On view: Johnson’s Mosaics at NHS ARTifacts Gallery

Mosaic Project 2019

January 24 – February 24, 2020


Students In Mr. Johnson’s Western Civilization class researched ancient Roman mosaics as part of their exploration of Roman History and created reproductions. Students were evaluated on their research and artistic creations including authenticity, technique and creativity. 


Students created the tesseraes or tiles out of old magazines. The color saturation of the pictures in the magazines give the final mosaics texture and depth. The mosaics in this collection were selected through student voting and represent some of the best mosaics in terms of authenticity, effort, and creativity.

Reception photos: Artist-in-residence Jeanette Clawson at Sheboygan North High School & student poetry reading

On January 16, the art department hosted its 11th artist-in-residence reception at the NHS ARTifacts Gallery. This semester our staff and students had the opportunity to work with artist Jeanette Clawson.

Senior Hailey G wrote two poems in response to the artist’s mixed media works.

First poem

Rolling and turning

Growing and molding

Never completable 

And end never attainable

Second poem

Piece by piece step by step

There’s never a start never a finish

Day by day growth goes on

Never a beginning never an end

Never completion

Only progression

About the Sheboygan North High Artist in Residency Program

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The SNHS Artist in Residence Program supports and enhances the importance of visual arts curricular integration across all disciplines at Sheboygan North High School. It provides the North High community with a hands-on approach to the process of art making through its resident artists, continues to nurture community building, and to be accessible to SNHS teachers as a resource. 

Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media such as but not limited to: drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and mixed media.

This program has been supported through a grant by the Sheboygan Area School District, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Wisconsin Art Education Association.

North High art student featured in SchoolArts Magazine

Congratulations to senior Ashley E for being published in the February 2020 issue of SchoolArts Magazine. You can find her work in the Clip Card section of this issue. 

February 2020 Issue of SchoolArts Magazine
Colored pencil USPS large scale postage stamp. Currently on exhibit at the Sheboygan Post Office.

About SchoolArts Magazine

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts.

Ceramic Workshop for North High Staff

On January 16, the art department hosted its first hands-on workshop for North High staff & teachers with the assistance from members of the National Art Honor Society. The workshop is divided into two sessions. The first session was to create a clay wall pocket. The second session, which will take place on February 6th is the glazing of the bisque ware.


North High Art Students State & Milwaukee Art Museum Bound 2020

“Power” by Lily-rose B

Congratulations to Senior Lily-rose B. Her photograph titled, “Power”, will be receiving a Silver Key Award at Milwaukee Art Museum as part of the 2020 Scholastic Art Exhibition. Her work will be on display at the art museum. She will be recognized in early February. Over 1,500 students entries are submitted from across the state. About a third are selected for this highly anticipated student art exhibition.


Congratulations to the following art students: Abigail O, Jasmine S, Alexander T, Dior R, Ted W, and Abbey X. Their art work will advanced to the state exhibition at the Rotunda in Madison in early March. Junior Abbey X will be receiving a regional art award at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay this weekend.


March is Youth Art Month.

Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. It is observed in March, with thousands of American schools participating, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.

Scientific Illustrator, Rebecca Jabs, visits North High Art Department

Manitowoc-based scientific illustrator, Rebecca Jabs, visited our advanced art courses today.

Rebecca graduated in 2016 from the Science Illustration Graduate Program at California State University at Monterey Bay, following eight years as a K-12 Art teacher in the Manitowoc Public School District. Rebecca freelances from her home studio.

Working both large and small across a variety of digital and traditional media, Rebecca’s work is an observation of nature with a hint of narrative. She gathers her inspiration through exploration of wild places, hours of birdwatching, and a desire to learn the names and relationships between the flora and fauna encountered.

Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, we’ll be hosting more local artists from our community.

Visit www.rebeccajabs.com to see Rebecca’s illustrations.

