Reception for NHS Artist in Residence, Patty Aker, and poetry readings

Best of luck to our Fall 2017 artist in residence, Patty Aker, in pursuit of her creative endeavors. 

We had a memorable time hosting Patty this past semester at Sheboygan North High School. 

Click here to learn about Patty and to see what she was up to with our students. 

A big thanks to Ms. Cavanaugh and her poetry students for reading their poems during Patty’s reception. Always a pleasure to experience. 

North High students participate in Here We Make A Home Exhibition at Latino Arts, Inc in Milwaukee

6 NHS students will be representing Sheboygan North HS in a collaborative group show to take place in Milwaukee focusing on immigration stories. Students were under the guidance of Frank Juarez (art) & Sylvia Cavanaugh (poetry club).

Featured artists: Madison Capetillo, Richard Castro, Panhou Lee, Tyrone Luscious, Toni Soriano, and Dalinee Vang.

Dalinee Vang and Madison Capetillo will be doing a public reading of their poem.

There is a public reception on Friday, December 1st from 5-7pm at the Latino Arts Gallery, 1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee 53204.

The exhibition will run from December 1, 2017 through February 16, 2018. 

About the exhibition

The Here We Make Our Home exhibit invites teachers and students to explore the visual, poetic, and metaphoric imagery of a birdhouse. Students involved will create a unique piece of art that tells their personal journey story possessed through family heritage or personal experience. Birdhouses were selected as the vehicle for storytelling to represent the idea of home, settlement and migration.


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. 

Sheboygan North High Choir graphic notation (music)

For the past few months, NHS AiR artist Cooper Diers worked with several staff and students. It was great to see Cooper connect through music & art. 

Below are the performances of the graphic score for the Vocal Spring Recital (including a backstage clip of the students working through the piece before taking it to the stage). People attending the concert were encouraged to come up to a table with the paper and markers and draw, write, make a symbol or mark and it would be performed as music later in the evening. The audience and the performing students seemed to equally enjoy the experience and it was a real treat for me to be a part of the creation of it.

Videos courtesy of Cooper Diers.