Art Club Recognizes Members for Their Accomplishments

By: Suzee Crabtree, Contributing Writer

The CHS Art Club honored four Art Club students during March. The honorees are Emily Lee, Cady Finlay, Faith Mills and Emma Magnusson.

According to Ms. Alexis Willingham, CHS art teacher, the Art Club members nominated their peers for this award. Four individuals were nominated for each grade. The members voted on Google Forms to determine the final winners.

Caleb Towne, CHS sophomore, worked with Willingham to develop this way of honoring students. Towne noted that his main goal was to recognize the art students for the work they have done this year.

Below are personal interviews with each of the four award recipients.

 

Emma Magnusson, CHS Senior, Looking Ahead

Q: What type of media do you most like to create?

A: I love working with charcoal because of how many steps you have to take. It’s a really fun process. 

Q: Who or what inspires you to create art?
A: I want to show everyone what the world looks like to me in my art. 

Q: What triggered your interest in taking art classes?
A: My art teacher in elementary school was very encouraging and wanted me to keep on going with my art.

Q: Who is/are your favorite artist(s)?
A: Vincent van Gogh and Bob Ross

Q: What is your favorite part about art class?
A: Drawing while people in the room are talking and listening to music.

Q: What is the meaning behind this piece of art?
A: This piece shows that 2020 and 2021 graduates have a bright future ahead of them even though it looks black and white right now. 

 

Emily Lee, CHS Junior, unnamed piece

Q: What type of media do you most like to create?

A:  I prefer to draw in just simple graphite and, when I draw in color, I like to use Prismacolor pencils.

Q: Who or what inspires you to create art?

A: Almost everything inspires me. I try to draw a wide variety of things–people, animals, plants, geometric designs. However, I prefer portrait work. Art has become a part of my daily life. I would be lost if art wasn’t a hobby of mine.

Q: What triggered your interest in taking art classes?

A: Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been interested in creating art in some form or another. Taking an art class is almost therapeutic to me.

Q: Who is/are your favorite artist(s)?
A: I tend to support a lot of artists who take to Instagram to share their talents, mostly tattoo artists who share their work from all over the world. I really enjoy the tattoo work from Pony Lawson, a Chicago-based artist. 

Q: What is your favorite part of art class?

A: The freedom of choosing what I want to create.

Q: What is the meaning behind this piece of art?

A: It’s more of an appreciation piece out of graphite and charcoal for my favorite band, Korn. That band has helped me through some hard times. I have a great appreciation for these men who came together, put their heart and soul into their talent and touched millions of fans all over the world.

 

Cady Finlay, CHS sophomore, Citrullus Lanatus

Q: What type of media do you most like to create?

A: I enjoy creating my projects with paint and colored pencils the most.

Q: Who or what inspires you to create art?

A: Watching other people create art inspires me because I like to see the techniques they use to see if they can improve my skills. 

Q: What triggered your interest in taking art classes?

A: I’ve always been creative and enjoyed drawing, so when I had the opportunity to take art class, I went for it.

Q: Who is/are your favorite artist(s)?
A: I don’t have a favorite artist, but over quarantine, I watched Bob Ross videos and recreated some of his paintings. 

Q: What is your favorite part about art class?
A: My favorite part of art class is all the materials that are available for me to use. This allows me to try new materials I don’t have access to at home.

Q: What is the meaning behind this piece of art?
A: This piece was one of my art assignments. We had to make a colored pencil drawing of food. I chose to draw watermelon because it’s one of my favorite foods, and it reminds me of summer, my favorite season.

 

Faith Mills, CHS Freshman, 雪豹 or Xuěbào (Snow Leopard)

Q: What type of media do you most like to create?

A: I am a multimedia artist.

Q: Who or what inspires you to create art?
A: Watching and looking at other people’s amazing artwork really inspires me to want to create.

Q: What triggered your interest in taking art classes?
A: I’ve been doing art ever since I could hold a pencil, and I’ve been taking art every year I can.

Q: Who is/are your favorite artist(s)?
A: My favorite artist is Marie Milsson.

Q: What is your favorite part about art class?
A: My favorite part of art class is getting to have the widespread use of different art mediums and the freedom to use them.Q: What is the meaning behind this piece of art?
A: I really enjoy the grace and elusiveness of snow leopards, and I was experimenting with charcoal, so I thought it was a perfect match.

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