All Oak Hills High School students electing to enroll in an Art and Design Department course will develop an Appreciation of the Arts, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills, Interdisciplinary Connections, Social and Global Awareness, and Career Preparation related to Visual Communication.
The 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 on 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 created 3 Rain Barrels for the event. The effects of COVID-19 impacted the original display and auction dates that would have taken place today…but the event will still go on with the following revised dates!
The Rain Barrels will be on display at the Cincinnati Zoo from July 1st-28th and the online auction will take place from July 18th-28th. On July 28th all auctions will be final and an Artist Reception will take place at the Twilight Tuesday event.
The Painting and Mixed Media students have been busy this year! In addition to the Save Local Waters Rain Barrels, students have been hard at work preparing flower pots for the Christ Hospital Guild and a special grant project. Be on the lookout for the finished products in the future!
OHHS Art and Design Video Technology students took a few minutes to share something good in our current situation. It helps all of us to understand better when we share our perspective. You may be an essential worker, babysitting siblings so parents can work from home, helping friends and family coping to stay well. We have plenty of negatives to talk about, let’s focus on the positives. They may be harder to find but will help us get through this.
Here is a sampling of a few of the student commentaries.
On March 12th, our OHHS Art and Design students left for Spring Break uncertain of what the rest of the school year would look like and some of their projects came to a screeching halt. Here is a glimpse of some of the murals the students were working on and what they will return to and complete in the future.
The NAHS Nicki Musgrove Memorial Mural
NAHS was moving right along with the revision of the Nicki Musgrove memorial mural. Nicki was a beloved OHLSD Art Teacher that inspired the students at Rapid Run Middle School. In 2012, Nicki lost a long-fought battle with breast cancer but her memory and words live on in the halls of OHHS where many of the students she taught continued their studies in art and design.
The Michelle Taylor Memorial Mural
Right across from the Nicki Musgrove mural, spanning the massive wall in the courtyard will be the home of the Michelle (Minkle) Taylor Memorial Mural. Tragically, and unexpectedly, Minkle passed away in 2018. Minkle inspired her students and colleagues with her passion for teaching, her impact on OHHS will never be forgotten. The Painting and Mixed Media students, along with a little help from Kopf’s Art Foundations students, started the massive undertaking of preparing the wall which will be an amazing addition to the courtyard when completed.
Destanie Sexton’s Capstone Mural
Right up the stairs from the memorial murals, is a mural that was designed and created by OHHS Art and Design student Destanie Sexton as a part of her Capstone project exploring the emotional impact of public art. Destanie will be graduating this year, but we won’t leave her mural incomplete! This project will be added to next year’s list of works to complete.
In 2018, the Painting and Mixed Media classes began the tradition of creating Legacy Murals. Each year, each class will create a mural on AlumaCorr that commemorates the year’s events. The completed panels are then installed in the ‘Mile Long’ hallway. While the 2020 murals won’t be possible to complete this year, I’m sure the 2021 murals will weave in the impact of the events of the 2019-2020 school year.
OHHS Art and Design student Tatum Barkley was recently awarded an Honorable Mention for her submission to the Narrative Category of the 4th annual Mount Saint Joseph University’s New Media Film Festival. The New Media Film Festival, sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities and Department of Communications and New Media Studies, selected Tatum’s entry “Sweetest Day” for the award.
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.
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 then created 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.
This year, artists worked with the theme of “The Nature of Us” and created artwork based on human impact and interaction with nature. The exhibition was scheduled to take place at Sharon Woods from March 28th-April 5th. Unfortunately, given the current state of affairs regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s show had to be canceled…but the showcasing of the 10 selected works created by our OHHS Art and Design students will still take place here!
Congratulations to the following OHHS Art and Design students who had work selected for this year’s exhibition: