Day of the Girl 2020 and the OHHS Art and Design “Girl Rising” Project

Day of the Girl is an international observance day declared by the United Nations first celebrated on October 11th, 2012. The observance of the day supports increasing opportunities for girls and increasing awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. Inequalities include areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women, and forced child marriage. The celebration of the day also “reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning, and research.”

Communicating Social Narratives: “Girl Rising”

During the 4th Quarter of 2020, while engaging in Remote Learning, Drawing and Printmaking students worked to create a narrative image based upon one of the story vignettes that they selected after viewing the film “Girl Rising”. “Girl Rising” uses the power of storytelling to change the way the world values girls and their education. The approach to the rendering style of the project was inspired by contemporary artist Kara Walker. Students studied the approaches taken by Walker in addressing issues of race, sexuality, and gender through her silhouetted forms.

The students went through an extensive planning process involving the deconstruction of concepts addressed by the stories of the girls in “Girl Rising” into symbolic elements that translated the essence of their journey into a single frame, or image. The compositions students created demonstrate the unification of their notes and sketches taken during the viewing of “Girl Rising”, research related to the girls’ stories, and preliminary project planning.

Check out some of the works created below:

To learn more about “Girl Rising” and their programming supporting the education of girls around the world, visit:

OHHS Art and Design Students Selected for the 2020 OAEA Emerging Artist Show

The OAEA (Ohio Art Education Association) High School Show showcases Ohio’s Emerging Artist artistic efforts. The Emerging Artist show is dedicated to showcasing artistic efforts of students who have only had the chance to take one or two art classes in high school. The competitive professional forum is intended to prepare young artists for their creative future in college or in an art career. This showcase is designed to inspire new artists to excel in areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, computer art, photography, and printmaking. Everyone involved should be proud of the students who inspire, creative thinking, problem-solving and skillful techniques.  

The Emerging Artist show will be exhibited virtually at on October 17th, 2020. Everyone is invited to watch this wonderful event where students will receive certificates, prizes, and special awards for “Best in Show”. The show will include a guest artist who will tell her story of being an artist and show her artwork.  

Congratulations to the following students from Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking and Studio Art AP 2D Design classes for being selected to exhibit at this year’s Emerging Artist show.

Caden Cadle “Save the Bees”
Kyle Okamoto “Frustration”
Chloe Meadows “Drift”
Scarlett Shorten “Precious Moments”
William Weinheimer “Not a Care in the World”

2020 Summer “Celebrating Art” Students to be Published!

“Celebrating Art” is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of student art. The intent of their student art contest is to motivate student artists. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative works of today’s student artists.

Students recently submitted work and 10 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Summer 2020 “Celebrating Art”!  Only the best art is selected to be included in the full-color hardbound art book, “Celebrating Art”. Additionally, final judging for “Top Ten Artist” and “High Merit Artist” awards will be completed and announced soon. The following students should feel honored. This is not a contest where every entry is invited to be published and is a highly selective competition. Thousands of entries were not invited to be published. Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from students.

Congratulations to the following students:

From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking and Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing classes: 

Alexis Hetzel
Rebecca Kaiser
Lindsay Krauser
Alyssa McRoberts
Chloe Meadows
Mia Schorsch
Scarlet Shorten
Emma Sedlack
Destanie Sexton
William Weinheimer

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“Ro Bros” Set Up Residency in Hamilton’s North End

OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch was hard at work during the sweltering summer creating a large scale mural for 802 Heaton St., located in the North End neighborhood of Hamilton, OH. Schorsch was a part of a team of two other local artists: Logan Walden and Kinsey Downs working with StreetSpark on the creation of the mural. Formed through a partnership between the City of Hamilton and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, StreetSpark is a program founded to further the art identity in the city through exciting public art projects. This program creates arts engagement by producing high-quality murals, building opportunities for local artists, and enhancing the visual appeal of the city. StreetSpark brings visible murals and artwork into the community with the goal of fueling Hamilton with art.

Logan Walden designed the mural selected by the StreetSpark Mural Committee for the Heaton St. “Ro Bros” features two larger-than-life robot brothers amidst a vibrant pink sky. The neighborhood where the mural is located has an industrial history and is in a residential area where all ages are present; so the design pays tribute to the area’s past while offering something contemporary and fun for all ages. 


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