On Saturday, March 20th Mr. Juarez took a drive to Walker’s Point in Milwaukee to see what artist Liala Amin was up to in her studio. Liala is our Spring semester artist-in-residence working virtually with our staff & students.
Liala Amin is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the facets of femininity through themes of spirituality, mythology, and personal identity. While painting is her preferred medium, her work includes mixed media paintings, drawings, and textiles. She flows between mediums to explore the intuitive nature of art making. Amin considers her art a visual journal and an outlet to manifest introspection, storytelling, and process.
Amin graduated from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers. Her work has been exhibited within Midwest group exhibitions and has received features in several publications. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Var West Gallery in Milwaukee.
About the Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residence Program
The Sheboygan North High Art Department created the NHS Artist in Residency Program (NHS AiR)in the fall of 2014. This 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. Our artist in residence works with our staff and students for one semester (18 weeks). The AiR program is currently in its fourth year.
The goals of the NHS Artist-in-Residence (NHS AiR) Program are:
to expand the experience of each student in the field of the arts,
foster creativity, enrich education in any given subject,
to present staff members with new ideas and options for instruction.
We end the 2018-2019 school year with two amazing programs, The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and the Artist-in-residency Program (AiR).
The Sheboygan North High Art Department officially became 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 new NAHS chapter we utilized the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to stay ahead of developments in the field of arts education by being introducing a broad perspective of research, issues, and policy trends that are key in art education. As a NAHS chapter we 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 reaching our building goals. 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 provide leadership opportunities, which will contribute to their personal and academic growth. Student success is very important to us and our professional goal is to assist them in their journeys.
The NAHS Chapter created three committees focused on fundraising, community outreach, and beautifying our school environment through art.
We created partnerships with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the MEAD Library.
Below is a collection of images that our students participated in as well as a video celebrating the completion of our “Be the Next Generation” Mural, an exit interview and artist talk with Craig Grabhorn, and poetry readings.
Mural in progress
National Art Honor Society’s (NAHS) mural, “Be the Next Generation”, is a gift to North High School and its students. As you can see, it pictures the words, “be the next generation” underlying a sprouting seedling. Planning the mural, we wanted the sprout to symbolize everyone who feels lost or isolated while also standing for growth. Nature is an empowering force. No matter where, it finds a way. Even from the concrete, nature erects itself in masses of green foliage. A sproutling is small, inferior, and feeble. We could easily uproot it with our bare hands, but sproutlings grow. They persevere between the concrete and with time they rise to the sky and become towering trees. We are the trees, we can grow and become greater things. We have always persisted; from the very beginning when we were wild and instinctual, to now where we face the stresses of everyday life. We grow and adapt. We become today and the rising suns of tomorrow.
The word “generation” is a major point of the mural. Each letter was painted by a different member of NAHS with what they perceived as “the next generation” or simply their thoughts on the phrase and their inspirations. By incorporating the “art” into the word “generation” we are literally proclaiming that what we, all of us, aspire for in the future will become the next generation.
We want to encourage and inspire the generations of now to take a stand for both others and themselves, regardless of their skin color, their background, their gender, their sexual orientation, and etc. You don’t have to conform to the society of yesterday. Be who you want to be and who you need to be for the good of the world. – Sara Vang, grade 10
Artist-in-residency with Craig Grabhorn (Exit Interview)
Hear what he has to say about his experience at North High as a visiting artist.
Video: End of the Year Celebration at Sheboygan North High School
In this video we share with you the unveiling of “Be the Next Generation”, artist talk with Craig, and poetry readings by students & advisor (in response to Craig’s art).
Mr. Juarez co-edited the April 2019 Issue of SchoolArts Magazine. This is his second time co-editing.
Bottom left corner: drawing by Emma Wilson, grade 12. Design inspired by the work of Albert Chamillard.
Bottom right corner: a quick lesson inspired by the work of Albert Chamillard.
This article was written by Ms. Cavanaugh, Social Studies teacher and Poetry Advisor. For the past 4.5 years her poetry students responded to the work of our artist-in-residence. They would read their poetry during the artist’s reception.
Sheboygan North High Artist in Residence, Erica Huntzinger talks about her work. This body of work was created during her residency at NHS. There will be a total of 48 “wood paintings” in this body of work.
To listen to her artist talk fast forward to 10:45.
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.
“Mission Garden,” the first in a new series of paintings by Liz Ann Lange.
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!
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.
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.
Spring is off to a busy start! Besides gearing up for the upcoming art activities planned for several classes, Sara has been preparing for the two-person show she will be a part of opening May 9th at the Frank Juarez Gallery as well as the exhibition she will have at the end of May in North’s 2nd Floor Gallery. Below are some studio views of in-progress work for these two shows!
Before break Sara had been working with Kris Flynn’s Spanish class to create Trees of Life. Traditional Mexican Trees of Life are clay sculptures that depict the Biblical story of creation, but for this project students each created his or her own two-dimensional autobiographical tree. Students brought in various materials to make their trees including family photos and collected ephemera like ticket stubs and hair. Many creative approaches were taken so check out the in-progress and now completed trees below!
Mind mapping is still going strong in Ms. Cavanaugh and Ms. J’s classes! Below is more of the progress made on these maps during week 2. Everyone is really looking forward to seeing these in their completed forms!
Sara also met with students in Chad Stauber Soik’s Humanities class to help brainstorm ideas for the art component of their current essays which include topics such as religion, hope, and technology. Drawing, photography, and other visual mediums were discussed to figure out how to best present each student’s concept.
In the studio, there are collages and drawings everywhere! Sara has been busy creating pieces for her upcoming two-person show, In Tandem, opening in May at the Frank Juarez Gallery.