All Oak Hills High School students electing to enroll in an Art and Design Department course will develop an Appreciation of the Arts, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills, Interdisciplinary Connections, Social and Global Awareness, and Career Preparation related to Visual Communication.
Jenna Rogozinski and Olivia Burnett are the class of 2021 Permanent Art Collection winners and their work is now a part of a continuing tradition of artistic excellence at Oak Hills.
The Senior Permanent Art Collection started over 25 years ago when the Student Council decided to enrich the daily experience of Oak Hills High School students by hanging art posters throughout the building. This sparked a partnership between the Art & Design Department and Student Council- the creation of a Permanent Student Art Collection competition. The competition was established for seniors who have enrolled in any art and design course during their time at Oak Hills High School. Students could submit up to 2 original artworks to be juried, with the chosen works to be professionally framed and presented to our school district at awards night.
These original artworks have been framed by Picture Frame Co. and will be added to the growing collection of over 139 artworks prominently displayed throughout Oak Hills High School and District Office.
The Memory Project portraits that the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students created earlier this year were successfully delivered to the children and teens in Cameroon! This year, students at OHHS created 25 portraits for children in Cameroon.
“The Memory Project” is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. Over the past four years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created over 300 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, and the Rohingya in Rakhine. The ultimate goal of the project is to create portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. The project also provides an opportunity for students to practice kindness and global awareness.
This year, students at OHHS created 25 portraits for children in Cameroon. Known as “Africa in miniature,” the Republic of Cameroon is a country in Central Africa with vast geographical and cultural diversity, home to more than 24 million people. The official languages of Cameroon are English and French because the French and British governments colonized Cameroon after World War I, though the people speak more than 200 different languages and make up more than 200 ethnic groups. Life in Cameroon has been stifled by corruption, authoritarian rule, violent conflict between the English-speaking population and the government, and an insurgency by the jihadist group Boko Haram that has displaced over one million women, men, and children. Still, the children hope for a safe present and a better future. The portraits the students made for the school children in Cameroon will remind each child of their own strength and beauty; it will show them that someone living far away is paying attention to the challenges that they face.
The people at The Memory Project wanted us to know that the children were so excited to receive the portraits and absolutely loved them! They fully understood that creating the portraits was a way to show them how much the students care about their well-being and their future. The following video of the delivery shows the children receiving their portraits together at all the different locations that were involved.
One year ago on May 8, 2020, Susan Park was recognized by our Western Hills Chick-fil-a for her outstanding sculpture of her favorite Chick-fil-a meal; chicken nuggets, waffle fries and a drink. Susan created the ceramic replica artwork in Ms. Dignan-Cummins’ Sculpture class. While the artwork was on display at the District Office, it caught the attention of Glenn Carson, our IT director who shared a picture of it with a contact at Chick-fil-a local corporate headquarters. This got the ball rolling and before we knew it, the Chick-fil-a cow showed up at Susan’s house to recognize her exceptional achievement. Susan and her family were given a certificate, hot meals, gift cards for future meals, a stuffed cow, balloons and more. Thank you Western Hills Chick-fil-a for honoring our students’ hard work.
While there may have been some limitations to this year’s activities, we wanted to showcase some of the amazing works that our Art and Design students have created throughout the Oak Hills Local School District this year this school year.
Congratulations to the students selected for the Virtual Exhibition representing all of the schools in the districts:
C.O. Harrison Elementary Delshire Elementary J.F. Dulles Elementary Oakdale Elementary Springmyer Elementary Bridgetown Middle School Delhi Middle School Rapid Run Middle School Oak Hills High School
Click the link below for the 2021 Virtual OHLSD Art and Design Exhibition!
OHHS Art and Design student Patrick Thibodeaux discovered, and seized, an amazing opportunity to independently embark on a creative journey! Patrick reached out to his Drawing and Printmaking teacher, Ms. Schorsch, about the International Comic/Manga competition he was interested in creating work for during the 2020-2021 school year. The International Comic/Manga contest is a manga, comic and illustration competition open to students worldwide. Winners are eligible for cash prizes, digital creation software, pen tablets, and chances to be featured in media publications! The contest is also an opportunity to have work judged and critiqued by professional creators and apply critical feedback to boost skills. The contest winners will be announced by July. This year’s contest theme was “Admiration”. Check out the cover for Patrick’s submission, “Twisted Faith”, below!