Over at Presbyterian School in Houston, we are in our third year of offering Fine Art elective courses. I love that I get to combine two of my passions and call it work everyday. For 3 years now, I have been teaching 8th grade photography and after every quarter, I think about new projects I can do with the kids, new ways of teaching, and really, just bigger and better things I can do to help build the Fine Art program at the school. We are right in the middle of one of the best museum districts in the country. We have so much at our disposal, and I want to expose these kids to all forms of art- not JUST- photography, as much as I can. In addition to exposing THEM to art, I want to get THEIR photographs as much exposure as I can as well. One thing that I started at the beginning of this year, was having each student submit one photograph into the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This the the oldest and most prestigious art and writing contest in the country. The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents and to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
In late January, I got word that 3 of my students received Honorable Mentions for their photographs, and one student received the Silver Key Award. I was ecstatic! For our first year submitting art, this was great news. The three Honorable Mentions are posted below.
Claire Duval- Reflections
Lily Kyriakides-Crowe- The Dancer
Gunther Hess- Trapped
Nicholas Yum won the Silver Key Award for his photograph entitled Spectrum, pictured below.
On March 5, the ceremony for all Silver Key winners in the Houston Area was held at the Harris County Department of Education. There was a great talk given by local artist, Justin Garcia, and some amazing art work on display by middle school and high school artists in Houston.
Nicholas’ art work is currently on display at Texas Art Supply on Montrose in Houston. This is a great achievement for Nicholas that has given him great exposure!