Artistic ability in ample supply among DCSD high schools
DENVER – Art students from across the District represented Douglas County well in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards.
46 works created by Douglas County School District (DCSD) students were selected for recognition in the Colorado region. Gold Key, Silver Key honors are awarded in two categories: Portfolio and Individual Work. Honorable Mentions are also awarded for each category.
Ponderosa High School Art Teacher Patricia Hayes is pleased, although not surprised with the results of this year’s competition.
“I feel we have one of the strongest art programs in the state as evidence by our success in Scholastics, which is like the State Championship for Art Students,” Hayes said. “We have really strong art educators [in DCSD]. Art is very complex and difficult for the average person to understand, even those who are naturally good at it. Besides being good at art, our students understand and can explain in detail why their art is successful.“
Jon Cushing, an art teacher at Highlands Ranch High School agrees. “The arts in DCSD have been strong for years, as evidenced by our representation in Scholastics year in and year out.“
He added, “I create projects that are challenging and demanding, and the students respond with hard work; creating work that is personal, meaningful, and done with a level of excellence. Of course, this generation wants immediate results, but visual art students are taught that time and effort improves your originality and craftsmanship.”
Cushing sees a strong connection between art education and integration of 21st Century skills.
“Almost naturally, art enhances 21st Century skills, because in the process of creating a work of art you need to problem solve and think critically about the opportunities you have to choose things like perspective, materials, colors, etc., and how those elements will help you communicate your message and challenge conventions.”
Hayes also recognizes that her students are inherently developing 21st Century skills as they pursue their interest in art.
“My students have ePortfolios, and art blogs, and they do a majority of their inquiry through Internet sources. They use my classroom website and they also use their student Google accounts to collaborate and communicate.”
In reflection, Hayes comments about how art education has evolved since she was an emerging artist. “When I was in high school, I would go to galleries and museums for inspiration. Now my students can visit those places online. My students are constantly looking for inspiration in places the average person doesn't think about, such as Tumbler and other social media sites.”
Now, these students will have the opportunity to inspire others. Their artwork, along with winning entries from throughout the Colorado region will be on display at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (1600 Pierce St., Denver) in the Philip J. Steele Gallery and the Rotunda Pavilion through February 26. Selected works will then travel to the Denver Art Museum for exhibit from March 7 – April 4.
Upon conclusion of these exhibits, Colorado's Gold Key art will be sent to New York City for entry in the national competition, where jurors will select work for national recognition based on Originality, Technique, and Emergence of a Personal Vision or Voice.
Colorado Gold Key winners who place at the national level will be invited to the Gala Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in June, and their work will be showcased at an exhibit at Parsons-The New School for Design. Winners will also be eligible for scholarships offered through the program.
Follow this link to learn more and view an online gallery. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is coordinated by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a not-for-profit organization. Since 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program has fostered the creative development of teenagers across the country. This is done by identifying emerging artists for college scholarship consideration and by showing their work to a national audience.
DCSD Scholastic Art Award Recipients
2014 Gold Key Portfolios
|Samantha Chase||Mountain Vista High School||Kahn|
|James Delahaye||Douglas County High School||Ross|
|Alexandra Emond||Ponderosa High School||Hayes|
|Tessa Johnson||ThunderRidge High School||Wilson|
2014 Gold Key Individual Works
|Mackenzie Busick||Legend High School||Thornton||Squid|
|Kaitlyn Benton||Mountain Vista High School||Kahn||Flower|
|Nadia Brecl||Highlands Ranch High School||Coulson||Complimentary Colors|
|Nadia Brecl||Highlands Ranch High School||Coulson||Floral|
|Hannah Coburn||Highlands Ranch High School||Cushing||Yelling|
|Hannah Coburn||Highlands Ranch High School||Cushing||Clothes Pin|
|Erynn Coleman||Ponderosa High School||Hayes||Anatomy of a Superhero|
|Carter Daughtry||ThunderRidge High School||Ormiston||Blossoming Thoughts|
|Shriya Gandhi||Douglas County High School||Speegle||Self Portrait|
|Jessica Hei||ThunderRidge High School||Silverman||What Goes Up|
|Samantha Keeler||Legend High School||Modesitt||Rainy Day|
|Carolina Kronbauer||Mountain Vista High School||Goldman||King Fisher|
|Taylor Kuta||ThunderRidge High School||Ormiston||Circle of Light|
|Clare McElligatt||Ponderosa High School||Hayes||Believe Dream Inspire|
|Kyle O'Hearn||ThunderRidge High School||Silverman||Emerald Capsule|
|Megan Stern||ThunderRidge High School||Silverman||Fire Within|
|Ryan Tiongson||ThunderRidge High School||Silverman||Energy|
2014 Silver Key Portfolios
|Carter Daughtry||ThunderRidge High School||Ormiston|
|Taylor Schofield||Highlands Ranch High School||Cushing|
2014 Silver Key Individual Works
|First Name||School||Teacher||Work Title|
|Ashley Bradley||Rock Canyon High School||Walter||Lunch In The City|
|Jamie Brunworth||ThunderRidge High School||Ormiston||Twisted Triangle|
|Hannah Coburn||Highlands Ranch High School||Cushing||Buster Brown|
|Bryce Deshazar||Douglas County High School||Speegle||Falling|
|Caitlin Mckoy||Platte River Academy Charter School||Cramond||On Fire|
|Corrie Merrill||ThunderRidge High School||Wilson||My Sister|
|Rannen Worsley||Castle View High School||Henry||Car Accident|
|David Wreschner||Mountain Vista High School||Johnston||Selfie|
|Karin Wyks||Mountain Vista High School||Johnston||Kaleidoscope|
2014 Honorable Mention Portfolios
|Hannah Coburn||Highlands Ranch High School||Cushing|
|Blake Graf||Mountain Vista High School||Johnston|
|Ryan Ham||Legend High School||Barr|
|Mark Maggs||Mountain Vista High School||Johnston|
|Rachel Mansfield||Ponderosa High School||Hayes|
|Andy Shimmin||Highlands Ranch High School||Coulson|
2014 Honorable Mention Individual Works
|First Name||School||Teacher||Work Title|
|Margaret Anderson||ThunderRidge High School||Silverman||Oceans Depth|
|Gabrielle Forinash||Ponderosa High School||Hayes||Vacancy|
|Ashlie Helgeland||Legend High School||Rowinski||Dependency|
|Jenna Jaeger||ThunderRidge High School||Silverman||Aztec Gold|
|Tessa Johnson||ThunderRidge High School||Wilson||Self Portrait|
|Jessica Martinez||Ponderosa High School||Hayes||Reflection of Self|
|Raquel Medrano||ThunderRidge High School||Ormiston||Starved By Perfection|
|Aidan Stonzenbach||Mountain Vista High School||Johnston||Mannequins On The Move|