Art Happenings: Week of October 8, 2018

This week students continued to work on their pen & ink drawings in Art Foundations 3. AP Studio art student, Elena, is working on a series of global warming. Emma is rockin’ her pencil drawing of her horse. During Raider Time, students were introduced to meditation drawings. Lastly, we kicked off our artist lecture series with artist, Cristian Andersson from Appleton. He talked about his work, “Scriptorium”.

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Art Happenings: Week of September 24, 2018

North High art students are in the creative zone. Art Foundations 1 students wrapped up a radial design project focused on pattern and positive/negative space. Art Foundations 3 students were introduced to stippling, hatching, and crosshatching. Senior Art 1 students created a charcoal drawing of a still life object. Drawing Intensive students worked with white charcoal pencil and focusing on differentiating the highlights from the dark tones and everything in between. 

Students are producing great works of art. Honing their drawing skills. Learning new techniques and ways of looking at things from multiple lenses. 

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Artist Lecture Series kicks off in October with artist, Cristian Andersson

CRISTIAN ANDERSSON, ARTIST (APPLETON)

October 11, 2018

Period 6

Room 221

(not open to the public)

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BIO

Cristian Andersson is an artist working in Appleton, Wisconsin. While much of his work tends towards abstract painting, he believes that the medium must fit the message and will experiment with installation and performance based mechanisms to craft what is necessary to deliver his thoughts to the audience. His years at Columbia College in Chicago studying painting and performance, and then later graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a number of photography and printmaking courses, allowed him the platform to begin his multi-disciplinary approach.

It is through this work that he wants the audience to assess the passage of time. Question our collective past, what is remembered and forgotten, and, ultimately, how we use our history to reconcile new opportunities afforded to us through modernity. With every sea-change  in our society, Andersson asks for us to consider what it does to our humanity.

SCRIPTORIUM STATEMENT

The contemporary nature of “breaking news” is that it is pervasive. It is invasive. It is an onslaught. And, it can be addictive.

Newspapers and network television have always been sources of insight, but now with the infiltration of the news into social media and alerts presented by mobile devices, I have become constantly aware of the next social or political concern that I “have to deal with.” Maybe you feel this also. Thankfully, there is the ability to lightly skim through social media. Multi-task while the television is on, and temporarily push the storylines into the background. And yet, it is hard to completely shut out.

This work asks what happens when I do the opposite of tuning out and instead completely submerse myself into the unpredictable current of my Twitter feed and news alerts. I ask myself what are the opinions, and what are facts? I question the mechanisms of deliverance. And then, ultimately, wonder how unpredictable any of this really is. This work is the product of six months of forced inundation, and it hopes to answer what the weight of all this information looks like, and possibly hints what the impact has been upon me – and perhaps you too.

Welcome to the “Scriptorium.”


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Images courtesy of the artist.

Introducing Kim Nugent, FA 2018 Artist in Residence

We are thrilled to announce that Kim Nugent is our ninth artist in residence (AiR) at Sheboygan North High School. She is our Fall 2018 Air artist. 

The 2018-2019 Artist in Residency Program is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Art Education Association and Kohler Foundation, Inc.

About Kim

Kim’s method of journaling often involves utilizing a picture as a starting point to spark an idea. She chooses photos that she both likes and surprisingly, dislikes. Her purpose is to develop ideas, explore techniques, and to push her creativity. Working this way jumpstarts her imagination, rendering a visual journal page that would have been hard to conceive using merely a blank sheet of paper. 

“Visual journaling has become something that I feel compelled to do. It helps me to be calm, centered and focused. Through visual journaling I express myself with or without words. In my journals: I experiment with different mediums and techniques; document important events or simple daily happenings; express my thoughts and feelings; draw, paint or collage. I have no rules. ” – Kim Nugent

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Images courtesy of the artist

North and South High collaborate on an Artist in Residence Program

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Sheboygan, WI — Sheboygan North High School and Sheboygan South High School are pleased to announce that they will be working in tandem to introduce students and staff to the world of art beyond the classroom walls in their Artist in Residence Program.

L to R: Frank Juarez and Brian Sommersberger

 

Sheboygan North created its Artist in Residency Program in 2014 under the leadership of art teacher, Frank Juarez. Based on his observations, he noticed many of his colleagues were implementing strategies to teach course concepts via art production, students were given an outlet to express themselves and to demonstrate what they were learning in their classes. Through several conversations with colleagues and administration, he asked, “What if we created our own artist in residency program that would provide more creative outlets and resources to students and staff?” This school year, it will be entering its 5th year of implementing this program in to the culture of Sheboygan North.

Sheboygan South has a new art teacher, Brian Sommersberger. Sommersberger is coming from Wilson Elementary. During his four years at Wilson, he has created some of his own art programs such as the Visiting Artist Program. When he expressed that he wanted to start an artist in residency program at South, Juarez offered guidance. Both high schools will provide this program at their respective school, operating with their own ideas of how they envision this program to look like for their students and staff.

