OHHS Art and Design and SOS Art Cincinnati 2019

SOS Art Cincinnati sponsors a yearly SOS ART Show and Event of creative expressions for peace and justice. This year, OHHS Art and Design students from: Art Foundations; Painting and Mixed Media; Drawing and Printmaking; and Studio Art AP Drawing and 2D Design classes will be participating in the event. Students will be exhibiting alongside many established artists, including OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch, all addressing issues related to peace and justice.

The  primary objectives of SOS Art Cincinnati are:
To promote the use of art as a vehicle for peace and justice and for a better world.
To provide art-related educational programs towards peace and justice for all ages.
To help facilitate the creation and development by local artists of literary and artistic works focused on peace and justice.
To help create a community of local artists who use their artistic voice for peace and justice, who connect and collaborate.
To use art, to inform, educate and create a dialogue on issues pertaining to peace and justice.

Information about the students selected to exhibit is provided below:

Icons of Influence
For “Icons of Influence” students selected an individual, an icon of society, to research who has impacted and influenced society in a positive way.  Using a stylus, with a variety of Scratchboard tools, students carefully observed details, textures, highlights, and shadows. A term was selected as a descriptor of the selected icon that was included in the work to summarize the individual’s life or characteristics.

Communicating Social Narratives: “Girl Rising”
Drawing and Printmaking students created a narrative image based upon one of the story vignettes from “Girl Rising” that they selected for inspiration. The compositions demonstrate the unification of notes and sketches taken during the viewing of “Girl Rising”, research related to the stories, and project planning completed previously. The artwork of Kara Walker served as inspiration for the silhouetting of the resulting images that convey the struggles that girls face around the globe in receiving and education.

Societal Commentary
One of the most powerful functions of an artist is to improve our society by changing the way people think.  Since the beginning of time, the greatest artists have been the ones who use art to call our attention to something that is going on in the world. The following artworks communicate a viewpoint on a topic, or a moral stance on a particular incident, that communicates personal voice through artistic interpretations. (Not pictured: Lauren Shaw, “Nature’s Glow”

Art & Civil Rights
Students researched some of history’s most (in)famous events of civil unrest and justice and visually communicated the essence of those events through the relief printmaking format. The goal of the work was to communicate the importance of documenting the power of people who challenge the violation of Civil Rights through a media that can be mass produced. Kathe Kollwitz served as the inspiration for this project for her role in educating the people about the horrors of WWI and WWII through mass-produced prints.

Symbols of Global Issues
Having learned about the graffiti style artwork of Keith Haring, students created a drawing in the style inspired by Keith Haring as a means of using symbolic imagery to communicate a message based on a global or social issue.

Social Perspectives Prints
For this assignment, students researched some of today’s greatest socially conscious artists, such as Shepard Fairey, to discover what makes art powerful and life-changing.  The mixed media print, collage-style work of art, communicates to the audience the students’ position on a social issue, a moral stance on a particular incident, or viewpoint on a topic that affects their life.

The SOS Art Exhibition, now in its 17th consecutive year, will take place at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from May 31st- June 9th, 2019. The opening reception will take place on May 31st, starting at 6 pm.

Visit www.sosartcincinnati.wordpress.com for more information about programming.

2019 Spring “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 43 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Spring 2019 “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’ Sculpture; Fiber Arts; Ceramics; and Enamels, Mosaics and Glass classes: 

April Voelker
Asher Applegate
Aubrey Jennings
Audrey Meyer
Brooklyn Barrett
Carlie Becker
Carley Shiplett
Deanna Glaser
Emily Harrell
Gracey Herron
Hunter Keller
Jaicey Hollyfield
Jessica Jacobson-Witt
Kaitlyn Delaney
Kayla Korn
Kylie Cornelius
Kylie Meyer
Lydia Schmitt
Maddie Schwoeppe
Megan Rauch
Molly Powell
Riley Ludwig
Sam Bradley
Susan Park
Zach Reilmann

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

Alexis Lepof
Allyson Albertz
Alyssa McRoberts
Cailee Plunkett
Destanie Sexton
Donna Derrenkamp
Emma Sedlack
Faith Guthier
Henry Groh
Kaitlyn Garrison
Mackenzie Sexton
Madeline Schwoeppe
Madelyn Clark
Mariah Geiger
Mayson Reperowitz
Micaiah Allen
Sydni Crass
Thalia Georges

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OHHS Art and Design Teacher’s Design Selected for StreetSpark Mural Program!

OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch will be contributing to the public art legacy of Hamilton, OH this summer through the StreetSpark program. 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.

