2020 Fall “Celebrating Art” OHHS Art and Design 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 27 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Fall 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 Dignan-Cummins’ Ceramics, Honors Enamels, Mosaic, and Glass, and Studio Art AP 3D Design classes:

Kylie Cornelius
Jamie Damico
Julia Hageman
Molly Lorenz
Maiya Taft
Sammie Gerde
Riley Ludwig
Sarah Bosse

From Groh’s Art Foundations class:

Lillian Heil
Lilly Keith
Katie Long

From Kopf’s Painting and Mixed Media classes:

Anna Caito
Sydney Dance
Susan Park

From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, Painting and Mixed Media, and Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing classes: 

Kylee Adams
Samantha Bradley
Olivia Burnett
Bailey Drummond
Henry Groh
Gabby Hancock
Skylei James
Logan Jones
Rebecca Kaiser
Chloe Meadows
Erin Olakanmi
Sophia Osborne
Paige Smith
Jaelan Sow
Anna Thomas
Madison Williams
Sarah Young

OHHS Art and Design Teacher Exhibiting in the SOS Art Retrospective

Mark your calendars for the SOS Art Retrospective (2016-202) that will be on exhibition at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center from January 9th to February 27th, 2021!

OHHS Art and Design teacher, Jamie Schorsch, will be exhibiting in the Retrospective. Her piece, “Routine Education”, was selected for the exhibition which features 90 artists whose works address themes of peace and justice. 

Check out the information below for details regarding timed ticket entry, outdoor viewing options, events, and artist interviews!

Jamie Schorsch, “Routine Education”, 2018

“’Routine Education’ is a commentary on the gun violence epidemic that impacts schools in America. Following the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I researched events of gun related violence in schools in order to raise awareness to the magnitude of the problem. The numbers in my piece represent the amount of documented shootings, deaths, and injuries in American schools from the late 18th century until March, 2018.”

World AIDS Awareness Day/Day With(out) Art: 2020

December 1st marks the annual observance of World AIDS Day, one of the most recognized international days and a key opportunity to raise awareness in communities across the world about the state of the pandemic, and critical next steps that must be taken to halt its spread. This year, 2020, marks the 32nd anniversary of World AIDS Day. Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st, 1988 as a national day of action and mourning, aligned with World AIDS Day, in response to the AIDS epidemic. Over 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art by shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Over the years, Day Without Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations, libraries, high schools, and colleges take part. 

Oak Hills High School has been a part of this tradition for over 24 years. In 1997, Day Without Art switched the approach to a Day WITH Art, in order to recognize and promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention to the continuing pandemic. The name was retained as a reminder of the impact the disease had on the arts and entertainment communities, but parentheses were added to the program title. Day With(out) Art highlights art projects intended to inspire communities to action by creating art and awareness about AIDS.The artist’s role as a social commentator and activist has been engrained in the history of civilization and culture.

Art and its creation as a response to social and political issues can be a powerful catalyst for influencing and raising public awareness resulting in positive social change. Art has a long history of using social commentary as a weapon of change or enlightenment. German expressionist artist Kathe Kollwitz created artworks that centered on themes of poverty, unemployment and worker exploitation during WWI and WWII.  Mexican muralist Diego Rivera used his art as a tool to vocalize for the oppressed against their oppressors. In April 1937, the world learned the shocking truth about the Nazi Luftwaffe’s bombing of Guernica, Spain- a civilian target- through Pablo Picasso’s great anti-war painting, Guernica. American Pop artist Keith Haring created public works to raise awareness about issues of drug abuse, corruption in government and societies- such as the Berlin Wall in Germany and South Africa under apartheid. These artists expressed their opinions and message to the literate and illiterate alike and earned worldwide recognition.

To mark the anniversary of this event, the Art and Design Department at Oak Hills High School focuses on the positive and influential role the arts play in AIDS activism- as well as in other social, global and political issues.  Artwork will remain uncovered as a way to draw attention to the possible future roles our current art students may play in our globalized future. Typically, throughout the week, over 200 Art Foundations students work to create collaborative mural panels that focus on empowerment, and activism, through the arts inspired by the style of artist Keith Haring as a part of the observance of World AIDS Day. Due to barriers created by the current COVID-19 pandemic, students will focus on creating individual designs throughout the week, centered on Global Issues, in lieu of their collaborative creation.

View images of the students in action with their creations this year, as well as samplings of past collaborative murals, below.

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: www.girlrising.org

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 www.ohioarted.com 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”