Sheboygan North and South kick off the 2018/2019 school year with Kim Nugent, artist journals, and Patty Aker, silk painter, respectively. Both artists be working in their own art studios within the schools, working with students and staff as well as making their own artwork.

About Patty Aker

Patty Aker has a passion for design, painting and textiles. Her esthetic leans towards modern, abstract and colorful compositions, reflecting nature’s tessellations. She enjoys creating with an organic slant, focusing on the environment while employing different techniques to build on texture with various paints and resists. The result belies the simplicity of her craft. Occasionally, she includes a written word or her favorite poetry to complete a piece.

Her love of fashion and sewing naturally draws her to fiber.  Silk is her canvas; it is a very forgiving medium.  Colors evolve intensely to produce the drama she wants in the fabric. Painting on silk is such an exciting experience. The paints are uncontrollable upon touching the silk and take on a life of their own, swirling, pushing, and merging into amazing contortions of vibrant color. The dye flow is tamed by various methods and the result is always a visual, textural surprise.

Aker has exhibited in many juried shows, group and solo shows. Venues include U.W. Sheboygan, Plymouth Art Center, St. Nicholas Hospital, Inspiration Studios, the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Latitude Art, Sheboygan Visual Artists, Lakeshore Art Supplies, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Denmark, Acrylic on silk, 18 x 19 inches, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

About Kim Nugent

Kim Nugent’s method of journaling often involves utilizing a picture as a starting point to spark an idea. She chooses photos that she likes and surprisingly, dislikes. Her purpose is to develop ideas, explore techniques, and to push her creativity. Working this way jumpstarts her imagination, rendering a visual journal page that would have been hard to conceive using merely a blank sheet of paper. 

Visual journaling has become something that Nugent feels compelled to do. It helps her to be calm, centered and focused. Through visual journaling she expresses herself with or without words. In her journals: she experiments with different mediums and techniques; documents important events or simple daily happenings; expresses her thoughts and feelings; draw, paint or collage. She has no rules. 

Spiraling from My Center, Collage, 9 x 11 inches, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

About Sheboygan North High School

The mission of Sheboygan North High Art Department is to create and nurture a learning environment that will stimulate risk-taking, originality, and collaboration through the use of 21st Century Skills in both studio practice and communication.

Frank Juarez is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School. He is actively involved in local, regional, state, and national arts organization such as the Wisconsin Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association. He has served as a board member in the following organizations: Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Arts Wisconsin, and the Cedarburg Cultural Center. He is the founder/former director of the Sheboygan Visual Artists. In 2011, he has opened his first art gallery, the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan and has relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has presented at local universities, colleges, galleries, and artist groups on the Business of Art | Art of Business. He is the founder of two projects focused on contemporary art and art education called The Midwest Artist Studios and the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. In 2015, he was awarded the 2015 Wisconsin Art Education Association Teacher of the Year and in 2016, he was awarded the 2016 National Art Education Association Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year, joined the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, joined SchoolArts Magazine as a contributing editor, and co-founded the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program. Recently, he has been elected to serve on the National Art Education Foundation Board of Trustees and has been awarded the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Teacher Fellows Award.

About Sheboygan South High School

The Sheboygan South High School Art Department believes that art inspires students to be creative and express their feelings and thoughts through visual creation.  For many students’ art has given them an area of success and expression that otherwise would be missing from their education. The art department teaches students using a Discipline Based Art Education philosophy. The content of this instruction focuses art aesthetics, criticism, history and production. These disciplines help students understand the value of art and the different processes and techniques for creating art.

Brian Sommersberger received his art education degree from Silver Lake College receiving teaching certificates in Art Education and Adaptive Art Education. In 2017, he completed the Sheboygan Area School District Teacher Development Institute through Lakeland University. 

He has taught art at Wilson Elementary school (2014-2018), elementary and middle school art for Random Lake School District (2009-2014) and currently high school art at Sheboygan South High School. He is also the advisor for the Art Scream program and the South High Drum Line.

Sommersberger served on the Wisconsin Art Education Association board as the North East Regional Vice-President from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, he received the Outstanding Art Educator- Elementary Division Award through WAEA. He has worked with artists in the Kohler Art Industry program along with volunteering at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Looking Ahead

Sheboygan North will be hosting Craig Grabhorn, printmaker and Sheboygan South will be hosting Della Nohl, photographer, in the Spring of 2019.

For further information on this program, please email fjuarez@sasd.net or call 920.559.7181.  

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NHS Art Trip to New York 2017

Over spring break, Mr. Juarez and 6 art students traveled to New York City to see art and experience the city’s vibrant culture and high energy. Here is a snapshot of what these students experienced. In addition to the art, they also visited Ellis Island, Chinatown, Little Italy, Radio City Music Hall, Rockerfeller Plaza, Top of the Rock, Central Park, saw Miss Saigon, and even met one of the Rockettes!

