Sharing Student Success: Get Published in SchoolArts Magazine

In 2015, the Sheboygan North High art department had its first student artwork published in SchoolArts Magazine. We were so thrilled to see our student’s work published in a national art education magazine. Seeing the expressions on our students’ faces when we tell them that their work has been published is priceless. To date, we continue to have our students’ work published.

No matter what you teach, it is important to show the world the quality of student work that is being created inside the classroom. As professionals, it is our responsibility to seek out those opportunities to help our students shine. We will never know what type of impact it can have on a student unless we try. Make it happen. 

Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year!

Artist Melanie Ariens visits Sheboygan North High Art Department

image courtesy of the artist

Melanie Ariens is a multi media artist with a passion for the Great Lakes and freshwater issues.  Her work is her advocacy, communicating about and celebrating our shared water resources.  As Artist-in-Residence for Milwaukee Water Commons,  she plans and facilitates creative, water inspired art experiences for local water leaders and community groups believing art has the power to inspire and engage the community in social and environmental issues.

Melanie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992, specializing in painting, drawing and printmaking, but has always enjoyed mixing it up, collaborating and experimenting, allowing the concept determine the media.

Why JustLoveNOH8?

Since childhood, I have always found hate strong and scary, and have felt downright terrified if I ever felt close to feeling it. Many years back, when I was fearful I was feeling true hatred, my father said that when we feel that way, we needed to recognize that we were in a place that required more compassion. Nothing productive comes from a place of hate and no healing can happen unless there is civil discourse and an effort to understand each other. This might sound funny, but a few years after that incident, I don’t know where he found them, but he gave me some No Hate running socks – just the word HATE on the cuff with that red circle with the slash through it. I still have those socks and my teenage daughter has swiped them from me, but I am glad that message is still running around my house.

I was exhausted and distressed after 2016 campaigning season and election, and still am, and you may be, too. My way of dealing with this has been to design this iconic image and promote the very basic, but often difficult, idea of not hating. Others have promoted NOH8 in the LGBTQ community and beyond. I had a deep desire to contribute to that effort and expand on it to an even broader concept of inclusion and love, for Immigrants, Blacks, Veterans, Disabled, Women, and any other group that feels marginalized, including people that don’t think like me.  

This has been a rich and healing endeavor, with friends joining me in the studio to print, people taking the posters to marches, hanging them in their windows, and gifting them to friends. I have been generous with the design and have allowed other organizations to print the design to spread this positive message in their community. At this point, I estimate 2000+ posters have been printed. I hope this story along with these prints & stickers, is healing for you, too! And if you have read this far, I am so deeply appreciative of your time and attention in thinking about this with me. Join me in the NOH8 community.

 

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AIR Happenings as of May 22nd

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!

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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!

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Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!

AIR Happenings as of April 24th

This week Sara had a blast collaging with Tiffany Diven’s Broadcasting class! As a way of exploring methods on how to be more present and disconnect from the constant barrage of technology around them, students spent two class periods creating analog collages made with a variety of found materials.

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More traditional collage materials such as magazine, newspaper and book scraps were incorporated into their pieces along with less conventional ones like food and 3-dimensional objects.  A lot of thought and creativity were also put into the presentation of these collages, as many students utilized both sides of the paper and others made their work more sculptural or interactive. Students’ openness to experiment with the materials available and not feel limited with what they could do was inspiring to watch!

These collages will be on display in North’s 2nd Floor Gallery space until May 13th.

“Rocking It” to a New School Year

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This summer’s artventures bring new ideas into the art room. These ideas are going to expose our students to a wide variety of contemporary art being produced locally, regionally, nationally and internationally by emerging, mid-career and established artists. Introduce our students to artists who embraced their art education in elementary, middle school, high school or college, which as a result have encouraged them to pursue their passion – to create art. Also, to educate our students about the importance of connecting art education to other content areas through new programs such as our Artist in Residence Program and our 2nd Floor Gallery. These ideas will provide an avenue to consistently engage our students in learning both inside and outside the classroom.

todd mrozinski behind the scene1One project that we will be implementing is called the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. This project is an online blog in which artists from across the globe are interviewed and introduce to its growing readership on a daily basis. The other project is called the Midwest Artist Studios (MAS) Project. This project is designed to connect a contemporary art studio practice with art education. The MAS Team went on a week-long road trip interviewing artists from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. These visits were documented via photographs, audio and video. As a result from this trip, lesson plans will be created based on the artists’ work to be implemented into classroom instruction and educators having access to these artists via Skype or Google+. 

Alongside these projects we continue to provide our students with a high school gallery internship at the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan.