The 2019 Save Local Waters Rain Barrel Art Project

This Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area through a creative and educational medium. The Rain Barrel Art Project desires to educate people on environmental issues like stormwater runoff, watersheds and water conservation.

Rain barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country. However, one of its biggest drawbacks is their dull appearance. Some people are less likely to use them given their negative aesthetic impact to residential and commercial landscaping, even though they conserve water and save money. The “Save Local Waters” initiative believes that producing beautiful artistic rain barrels that have unique painted details will make them more desirable and naturally increase interest to promote their use.

This year, Ms. Kopf’s Painting and Mixed Media students and Ms. Schorsch’s NAHS students will be creating 4 Rain Barrels for this year’s event. Congratulations to all of the students who were selected by their peers to submit pieces for the jurying.

Congratulations to Allyson Albertz, McKenzie Becker, Matthew Burg, and Cierra Mays on the selection of their design by the “Save Local Waters” committee for this year’s event!

2019 Overture Awards Nominees to Participate in Regional Competition

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2019 competition, students may win $4,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or $1000 finalist award. Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community.

Best of luck in the Regional Competition this weekend to our OHHS Art and Design students Allyson Albertz and Kaitlyn Delaney, who were nominated by Ms. Schorsch to participate in this year’s competition.

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Allyson Albertz

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Kaitlyn Delaney

OHHS Art and Design 2019-2020 Course Offerings

Registration time for the 2019-2020 school year will be here soon! Take some time to review the updated Art and Design Department course offerings and contact any of the Art and Design Department teachers with your questions.

OHHS Art and Design Department Course Offerings 19_20 SY


Here’s who to contact with course questions:

Jamie Schorsch
Art and Design Department Coordinator
Art Foundations; Drawing and Printmaking; Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing; AP Art History

Daniel Couch
3D Animation; 3D Computer Aided Design; 3D Modeling; Advanced AutoCAD; Architectural Design; Graphic Art Foundations

Bridget Dignan-Cummins
Ceramics; Fashion Studio; Honors Enamels, Mosaics, and Glass; Honors Fibers; Sculpture; Studio Art AP 3D Design

Kristy Kopf
Digital Art Foundations; Graphic Art Foundations; Painting and Mixed Media

Francine Gibson
Illustrator; Photoshop; Publication Design and Printing Technology; Technical Graphics; Video Technology

Steve Groh
Darkroom Photography; Digital and Alternative Photography: Studio Art AP 2D Design Photography

2019 Scholastic Art Awards Winners!

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2018, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Award notifications are in! Congratulations to these very talented OHHS Art and Design students on their accomplishments this year in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Gold Key

Alexis Hetzel, “Daily Bread”
Alexis Hetzel, “Look at that Jawline”
Alyssa Roth, “Glimmer”
Cailee Plunkett, “Meow”
Cailee Plunkett, “The Bond”
Destanie Sexton, “Opulence”
Julia Galloway, “Shine On”
Katrina Crofoot, “Noah and Gabe”
Mayson Reperowitz, “Dignity”
Mayson Reperowitz, “Bonescape”
Mia Kuchenmesiter, “Read to Death”

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Silver Key

Alexis Hetzel, “Focal Points”
Allyson Albertz, “The Halls of St. Mary’s”
Alyssa Roth, “Red Handed”
Caden Cadle, “Converse”
Cailee Plunkett, “Echoes”
Destanie Sexton, “Rails and Ladders”
Donna Derrenkamp, “Highlighting Events”
Emma Sedlack, “From Then to Now”
Emma Sedlack, “Toasting Fragments”
Hunter Keller, “A New Day”
Jaicey Hollyfield, “The Cheese Touch”
Lauren Shaw, “In Bloom”
Lily Lang, “Shapes and Hands”
Madelyn Clark, “Passage”
Mayson Reperowitz, “The Real Silver Key”
Sabrina Ryland, “The Bone Cage”
Savannah Kinzeler, “Natural Disasters”
Sydni Crass, “Silhouettes”
Thalia Georges, “Ruff Day”
Thalia Georges, “Sydney”

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Honorable Mention

Abigail Malsbary, “My Mom’s Scarf”
Allyson Albertz, “The Order of Things”
Allyson Albertz, “Ally Through the Trees”
Allyson Albertz, “Strings Attached”
Alyssa Mcroberts, “Waves of Reflection”
Brooklyn Hart, “Illuminated Me”
Damien Lunsford, “Shapes and Hand”
Emma Sedlack, “Cascade”
Hadley Adams, “The Disintegrating Witch”
Kayla Javorsky, “Momento Mori”
Maddie Allen, “An Oakette’s Life”
Madison Crider, “Mortality”
Maggie Gammell, “Peacock”
Matthew Burg, “Effigy”
Mayson Reperowitz, “Eloquence”
Mackenzie Becker, “Burning Bright”
Mia Kuchenmeister, “Wine Too Much”
Paula Connelly, “Der Schädel”
Riley Ludwig, “Yesert”
Sophia Elchynski, “Selfie With Dad”
Sydney Cantrell, “Yellow Bellied Sapsucker”
Taylor Askin, “Submerged”

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VSA Ohio 23rd Annual Accessible Expression Exhibition

Congratulations to the Oak Hills High School students whose artwork was selected for the VSA OHIO 23rd Annual Accessible Expressions Ohio Traveling Exhibition!

Justin Crofoot
Oscar Hand
Hannah Mullen
Connor Owen
India Woolridge

What is it all about…

VSA Ohio is a community that connects inspired artists with their passion, service providers with resources, and all citizens with creative opportunities.


Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. This professional development opportunity helps raise awareness about art and disabilities by presenting the art in inclusive settings.

AEO begins with a call for art open to artists with disabilities – any age, any experience level, and all across Ohio. The annual exhibition is selected by jurors from call for art entries. The entire exhibition is on display in full for the month of March before being curated into small groups for a statewide tour (April – December). The AEO 2019 Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 30th in Columbus during the 11th annual Day of Arts for All.

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