NHS Artist Lecture Series welcomes Megan Woodard Johnson, mixed media artist

The North High Art Department is happy to announce its November visiting artist, Megan Woodard Johnson. 

Megan is a mixed media artist living in West Bend, WI. By layering vintage ephemera with paint, various drawing media and found objects she tells evocative stories which speak to universal experiences as well as personal memories. 

She studied Graphic Design and Printmaking at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. She is a member of the Cedarburg Artists Guild and the League of Milwaukee Artists. She has exhibited her work in numerous shows and galleries in Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. 

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AIR Happenings as of April 16th

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!

AIR Happenings as of February 26th

In two of Dr. Michels’ Social Studies classes we discussed Leonardo da Vinci, the arts during the Renaissance period, and the act of perception. Following this talk we did a couple drawing exercises including drawing some organic shapes, drawing flowers with our non-dominant hands, drawing the figure from an upside-down reference  and blind contour (drawing without looking at the paper). These drawings turned out awesome and many of them are now being exhibited outside of room 218!

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Last week Sara introduced color theory to an Interior Design class and discussed important terms and concepts and how they relate to design. Everyone created a color wheel and got to see how various colors relate to each other within various color schemes and harmonies.

AIR Happenings as of February 18th

It has been a busy couple weeks working with various classes at North as well as in the studio!

This week I had the chance to work on a very colorful art project with Beth Cesario’s class during their art time. We made glue sun catchers by filling plastic and metal lids with a layer of glue, adding some acrylic paint, and swirling this mixture around with the ends of paintbrushes to create a swirled pattern. When these dry they will each have a hole punched out and string added so they can be hung up.  All of these turned out great; we’re all looking forward to seeing them completed and hanging in the windows!

There are also many new collages and drawings in the studio. Below are some of those more recent works!

AIR Happenings as of February 10th

Hello all! I am so happy and honored to be your Artist in Residence this semester! Thank you to Mr. J and the rest of the faculty at NHS for inviting me to be a part of your community.

Much of my work explores the concept of landscape and utilizes found materials to create invented spaces and structures. Below are some views of my new work space as well as a couple in-progress images of what I have been working on since beginning this residency.

If you would like to see some of my work in person, I have a couple small collages and drawings hanging in the display case outside of the art room; feel free to take a look!

I am very excited to be an art resource for the students and faculty as well as have the opportunity to further develop my artistic practice. I will be working in room 17 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8am-4pm, so everyone is always welcome to stop by and check out what I’m working on!

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Artist in Residence Happenings as of December 5

What a fun week!  Firstly, Ms. Jorgensen brought Portfolio students Sam and Ashley to my studio to discuss altered books, which are works of art that are created from books already in existence.  And since Ms. Gloede has a plethora of these books for kids and faculty to use, it was a perfect match!

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I also took time out of my creating to see Rafael Salas, art professor at Ripon College.  He was here at North to talk to Mr. J’s 6th hour students.  So many great and varied artists have visited the SNHS Art Department this semester, and I count myself lucky that I’ve been able to see some of them!

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