Art Teachers to Host First Student Showcase

Art, Drawing, Multimedia, Fashion and Interior Design projects will be displayed


Ashley Harris

As they illustrate their final projects, Fashion Design I freshmen navigate how to make their creation out of food items. The semester was spent expressing and designing their ideas with watercolor paint, some of which will be displayed at the art show. “We’re really excited to not only teach the subjects that we do, but show what’s being done in our classrooms,” Art teacher Brandon Lafountain said. “We can share it as a school instead of just a singular class and work together as a group.”

Ashley Harris, News and Features Editor

To showcase student work, an art show will be hosted and open to the public for free on December 6th, from 5-7 P.M. in the ballroom. 

“A bunch of the art teachers have been in communication throughout the year wanting to display student work, and this was just a happy event that bore itself through what we were doing,” Art teacher Brandon Lafountain said. “We all had the same idea, but once we started talking about it, we solidified it into something more tangible. I’ve been the person that has organized all the thoughts. I put in the request and figured out all the logistics and chaperones.” 

This event will be the first of its kind, and is scheduled to be hosted at the end of each semester. 

“We worked as fast as we could to get the necessary paperwork in order, which we did, but we needed to find a way to get the word out there,” Lafountain said. “We tried to put it in the newsletter, in the announcements and pushed it in our separate classrooms. We would like people to show up because it’s a nice display of the work that’s being done on campus, and I think people should see what the kids are doing.”

While Lafountain has been appointed the leader in organizing the show, it would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of Graphic Design teacher Jennifer Gonzalez, Fashion and Interior Design teacher Levi Harbeson, Art teacher Rachel Guichard and Multimedia teacher Monte Carman

“I’m happy and thankful because the new teachers have brought so much energy and excitement to this school,” Harbeson said. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but this is the first time that teachers have jumped on and been excited about it. It’s cool to see them go above and beyond and I can’t express how thankful I am for them wanting to do this.” 

Students are looking forward to not only having their work on display, but viewing what other classes and their friends have created.  

“It’s going to be exciting to see everyone’s reactions to our work, and it’s a great way to showcase all of the ‘hidden’ artists and creators,” senior Karim Abd-Elmalek said. “I’m really fortunate and happy to be a part of the show especially since I’ve personally only ever had one experience with my artwork being on display.”

Organizers hope that this event prompts inspiration from attendees, and that future shows will display a wider variety of skill sets. 

“My hope is to put a spotlight on the work that’s been done in non-program classes so that there’s a little more interest for the students to have pride in their work,” Lafountain said. “One of the major benefits would be that anyone who doesn’t attend our school, or someone who isn’t taking an art class, can view projects and either request that class next year, or get inspiration from seeing their friends’ work.”