2020-2021 Virtual Artist Lecture Series with artist Mel Kolstad

The Sheboygan North High Artist Lecture Series (est. 2010) is an in-school program at Sheboygan North High School. We invite local and regional visual artists to share their journey as artists with the beginning, intermediate, and advanced art classes. Visiting artists present and introduce art students to such as but not limited to: how to present a portfolio, share a body of work, facilitate an art demonstration, or talk about about their artistic journey. This provides our students the opportunity to interact with the artists. 

Due to COVID-19 we will be offering our artist lecture series as virtual artist talks for this 2020-2021 school year. 

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Virtual Artist Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc. This artist talk series is in collaboration with Artdose Magazine.


In this episode, artist Mel Kolstad talks about her creative process, the joy of working small, and the art of drypoint printmaking. 

In 2018, Mel Kolstad was honored to present a TEDx talk about her art at TEDxFondduLac. It was entitled,“Channeling your Inner Kid for your Career”, and she spoke about how the things we loved when we were kids many times find a way into our lives when we’re adults. 

It’s an axiom she lives every day. In her art practice, which has narrowed considerably in the last three years or so, she creates tiny drypoint and watercolor prints, usually in large series of 25 or more. Each of these series’ themes hearkens straight to the things she loved as a kid – vintage ephemera, her stamp collection, anything tiny, anything having to do with foreign language. 

In creating these works, she is fortunate enough to be able to relive the magic she initially felt when experiencing these things more than 40 years ago, and feeling the joy and wonder of surrounding herself in her interests makes going to work every day a sheer pleasure. She never runs out of ideas. 

About Artdose Talks
The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Virtual Artist Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc. This artist talk series is in collaboration with Artdose Magazine.

January 2021 Issue of SchoolArts Magazine focuses on Compassion

The January 2021 Issue of SchoolArts Magazine focuses on Compassion. Click the link below to access it online.

https://www.davisart.com/schoolarts/issues/2021/compassion/


Since 2015, the art department has been submitted a revised version of its curriculum for publication in this nationally recognized magazine committed to advancing K-12 art education throughout the U.S.

We are thrilled to announce that art student, Evangeline J’s Op Art drawing is featured as one of this issue’s Clip Cards.


Art teacher, Mr. Juarez, has an article published on Pandemic, Protests, and Perseverance.


About SchoolArts Magazine

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

NAHS News: Summer 2020

Hot off the press – the NAHS News featuring our report from Sheboygan North High School Art Department. Being a NAHS Chapter has made a difference on how our students view and share the world of art with their fellow students, teachers, staff, administration, and district.

“Reflections on this Moment in Time” – an Art Foundations 4 online exhibition

Galleries, arts center, artist run spaces, and art museums have all closed since mid-March due to the pandemic. Many of which canceled or postponed their exhibitions and events until further notice. At Sheboygan North High School, we have an exhibition space called NHS ARTifacts Gallery, which showcases all of our students’ works from across all content areas. To continue our programming, we’ve put together an online exhibition featuring new works by our Art Foundations 4 students.

The Sheboygan North High Art Department believes that art should be shared beyond the walls of our school. Nowadays, art can be shared through various platforms, many of which are now being used online. We experience art from all over the globe through virtual studio tours to ZOOM artist talks, augmented virtual art exhibitions to social media. This exhibition, “Reflections on this Moment in Time” provided our Art Foundations 4 students the opportunity to use art as a way to reflect, respond, and connect to what is happening right now through their art, their creativity, and their perspective.


Exhibition

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A COVID-19 Coloring Book (downloadable)


A note from Mr. Juarez

On March 17th, schools across Wisconsin closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I noticed a trend forming with higher education and how it would change education after Spring Break. Not knowing how this would affect K-12 public education and noticing an increase in online activity on social media regarding this pandemic and how it was going to change the infrastructure of art education made me think about our art students.

There is a group on FaceBook called Online Art Teachers. In this group, I reached out to an art teacher, Angie Hamele Szabo from Forth Atkinson High School, to see if I could use an activity that she created and assigned her students called YAY Art Bingo.

One of the drawing prompts that I kept as part of our version of YAY Art Bingo was Covid-19 is changing our world overnight and it is very surreal. Create a piece that captures your feelings and thoughts in this moment in history. At the time, I wanted my students to create a piece of art to fulfill the requirements of the project. Little did I know, that this pandemic would become our reality and change how we currently teach art.

The weekend before Governor Evers’s announcement stating that school would be closed until April 4th, I had somewhat of a plan.

The thing that I love about art is how it provides us with a way to express ourselves. It is a great medium to reflect and to make sense of what is happening. No matter where we live, we are all facing the same challenges. 

How do we cope with what is becoming our new norm? In what ways can we find comfort in what we experience from our own homes? How can we use art to heal?

This coloring book is a compilation of drawings that my Art Foundations 2 and Senior Art 2 students created based on their thoughts, feelings, and their level of understanding surrounding this pandemic. It brings me joy knowing that art can be a way of escape even if it is for a moment. 

This PDF can be downloaded and shared. 

Courtesy of the Sheboygan North High School and contributing artists. 

Mr. Juarez

Art Department Chair

Reception photos: Scholastic Art Awards at the Milwaukee Art Museum

On Saturday, February 8, the Milwaukee Art Museum hosted its 44th Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony featuring a diverse range of student artworks from middle and high school art students from across Wisconsin.

We are happy to announce that senior, Lily-rose Butterfield received a Silver Key in photography.

The exhibition will be on view in the Schroeder Galleria until March 15, 2020.