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AHS Art Festival shows students creativity

From left, Arlington High School juniors Austin Suit and Eric Hansen collaborated on a two-part acrylic painting of the same scene seen during day and night. -
From left, Arlington High School juniors Austin Suit and Eric Hansen collaborated on a two-part acrylic painting of the same scene seen during day and night.
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ARLINGTON Arlington High School students expressed their creativity while raising funds for the AHS art programs field trips during the May 5 AHS Art Festival.
AHS art teachers and event coordinators Bev Schatz and Hallie Koenig were on hand to snap photographs and brag about the students artistic accomplishments, since the spring show represented the culmination of a full school years worth of work on the students part.
They started in September, Schatz said. More than 200 kids contributed in a spectrum of media ranging from charcoal, pens and pencils to paints, photographs and digitally manipulated images. Weve got stained and mosaic glasswork, 3-D visuals, sculptures and even found objects that have been put together. Its a little bit of everything.
Schatz explained that the sales of the artwork would cover the costs of this past school years field trips, including visits to a glass museum in Tacoma and a glass factory in Woodinville, as well as a planned trip to New York for the upcoming school year.
In the meantime, the students were simply focused on showing off their wares.
AHS junior Jurell Frank assembled a three-dimensional foam-board architectural layout of a single-story ranch house that he designed himself.
It was so hard to map it all out, said Frank, who nonetheless expressed interest in pursuing architecture as a career. I spent a month figuring out where all the rooms and the kitchen should go and, at first, I had the back of the house as its front until I changed my mind. I really like working with this type of stuff, though.
AHS sophomore Kellie Brem is more interested in working as a makeup artist after she graduates, but her linoleum stamped artwork nonetheless fetched a sales price of $35.
Its a lot harder than people make it look, said Brem, who spent three days carving the stamp she used to create a silhouette of a couple kissing. Her penchant for makeup art found an outlet in her watercolor painting of a crying face, which took her two weeks.
AHS junior Austin Suit not only rendered a painstaking charcoal recreation of a Supernova concert T-shirt, but also collaborated with fellow junior Eric Hansen on a two-part acrylic painting of the same scene seen during day and night.
I did night and Eric did day, Suit said. We drew the outline of the tree and the mountains with the two canvases together, so theyd match up, and then took them apart so we could each do our own thing. It took us about a week. When you make a picture, you have to think about where its light comes from, and how it affects its shadows.
Suit admitted that hes not sure which specific field of art he might take up as a job, but Hansen has already started looking into graphic design for commercial companies, possibly ones that produce snowboarding equipment. He also produced a brightly colored series of snowboarding outfits for the art festival, as well as equally vivid linoleum print depictions of snowboarding goggles and sunglasses.
The best stuff I do comes from the vibes it give off, Hansen said. Those are the pieces that get reactions, when people can see how much fun you had when you made them.
AHS freshman Aritha Fernandos detailed glassworks were inspired by his parents. His hanging stained glass representation of a pickup truck was modeled after his fathers rig, while his ornate glass tic-tac-toe board, which included copper-foil imprints of autumn leaves in its pieces, was made with his mother in mind.
If Ive learned anything, its not to give up, said Fernando, who enjoys glasswork but is more drawn to computer design. I worked on a glass dog and broke its leg seven times. It was the piece where its leg curved the most. Its painstaking, but worth it.
AHS sophomore Logan Webb, whos been making glass etchings since the eighth grade, agreed. He had his table of drinking glasses set out for sale, each one branded with a different logo that hed carved into its side with an electric stylus.
I might open my own shop, Webb said. Ive found something Im really good at. It just takes a lot of patience.

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