The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective On Resilience

The Sheboygan North High Art Department is pleased to announce that AP Studio Art student, Emily F, will represent our school at the The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin.

MOWA is having an opening party on Saturday, May 7th 2-4pm for the opening of three exhibitions – The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience, Marion Coffey: The Art of Color, and Khari Turner: Mirroring Reflection. The MOWA Teen Council will be sharing their collaborative zine in response to the exhibition (pay as you can donation), MIAD staff will be available to meet with students, and music and a cash bar will be available to enjoy. Remarks at 3:00. Looking forward to seeing you all there! (LINK) Every artist and submitting art educator will receive complimentary admission to the opening for themselves and 2 additional guests

Emily F

“There Is Still Hope”

2022

acrylic on canvas

20 inch diameter

More students or friends interested in joining? No problem- everyone is welcome! Single-day admission to the museum/opening includes a membership that offers free unlimited access for an entire year. This starts at $15 for 1 person, $23 for 2 and $50 for a whole “crew”. If someone is already a member the event is free! 

The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience runs from May 7 through July 3, 2022.

MOWA is located at 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, Wisconsin 53095

Web: wisconsinart.org

Now On View: Senior Art Showcase

April 8 – April 29, 2022

In this exhibition, seniors Megan Butler, Florence Butterfield, Emily Fisher, and Luecy Xiong display a sample of work that they have been working on since the start of the school year. These works are part of a larger body of work focused on a unique teen perspective ranging from fear to identity and the environment to growing up.

Coming soon – integrated Spanish tiles by Mrs. Flynn’s Spanish 5 students.


Megan Butler

“If These Walls Could Talk”

Film Photography

24 x 30 in

2022

This film photo is one of my favorite pieces so far. The shadows and the stress really bring out the mood of this shot. This abandoned house has an interesting backstory. I wanted to capture its history by bringing out the dark shadows that it naturally has. When I look at this house, or even through the windows, there are so many things that scatter my mind. When choosing a title I wanted to choose an interesting point of view. I thought it would be very fascinating to have the walls of the building tell the story. Never would I have thought of this perspective before, but this point of view would be intriguing in any building. I hope to dig deeper into this house and do a shoot from the inside out.

Megan Butler

“Disassociation”

Digital Photography

11 x 14 inches

2021

For this self-portrait, I wanted to create something that portrayed how I feel when I am photographing. By using a method called long exposure, I was able to create this abstract image. When I am photographing I feel as if I am disassociated from reality. There is something that photography provides that makes me feel like a whole new person. People do not see what is underneath just by looking at somebody or something’s surface.

Megan Butler

“Decomposition”

Woodcut Print

12 x 16 in

2022

Nature, no matter what it is, is beautiful. Whether that be plants, life, death, or decomposition. Decomposition can often be seen as unpleasant. Personally, there is so much more to it than revolting smells and sadness. The end of one life can also be beautiful. Instead of viewing death as the end of something, understand that there are many more opportunities ahead of you. Begin to realize that death is natural and beautiful in many ways.

Florence Butterfield

“Spiders of Fear”

Polymer clay, wood, and yarn

11 x 11.5 inches

2021

The spiders represent fear. It topples over one another becoming a mountain of anxiety. The anxiety is already sunken in the mind. Tangled up in its own string of web. Nesting where they feel safe. Absorbing the sounds from within not being able to use your voice. The darkness surrounds my presence, not being able to see or think.

Emily Fisher

“Greenhouse”

Watercolor

11 x 9 inches

2021

A greenhouse is both environmentally friendly and sustainable for agriculture. The benefits of this include reduced water consumption, the ability for people to grow their own food and know exactly what goes into it, and the use of ethical building materials such as glass. I incorporated all the elements of what makes a greenhouse sustainable in my piece.

