Student Artist of the Month: March 2018
In partnership with Forsyth County high schools and Windsor Jewelers, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is proud to present the Student Artist of the Month.
All Forsyth County high schools (private, public, and charter) that have arts programming were invited to participate in the Student Artist of the Month program. Arts educators and administrators from each school will select one student each month for recognition based on academic rigor and artistic merit. A variety of arts disciplines will be recognized over the course of the school year.
Atkins Academic & Technology High School
Principal: Joe Childers
SAM Coordinator: Janet Blakely
Nominating Teacher: Janet Blakely
Arts Discipline: Visual Arts
What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like experimenting with different genres of art but watercolor is my favorite. I like the translucency of the colors and how freely and easily they move on the paper.
Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I don’t know where I want to go to college yet. I’m still looking around but I want to major in Biology or Animal Sciences.
What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Having my piece be a part of the Art Showcase state champions team.
How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will always be important to me as a hobby and although I love creating art, I’m not considering a career in the arts. I want to be a veterinarian but I will continue to practice and create art in my free time.
Calvary Day School
Principal: Rick Bohner
SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston
Nominating Teacher: Patsy Chesnut
Arts Discipline: Photography
What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of chorus is getting to also act and be involved in theatre alongside of it. Also, I love being with other singers who have the same passion as me.
Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend an Ivy League college and although not completely decided, I might major in International Relations or Government.
What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I love leading fellow younger singers and encourage them to be their best version, just like older singers who mentored me.
How will the arts influence your future career? I hope to minor in musical theater in the future if possible. Music will always be a visible part of my life even if I pursue something completely different.
Principal: Chris Nichols
Nominating Teacher: Kathleen Castleberry
Arts Discipline: Photography
What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of photography is nature photography. I also enjoy being able to use the images I take to express myself and evoke emotions in others.
Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I have been accepted into Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College, Ohio University, and Appalachian State University. I will major in photojournalism.
What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment was my first photography exhibit. After months of preparation, I was ecstatic to see it all come together. I was proud of the money I was able to raise through my photographs to give back to local nonprofits.
How will the arts influence your future career? I plan on pursuing a career in photojournalism. The arts will influence the creative aspects of my career and inspire me to creatively tell stories.
Forsyth Country Day
Head of School: Gardner Barrier
SAM Coordinator: John Kildahl
Nominating Teacher: Karen Dalton
Arts Discipline: Ceramics
What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part about ceramics is that I feel like ceramics, more than any other form of art, allows the artist to truly realize their vision and bring to life a physical representation of the concept in their head. For me, the three dimensional aspect of the genre lends itself to the corporeal manifestation of ideas or figures that would otherwise only exist in one’s imagination.
Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I will hopefully be attending Georgetown University in the fall, and I am intending to major in International Relations, specifically International History, with a concentration in Diplomacy as well as Justice and Peace Studies.
What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment was the completion of a piece, an interpretation of Renaissance architecture, that I had struggled with. I had had difficulty with both the translation of the complex details that were indicative of the Classical style as well as the realization of my own vision and interpretation integrated with the traditional architecture. The completion of this piece helped me grow as an artist, as it taught me how to combine my own ideas with ideas conceived of both hundreds and thousands of years ago and how to blend them harmoniously.
How will the arts influence your future career? I believe that the arts, both performing and visual, will greatly contribute to my future life and career, because they provide invaluable skills and perspectives that cannot be gained elsewhere. Through performing arts, singing and acting, I have gained the skills of public speaking, as well as how to see others` perspectives by literally “putting myself in their shoes,” as it were. But perhaps the most important skill that I have learned through performing arts is the art of cooperation and the direction of group efforts towards a common goal. Whether in a chorus or a production, the end result is only reached by each person performing their role to the best of their ability. The perfect harmony or the perfect illusion of a story can only be reached if the group is in perfect sync, and I believe that this philosophy applies to life as well. And when everyone works together and plays their part, the result is extraordinary. Visual art has taught me the values of flexibility and resilience. One must overcome frustration and be flexible when creating a piece to turn mistakes into something great and resilient to continue working when it seems like nothing is working and it seems impossible to realize a vision. I believe that these values will be invaluable to me, and that the arts will influence my life because nothing can bring people together like art can.
Mount Tabor High School
Principal: Ed Weiss
Nominating Teacher: Barbara Trinh
Arts Discipline: Visual Arts
What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like the process of watching a project develop from it’s beginning stages of practice sketches to the final product.
Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Probably UNC Chapel Hill or Elon; biology.
What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I recently did a portrait of my grandmother from a picture I found of her as a young adult and it was special to be able to give it to her and see her reaction.
How will the arts influence your future career? I’m not sure whether or not my future job will have to do with art, but I will definitely continue doing visual arts projects for the rest of my life. The creativity of thinking outside-of-the-box that comes with art will be helpful to whatever career I end up going into.
North Forsyth High School
Principal: Melita Wise
SAM Coordinator: Carolina Corona
Nominating Teacher: Helen Siglar