Introducing our 2019-2020 National Art Honor Society Members

2019-2020 NAHS NHS Members

Holly Backus, Lily-Rose Butterfield, Adanna Carlos, Emily Jose Castillo, Alexandria Gable, Molly Geiser, Ayane Kubiak, Ava Lazarewicz, Areana Meise, Kathryn Schuchardt, ShyAnn Thao, Venus Thao, Sara Vang, Abbey Xiong, Luecy Xiong, Plai Kou Xiong, Mao Yang, Finn Young, and Angelica Zietlow.

2019-2020 Executive Board

  • Lily-Rose Butterfield, President
  • Sara Vang, Vice-President
  • Abbey Xiong, Secretary
  • Plai Kou Xiong, Treasurer
  • Angelica Zietlow, Historian

The Sheboygan North High Art Department is pleased to announce its second year as a National Art Honor Society (NAHS) chapter. This is the first chapter of its kind in our North High history dedicated to the visual arts. 

Visual arts education is essential to 21st-century learning. As a NAHS chapter we will be utilizing the NAEA to stay ahead of developments in the field of arts education by being introduced to a broad perspective of important research, issues, and policy trends that are important. As a NAHS chapter we are connected to thousands of chapters from around the globe who are passionate about the integral role of the visual arts in ensuring all students to receive a high-quality, effective, and well-rounded education. 

We believe that the National Art Honor Society will contribute to our goal of getting our students college and career ready. In addition, introducing students to a diverse art offering beyond the walls of North High will expand their minds, to participate in new art experiences, and to engage leadership opportunities. All of which will contribute to their personal, artistic, and academic growth. Student success is very important to us and our commitment is to assist them in their journeys.

Art teachers impact others through best practices

For Immediate Release

Sheboygan North High

Art Department

2926 N. 10th Street

Sheboygan, WI 53083

Contact Information

Frank Juarez, art department chair

fjuarez@sasd.net

Press Release

Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Local art teachers from the Sheboygan Area School District were selected from a pool of 120 art teachers from the state of Wisconsin to present at this year’s fall conference in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA) conference runs from October 17 – 18, 2019 at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  This conference brings over 300+ art educators from across the state to learn new teaching strategies, opportunities for networking, present on topics that are making a difference inside their art rooms, and to rejuvenate the creative spirit. This Fall, four Sheboygan Area School District K-12 art teachers will be presenting. They are Michelle Jorgensen (Sheridan Elementary), Frank Juarez (Sheboygan North High), Brian Sommersberger (Sheboygan South High), and Mary Starnitcky (Pigeon Elementay).

Michelle Jorgensen and artist, Erica Huntzinger, will be presenting on “Art Therapy Techniques in the Classroom”. They will be sharing the art therapy techniques that Huntzinger brought to the elementary schools during her artist residency at Sheridan, Washington, Lincoln Erdman, Pigeon River, Etude Elementary and Jefferson last school year. 

Frank Juarez will be presenting on “Social Networking via Skype”. This presentation introduces an innovative way to connect art students with professional contemporary artists from across the globe. Skype is a great platform to engage students in critiques, Q & A, virtual tours of artists’ studios, building art community, and so on. 

Brian Sommersberger will be co-presenting with local artist, Craig Grabhorn, on “Malibu of the Midwest” Surfboard Making”. This presentation will provide K-12 art teaches with a new perspective into the surf culture of Sheboygan and how it became known as the Midwest Surfing Capital! The presentation will feature the process of board making along with student and community experience. Cultural connections to the great lakes and the shores of Sheboygan will also be highlighted.

Mary Starnitcky will be presenting on “How to connect with your little artists”. This session will take art educators to new ideas and a few hands-on art projects to make art classes maybe run a little smoother.

About WAEA

The mission of the Wisconsin Art Education Association is to promote excellence in visual art and design education for all students by providing professional growth opportunities for visual art and design teachers, showcasing student talents and abilities supporting art and design as academic core disciplines, communicating with other art and design organizations, and offering lifelong learning opportunities acting on vital art and design education issues.

For further information, please email Frank Juarez at fjuarez@sasd.net.

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