Emily Fisher

“Sprout”

Digital Art

8 x 8 inches

2022

I was given the opportunity to be selected for the Innovator Fellowship, a program designed to allow students to create a project about which they are passionate. For my project, I chose to focus on the environment and create an opportunity for people to engage with the natural world. I’m accomplishing this by creating a storybook trail within Sheboygan’s Ellwood H. May Environmental Park. I’m creating and illustrating a children’s book displayed on signage along the Maple Forest Loop trail. My project aims to teach others how to be good environmental stewards through nature, physical activity, literacy, and art.

Luecy Xiong

“Sunflowers”

Pen & Ink

11×14 inches

2021

Sunflowers represent devotion and happiness. “Backstabbing” refers to the action of criticizing someone in a cruel/treacherous manner while feigning friendship. I portrayed the act of betrayal by illustrating the absolute trust an individual has lost. One’s kindness being taken advantage of is belittling, cruel, and dishonest. 

Luecy Xiong

“Sea Beyond the Horizon”

Digital

11×17 inches

2021

The overwhelming suffocation drowns the minds of many students. Some forget there is much more to life than a piece of paper- that there lies a bright light in the far distance awaiting them. I wanted to accentuate this magical-like feeling by incorporating sea life into my piece.

Luecy Xiong

“Dislike

Pen & Ink 

12.5 x 19.5 inches

2022 

We frame ourselves in a negative manner on social media. Constant comparisons, negative messages, and overwhelming hate feed onto an individual’s own esteem to the point of dissociating their online persona from their in-person self. Despite the drainage of one’s own mental capacity, many individuals continue to consume media out of helplessness, validation, and depression. 

re·sem·blance: New Works by Angela Johnson virtual art exhibition now online

Click here to enter virtual art exhibition.

Madison-based artist Angela Johnson was our first semester (virtual) artist-in-residence, which her residency carried over into third quarter working exclusively with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Honors Humanities class. In this virtual art exhibition you’ll see works that she has been working on from 2021 to 2022 as well as a snapshot of her visit to Sheboygan North High. This exhibition runs from March 21 through June 10, 2022.

About re·sem·blance

This body of work was inspired by my interest in nature, balance and telling stories through individual and collective memories through the idea of legacy. Through my virtual Artist in Residency here at North High School, I have been working with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Senior, Honors Humanities Class since October of 2021. From class discussions about the birth of civilization, to discussions from Gilgamesh to Opedius Rex and modern day communities the conversation of legacy has been ongoing.

  • What do we leave behind, both intentionally and unintentionally as communities and individuals?
  • What do we value?
  • How do we want to be remembered?
  • Artist Angela Johnson

I have created a series of Artist books and small installation environments with these questions in mind. As we travel through our lives, what themes show up as recurrence?

What do you look to as your lifeboat? Does it change over time?

What does “internal” look like to you?

How do you weave a meaningful life together?

Through my personal lens, I am exploring literal and figurative connections we have to those who came before us, the natural world and each other.

About Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson is a professional artistcreativity coach and educator based in Madison, Wisconsin.  She earned a master’s in Art Education, an MA in Art and an MFA with a focus in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Angela is a fixture in the Wisconsin arts scene, with 20+ years of experience maintaining public art studios, teaching workshops, facilitating programs, leading public art installations, and lecturing at universities. She has worked in museums, elementary schools, senior centers, colleges, and universities. She has inspired and helped people of every age — from toddlers to 95-year-olds — reaching far into the depths of their imagination to discover and channel their creativity. She also teaches workshops on mindfulness and yoga.

About the Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program

The Sheboygan North High School Artist in Residence (NHS AiR) Program started in the fall of  2014. Artists have collaborated with North High staff and students through various ways by  implementing their love for art into other content areas. Art involves a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to production, communication to responding, problem-solving to developing an artistic voice. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to offer a) in-person or b) virtual artist-in-residencies ranging from 9 weeks to 18 weeks.

