16 panels – in anticipation of continuing this series.
It is my hope that I can complete one or two more paintings for this series in time to be mounted in the Bradley Gallery at Lakeland College, where I will be in a two-person art exhibit with another painter, Agata Augustine.
I feel honored to have been invited back to show my work as an alumni. I last showed there as a student almost 6 years ago, with 3 others, for our senior portfolio exhibitions.
The show will run from November 6th through December 11th.
The last couple weeks have been busy with many projects! Sara gave a presentation on 1970’s poster design to four of Carrie McGoldrick’s history classes and then worked with them to create their own posters depicting important issues in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Many students recreated specific design styles that emerged in the 70’s and focused on topics like civil rights and the Vietnam War. Check out the creative posters they made below!
Sara is also part of the two person exhibition currently up at The Frank Juarez Gallery, open on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm or by appointment. On the final day of the show, Saturday, June 13th, there will be a more in-depth artist talk from 3-4pm. All are welcome to attend!
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!