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 Memory Project portraits that the OHHS National Art Honor Society students created earlier this fall were successfully delivered to the children and teens from Columbia. The children in this project all live in a very poor shanty town. Over the past decades, many Colombians have fled to such shanty towns to escape the drug-related violence, murders, and kidnappings in their country’s more rural areas. Systemic poverty in these shanty towns leads to many on-going social problems, especially for women and children. Fortunately, these children are being helped by an organization that provides them with healthy nutrition and early childhood education.
The people at The Memory Project wanted us to know that the children were so excited to receive the portraits and absolutely loved them! The following video of the delivery begins with an introduction to our OHHS NAHS students and their work and then shows the children receiving their portraits together at all the different locations that were involved.
The District level PTA Reflections winners have been announced. “Heroes Around Me” 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:
The Memory Project portraits that the OHHS National Art Honor Society students created earlier this fall were successfully delivered to the children and teens from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has faced many economic challenges over the past decades. Lack of adequate funding has forced many schools to close, and the percentage of elementary students who qualify for free and reduced lunch is around 90%. Those challenges were already present on the island before Hurricanes Irma and Maria unleashed total destruction in September 2017.
The people at The Memory Project wanted us to know that the children absolutely loved their portraits! The following video of the delivery begins with an introduction to our OHHS NAHS students and their work and then shows the children receiving their portraits together at all the different locations that were involved.
“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 45 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Fall 2018 “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:
The OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students are exhibiting this year’s Memory Project portraits at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. The Memory Project exhibition showcases portraits created for the Rohingya refugee children before they are sent off for delivery by the organization. Compilation images of past portraits will be showcased as well to illustrate the OHHS students’ global impact through the works they’ve created as a part of The Memory Project, and hopefully inspire involvement from many more young artists.
The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Given that youth in such situations usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with meaningful mementos of their youth. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.
Over the past three years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created
over 140 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan. This year the NAHS students are creating 12 portraits for children in Puerto Rico and Columbia and Drawing and Printmaking students are creating 50 portraits
for children in Rohingya.
Some of the Drawing and Printmaking, and NAHS, students recently had the opportunity to visit their exhibition today at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Students reflected on their experience with creating this year’s Memory Project portraits which will be mailed out for delivery in January. “Portraits of Kindness” will be on exhibit throughout the month of December.
The exhibition can be viewed in the 1st floor Community Gallery from December 4th through the 31st.