The goals of the NHS Artist-in-Residence Program are:

  • expand the experience of student in the field of the arts,
  • foster creativity,
  • enrich education through art education,
  • provide staff with new ideas and art-driven strategies.
The Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

SchoolArts Magazine, April 2022 Issue

Artist-in-resident Angela Johnson Visits Sheboygan North High School

Today artist-in-resident Angela Johnson spent the day with at North High. She facilitated a hands-on legacy box workshop with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Honor Humanities class, presented on her work with. Mr. Cater’s photography and graphic design students, spent time with Mr. Juárez’s advanced art students doing critiques, and gave a presentation to the National Art Honor Society members. Angela has been our virtual artist this school year so it was nice for our students to meet her in person.

This artist-in-residency program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

SchoolArts Magazine April 2022 Issue – Contemporary Art

Mr. Juárez co-edits his third issue alongside Nancy Walkup, SchoolArts Magazine Editor-in-Chief. The April 2022 issue focuses on Contemporary Art in a preK – 12 setting. In addition, he has a published article on our artist-in-residency program. A big thanks to the Davis Publication/SchoolArts Magazine staff for another great issue.

Here are a few screenshots of his contribution.

Click the link to read this issue: https://www.davisart.com/schoolarts/issues/

Virtual Artist Talk with Erica Barringer, class of 2014

New to 2021-2022, we will be creating a new series focused on North High Art Alumni and what they are doing as young creative professionals. This platform provides us the opportunity to talk about various topics relating to college and career readiness and to share it with our students.

In this episode, Erica Barringer (class of 2014) talks about how her creative work as an art director in Los Angeles, the importance of meeting deadlines, and engaging in personal projects to balance work and life.

“The type of art I do in graphic design is bold and graphic, where I really try to express ideas in a clever, fun and entertaining way. I use typography, iconography, and photography to create visual communication pieces and design systems. While craftsmanship is extremely important to me, I try hard to produce art that goes beyond “pretty”. My goal is to create pieces that are cinematic and memorable”

– Erica Barringer

Erica Barringer is a Los Angeles based art director who specializes in advertising and entertainment. She uses photoshop and illustrator to design and bring visual concepts to life. She’s created a variety of work from logos, brand identity, presentations, out of home placements, commercials, and products.

She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2017 with a BA in Advertising and Advertising Art Direction.

She’s worked on clients such as Barbie, Samsung, Google, Quibi, E!, as well has been a Webby Nominee (2020), Young Ones ADC merit winner (2017).

This video is edited by Artdose Magazine. In collaboration with the Sheboygan North High School Art Department.

This series is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.


View past artist talks here

Welcome Angela Johnson, Fall 2021 NHS Artist-In-Residence

Angela Johnson, Artist

The NHS art department is pleased to announce its fall artist-in-residence. Angela Johnson is a professional artistcreativity coach and educator based in Madison, Wisconsin.  She earned a master’s in Art Education, an MA in Art and an MFA with a focus in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, we have extended the option to artists to do their residency in-person or virtual. Angela will be virtual.

Click here to learn about Angela.

The 2021-2022 Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Virtual art exhibition,”PSYCHE: Surreal Intuitions”, featuring new works by our Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Liala Amin

PSYCHE: Surreal Intuitions features 20 works on paper by Spring 2021 artist-in-residence, Liala Amin. All works were created at her Milwaukee art studio in Walker’s Point. Due to COVID-19, we shifted our program to become virtual for the North High community.

This exhibition will run through August 31, 2021.

Psyche 

psy·che

/ˈsīkē/ 

“the human soul, mind, or spirit.” 

Who am I?

The answer to that question is found through introspection. Self-discovery arrives in soul-searching. 

The spirit moves in seasons, constantly forming and changing. To find meaning I turn to what my body and mind speak and translate dreams and emotions into free flowing images. This is intuitive making, letting the unconscious speak. 

Human experience is vivid and transformation endless.

Click here to access this virtual art exhibition.

How to navigate virtual art exhibition

View Exit Interview with Liala Amin. Facilitated by Frank Juarez, art department chair. Click here.

Studio Visit with artist-in-residence, Liala Amin

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.

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by a grant from The Kohler Foundation, Inc.