Schorsch recently had her design, “Inspiring the Future”, selected and will be leading a team of artists in painting the artwork on the Booker T. Washington Community Center.

Learn more about the design through Schorsch’s Artist Statement below:

“Inspiring the Future”, designed for the Booker T. Washington Community center, was in part inspired by the Harlem Renaissance works of artist, illustrator, and art educator Aaron Douglas. The compositional design unifies concepts of community and aspirations for future pathways in life through the energy of the Cubist-inspired elements and illustrative and symbolic nature synthesized from Douglas’ work.

Color palettes prevalent during the 1940’s, when the Booker T. Washington Community Center was opened, inspired the triadic color scheme for the work designed to harmonize with the architectural structure. Colors were additionally selected for their symbolism. Blue illustrates a balance of mind and body and a sense of tranquility. Purple evokes emotions related to calming peace, stability, and energy while communicating ideals of ambition, creativity, wisdom, and independence. Yellow exudes a sensation of happiness, optimism, and enlightenment. Green is utilized to represent the color of life, renewal and growth within an environment.

The emphasis of the Booker T. Washington Community Center as a means for providing a nurturing environment and enrichment for youth and teens through various programs serves as the primary inspiration for the imagery embedded within the mural design. The landscape alludes to possible places on the horizon for the future of the children inhabiting the environment. Elements of inspirational figures from Hamilton, OH are symbolically woven into the composition. Moving between the children are spheres, radiating energy outwards, that depict inspirational figures related to the center’s history. The linear element flowing through the center of the composition symbolizes roadways, or possible pathways, and is designed to evoke an association with bars of music and the influence of Roger Troutman. Icons associated with possibilities for the future are inspired by the community contributions of Robert Watson, Butch Hubble, Allen Ray, Reverand J.L. Francis, and Katherine Rumph as well as other professions. The icons are reflected in the bubbles that pass playfully between the two children anchoring the composition. The colors of elements within the piece are emphasized, and reflected on the faces of the children, as a means to illustrate the dialogue of their impact.


Something Big has been Afoot in 212: Hero Bearcats Have Arrived!

Yesterday Martin Ludwig, the Director of Trademarks and Licensing for the University of Cincinnati, officially kicked-off the #HeroBearcats campaign! Hero Bearcats will be taking place throughout greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati campus between April and September 2019, as a way to celebrate the University’s Bicentennial. Hero Bearcats will be a way for the community to engage with the University’s beloved mascot by interacting will life-sized statues, designed by local artists, that are inspired by and celebrate the everyday heroes that live and work among us all.  The University of Cincinnati believes there is dignity within every person/profession, and this will be a great way to celebrate the difference each person can make to contribute to a stronger community and a better world.

Ludwig stated:

“Universities offer more than just sporting events to bring people together. The University of Cincinnati certainly has some wonderful athletic facilities and exciting competitions, but as an elite research institution, we have faculty and students engaging in groundbreaking research that advance technology. We also have a deep bench of talented faculty and students in the arts and humanities, which celebrate the creative facility of the human mind to promote deeper thought for a more informed and civilized society. The #HeroBearcats campaign is one way for the University to bring the community together to celebrate amazingly talented local artists. The artists created a great variety of designs to represent different career disciplines to show that heroes really do come from all walks of life”.

OHHS Art and Design student, and National Art Honor Society member, Destanie Sexton created a design based upon the field of Engineering that was selected for creation! Destanie worked hard alongside Ms. Schorsch throughout the month of February in the creation of the Engineering Bearcat and preparing it for display for the Bicentennial celebration. The Engineering Bearcat will be on display at the U-Square at the Loop on Calhoun St.


View the creation process here:


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Check out the Bearcat’s Bon Voyage with the OHHS Staff here:


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2004 OHHS Art and Design Grad Returns to Teach Through V+V Program!

Nick Kraft, 2004 graduate, returned to Oak Hills High School today as a teacher! Nick is an artist with Visionaries and Voices (V+V), a nonprofit that supports adult artists with disabilities through exhibitions, employment, and studio space. Nick is participating in the V+V Teaching Artist Program through which a selection of 3 to 4 artists learn how to teach art over the course of a 30 week period. Following the completion of the program, TAP artists are able to participate in the V+V outreach classes and provide visual art lessons to the public in and outside of schools.

Nick taught a lesson to Miss Kopf’s Painting and Mixed Media class. Students enjoyed the lesson and learning about Nick’s work. Nick did a fabulous job and as a bonus was happy to see and catch up with his former teacher Mrs. Mosher!

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