Seven area Horton High School art students participated in Washburn University’s Annual High School Art Day and Competition on Friday, November 11, 2016 in Topeka, Kansas. Other participating high schools art students attending included Topeka High, Auburn-Washburn, Topeka West, Royal Valley, Seaman, Rossville, Tonganoxie, Winchester, Lawrence High School and others. Horton area high school Art I and Art II students participating were Alexis Allen, Cameron Calvert, Marshall Randall, Kailea Smith, Elanie Vanderweide, Alicyn Willich, and Christian White.
Participating young artists’ styles covered a wide range of mediums that offered colorful drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, graphite drawings, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, watercolor, and pastels. Submissions for this year’s invitational were reviewed during a gallery talk, Washburn art faculty acknowledged that every piece here is considered the best of the best from each school. The hardest job for the teachers is choosing which of the student works was among the best from so many talented students in each district. The immense creativity involved with producing artwork is a skill each school district tries to emphasize to help students with different interests find their individual niches. Washburn University’s Art Professor and Co-Interim Department Chair, Marguerite Perret and Ye Wang, Associate Professor stated that gallery events such as this annual event are a valuable experience for high school students to see their work displayed next to the work of other competing high school students. Professor Ye Wang stated, the artwork submitted by the art students from Horton High School demonstrated some of the best examples of skill, technique and creativity at a secondary and post-secondary level.
High school art students went on to participate in various art workshops and seminars in a variety of mediums.
Horton High School Art students will be preparing to compete in both 2017 League and Regional art competitions in March where they will be submitting current artwork in addition to newer pieces in colored graphite, ceramics, printmaking, and mixed media. Eligible Horton High School art students will be competing against at least 40 other public schools that will include schools from Eastern Kansas.
Submitted by Mrs. Krogmann
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