Parent Teacher Magazine Gaston County Schools March/April 2018 - Page 7

Gaston students win 38 awards in regional art and writing competition -continued from page 4 Art exhibit highlights high school students’ collaboration for creativity Gold Key winners in both visual art and writing advance to the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. More than 314,000 entries have been submitted and winners will be notified in March. All Gold Key artwork was on display at the Spirit Square Knight Gallery, 345 North College Street, Charlotte. Silver Key winners had their artwork on display at both Mint Museum locations in Charlotte (500 South Tryon Street and 2730 Randolph Road). “I am incredibly proud of all of the students who placed in the Mid- Carolina Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,” said Stuart W. Cramer High School art teacher Tim Stiles. “As most art teachers do, I love watching students grow and expand their art knowledge, technical skills, and visual concepts as they find their voice.” Stiles added, “The fine arts are so important in public schools with studies showing that exposure to art education promotes self-directed and lifelong learning, improves school attendance, and increases scores on critical thinking tests.” In addition to Stiles at Stuart W. Cramer, other teachers with award winners are Jesse Birnstihl, English teacher at Ashbrook; Kathryn Wise, art teacher at Ashbrook; Brenda Bradley, art teacher at Cramerton; Carmen Wallace, language arts teacher at Cramerton Middle; Justin Allison, art teacher at East Gaston; Deborah Hamer, art teacher at Forestview; Travis Johnson, art teacher at Forestview; Melissa Heilig, film/broadcasting teacher at Forestview; Laura Sexton, English teacher at Gaston Early College; and Tammy Hovis, art teacher at North Gaston. An art exhibit on display now at Gaston College shows how students from two high schools collaborated for creativity. The exhibit titled “Investigations into the Exquisite Corpse” was on display through March 2 in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery at Gaston College in Dallas. An opening-exhibit reception was held February 1, 2018. The exhibit features artwork by students from East Gaston and Forestview high schools. It brought attention to “exquisite corpse,” which is an artistic method where one artist creates an artistic element and then another artist incorporates the element into his/her work. Your hometown heroes of eye care ARE READY TO GiVE YOU THE POWER OF “SUPER-ViSiON”! CALL OR SCHEDULE your appointment online TODAY. 2325 Aberdeen Blvd * Suite A Gastonia, NC 28054 820 Lower Dallas HiGHWAY Dallas, NC 28034 704-853-EYES 704-922-9808 “Students were tasked with developing two non- representational pieces of art. The first piece was small in scale and focused on the development of composition through line, shape, contrast, and texture,” said East Gaston High School art teacher Jason Allison. “The small art pieces were then swapped between the schools and became the muse for students to create larger, non-representational pieces.” In creating the larger piece, students were challenged to establish unity by taking into account the color, texture, technique, and composition of the sm aller piece. “The goal of the assignment and exhibit was to force students out of their comfort zones in art-making,” said Forestview High School art teacher Travis Johnson. “Students are opened up to different perspectives to think about art not as an individual process, but as a collaborative process.” Allison and Johnson expressed their appreciation to Gaston College art instructor Jason Story for the opportunity to showcase the students’ collaborative work for the public. Parent Teacher Magazine• March/April 2018• 5