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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2019 ‘Art in Root’ “Winged Wonders” Award Winners Announced!

The “Winged Wonders” exhibition, a part of this year’s ‘Art in Root’ program developed by the Great Parks of Hamilton County, held it’s judging and awards ceremony this past weekend at the Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center. The show was judged by Devere Burt. Mr. Burt is a nationally known artist and a former Commissioner for the Great Parks of Hamilton County. He also was the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History for 25 years and was instrumental in the development of the ‘Art in Root’ program.

Congratulations to OHHS Art and Design student Cailee Plunkett on being awarded 1st Place for her piece “Ozzy’s Rest Stop”!

“Ozzy’s Rest Stop”