2019-2020 OHHS PTA Reflections District Winners Announced for “Look Within”

The District level PTA Reflections winners have been announced. “Look Within” is the theme for this year’s PTA Reflections Program which has been bringing the arts to life form more than 10 million students since 1969. Reflections encourages students of all ages to unleash creative talents and be inspired; express themselves imaginatively in their artwork; experience the fun and joy of making art; tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme, and receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

The winning entries have been sent on for further judging at the county level and could advance as far as the state and national level! Congratulations to the following OHHS Art and Design students on their accomplishments:

Darrien Bockting
Kayla Kessen
Kyla Sprague

Visual Arts
Callee Plunkett
Carly Shiplett
Selena Holmes

Elisabeth Keith


World AIDS Awareness Day/Day With(out) Art: 2019

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, 2019, marks the 31st 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 23 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.

Throughout the week, over 200 Art Foundations students will 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.  Students also created individual designs throughout the week, centered on Global Issues, that will be displayed alongside their collaborative creation.

Celebrating Art: Summer 2019 High Merit Students Announced

Congratulations to the 2 OHHS Art and Design students whose art was selected as a High Merit piece for the Summer 2019 Celebrating Art competition and publication! Having a High Merit award means the art was an exceptional piece. Out of thousands of entries received for the Spring 2019 contest, it stood out as being one of the top 5% submitted. Students who have art selected as High Merit work will receive special recognition in the book as it is displayed as a High Merit piece.

Congratulations to the following students:

From Ms. Schorsch’s Studio Art AP Drawing class:

Allyson Albertz “Sweet Treats”

From Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking class:

Mackenzie Sexton “Little Blue Bunny”

2019-2020 PTA Reflections Submissions

The National PTA Reflections competition was developed as a way to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. The Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.  Each year, students in grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through film production, dance choreography, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. The 2019-2020 Reflections program theme is “Look Within”

Best of luck to the following students who submitted work for this year’s competition and stay tuned for results!

Literature Entry:
Elisabeth Keith, “Her

Visual Arts and Photography Entries

“The Nature of Us” with “Art in Root”

Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking students were visited by some furry and amphibious friends as a part of the “Art in Root” program they are participating in this year. “Art in Root” is a three-step program designed to create connections between high school students and nature through art. This program features a combination of a field trip to a park, an in-class visit and an art exhibition to immerse students in nature and translate their experiences into fine art. This year, artists are working with the theme of “The Nature of Us” and will create artwork based on human impact and interaction with nature that will be exhibited later this school year.

In September, the students participated in the first portion of the program with a nature hike at Miami Whitewater Forest. For the second portion of the program, our Interpreter of Nature, Brittan, brought in artifacts that humans leave behind in nature as well as some live animals. The students were able to learn more about the creatures that inhabit our parks while visiting with and photographing, Sandy the Tree Frog, Cheeto the Box Turtle, and Clover the Rabbit. These students will now be creating artwork inspired by these experiences for an exhibition in the spring which is the culminating experience of the “Art in Root” program designed by the Great Parks of Hamilton County.

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