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Interview with Artist – Justin Thao, NHS art alumnus (2010)

This month we had NHS art alumnus and artist, Justin Thao visit North High to share his art, influences, and process with our students. The questions below were provided by the Advanced 3D Design students. 

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North High Art Dept: Do you create your own papers?

Justin Thao: As a designer, we are trained to understand the overall process of developing an idea into a marketable product. I am currently not making my own paper just in case I have to mass produce my work to supply demand. But in the long run I am considering making my own paper to give the piece more value and innovative feature. But I do creative my own graphic patterns, which I can print in my room.

NHAD: If you make a wrong crease, do you start all over?

JT: People underestimate how important it is to fail. I have made so many bad creases over all in my life that I just throw them away. But there are some that I keep so that I may be able to recreate those folds and hopefully find something better. Most of my innovative origami pieces are created by making random creases.

NHAD: At what age did you realize what you were really passionate about?

JT: I realized that I was good at folding origami back in Elementary school. It all just came naturally to me. I understood the fundamentals of folding paper but I merely took it as a hobby. Beginning my journey as an artist in my freshman year at North High in Mr. Juarez’s class was the initiation of my art/design career. Even though I did not know where art would take me, I took a leap of faith and trusted in what I was good at. Through long hours, hard effort, and concentrated focus, I am able to find the purpose of my skills.

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NHAD: How did you come up with your designs?

JT: They are all generated by accident. Let me explain. With a sense of direction and knowledge of the kind of folds needed to create a desired look or functionality, I was able to find interesting folding features. It’s like digging for gold and suddenly you find gold after hours of searching. But of course as I am folding paper, I am always keeping a watching eye on how the paper evolves and learning what it can do. Through several experiments and understanding of the folding designs, I am able to create these innovative origami pieces.

NHAD: How long do you take to work on your designs?

JT: Many of my work take either several months or years. Some of my simple designs may take a day to make, but those type of simple work do not evolve much. Some of my work like the mushroom lamp is taking me 2 years overall because it started when I accidentely made the smaller mushroom origami more than 2 years ago. Then recently this year I just started to push this mushroom origami into a valuable product. Some of my work do take a couple of months or years, but I do have smaller projects on the side that occupy my time. I am always working on something.

NHAD: How long does it take you to fold the papers?

JT: Some of the origami pieces may take 10 minutes and they usually do not turn into anything special. But the ones that take more than 30 minutes usually turn out well. One of my project back then involved folding a gear out of paper. After taking 2 to 3 hours to figure out the patterns, making the final product took me nearly an hour just to fold. No matter how long it takes for you to do your own work, you need the passion to endure the process because without passion, you will find yourself tired and dragging your feet.

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NHAD: What courses did you take in college?

JT: I did take some drawing courses where we drew naked figures all day. I involved myself with sculpture to learn how to free the creative side of myself because my design courses are about following guidelines and learning how to cope with limited creativity. I knew that learning how to be free and creative while understanding how to be precise and conservative was the answer to being a successful designer. Now these type of courses are really helpful in developing my business where I am able to push the boundaries while meeting customer satisfaction.

NHAD: Did Mr. Juarez have any influence on you at all?

JT: Mr. Juarez had a lot of influences on me. He is the one who took me under his wing and taught me the foundation of art. He guided me and corrected me when I needed it. His was even generous enough to help give me assignments to enhance my portfolio for entering Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design college.

NHAD: How did you learn to do Origami?

JT: I learned through reading origami books back when I was in high school. I had no one to teach me and there weren’t many out there nearby that could teach me. So I relied on myself through hard effort and curiosity to learn it all by myself. Once I learned how to fold some of the generic origami folds, I quickly became bored. Most of them to me were either too complicated and pointless or simple and meaningless. I am always hungry for interesting origami designs but there are way too few of them out that that can satisfy my thirst. Instead of relying on the chance of finding something, I would create them instead in order to satisfy my thirst.

NHAD: What made you start your own Origami business?

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JT: There were many reasons why I decided to start my own origami business, but here are a few of them:

  • My passion for origami became overwhelming and started to inspired everything I designed.
  • Having my own business and my own successful line of product is the only to prove to other larger companies that there is value within origami. Most people see it as an arts and craft and nothing more valuable than that.
  • Pushing my own ideas to the market is the only way I can do what I want without having larger companies control and change the ideas into something they want it to be.
  • Having the freedom to design anything I want and see it out in the market is truly satisfying.

NHAD: Do you ever get discouraged and if you do, how do you overcome it?

JT: There are always people out there who do not believe in what I am doing. Even my own family seem like they support me, but the truth is they do not. I knew before I started this path as an entrepreneur is that it is very important for me to believe in myself. If my faith in my own work is little and gentle, then it would be easy for others to break it. To stand strong against others even when I am the only one is necessary for success. But of course it is very important to be realistic with yourself and see the potential of your own work. To overcome the people who discourage my work and my business, I had to learn how to cope with my own way of thinking: to guard my mind and the kind of negative thinking that would cripple my business while being realistic all at the same time.