Join us for the opening reception of artVISION, a show hosted by the Arts Council of the Valley to celebrate Youth Art Month. Art work from creative students at all Rockingham County Public Schools will be on exhibit. Stop in and say "hey!" to your old art teachers, your current art teacher, and check out what all the other schools in our county are up to.
Light refreshments will be provided.
This opening will take place at the Arts Council of the Valley's Smith House Gallery (311 S Main Street, Harrisonburg Va), First Friday, March 3 from 5-8pm.
Students from BHS who will have work on display:
Make a night of it! Check out the full First Friday line-up on ilovemyburg's Facebook page!
Local artist, Sharon Skates, visited Crafts I classes for a sweet workshop. Sharon has shown interest in art since she was a young girl but it wasn't until she became a mother that she turned her love of art to cakes. As a mother of five children, birthday cakes became an expense that she felt she could avoid by making the cakes herself. Each cake was a new creative challenge and as time went on, her cakes gained attention and popularity. For her workshop here at BHS, she taught students how to create a fondant penguin. Once the basic penguin was constructed, students added accessories (scarves, hats, earmuffs) and created other items (snowmen, puppies, trees, snowflakes, flowers). Sharon even shared two fondant recipes with students so they could make their own at home and impress their families over the holidays!
Sound like fun? You can take a workshop with her yourself! Sharon Skates teaches workshops like this (and more) at local spots like the Plains Distrct Community Center and The Village Arts Center on Main Street in Broadway. Follow her page “Mama Skates Creates” on Facebook for updates on workshops and other tasty/creative endeavors.
Thanks to the affilation between Spitzer Art Center (located in Harrisonburg, Va) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (located in Richmond, Va), we had the opportunity to host professional artist, Beryl Solla. Beryl spent the entire day with Crafts 1 students leading a tile mural workshop. The students started the day with a brainstorm of local imagery, drafted up a design, sketched their design onto the stairwell wall and learned each step of the tile mural process through the guidance of Beryl. The finished mural incorporates the changing leaves of fall, mountains, and the Shenandoah River.
Crafts 1 students took a walking field trip to Blue Ribbon Nursery to purchase pumpkins for carving. We studied the history of Jack-o-lanterns and chose simple designs to carve or paint on our 1:00 release day last week. Happy Halloweeeeeeen muahahahahahaaaa.
This week, Crafts 1 students enjoyed an day of local stories and demos in both Downtown Harrisonburg and Staunton. Our day started early with a stop at Heritage Bakery and Cafe. Owner and JMU Public Health graduate, Isabelle Treciak, shared with us how her early love of baking as a little girl paired with a series of events post-college led her to the idea of opening up this locally loved bakery. Her recipes and ideas are inspired from online resources, old family favorites and local, seasonal foods. After sampling her cupcakes we headed to Sunspots Studios located in Downtown Staunton. At Sunspots we watched a master glass artist create a hot glass pumpkin from start to finish. He also showed us some glass blowing techniques, tricks and things not to do when working with hot glass tools. It's amazing how a mixture consisting mainly of sand can turn into a honey-like glowing ball and then into a beautiful work of glass art! Next we returned to Harrisonburg and walked to the Lucy Simms mural located on the wall of the Elizabeth Street parking garage. This mural was a concept designed by graffiti artist, Andre Shank aka BMBPRF, and local photographer and business owner, Paul Somers, to represent a slice of Harrisonburg's history. Lucy Simms, born a slave in Harrisonburg in 1855ish, was an educator for 56 years of her life. Having only missed one day of teaching, Lucy touched the lives of over 1800 young African American students right here in our county. Her legacy lives through this mural dedicated to her, right in the heart of our city. At this point in the day, we were all ready for lunch so we headed to The Golden Pony for an all you can eat pizza buffet. There, owner and co-designer of the Lucy Simms mural, spoke about how the arts are and have been infiltrated into his creation of The Golden Pony. The restaurant, which houses a rotating art gallery and hosts a wide variety of musical acts nearly every night of the week, has used local artists in many aspects of the restaurant. The murals on the main dining room walls as well as the menus were created by local artist Elliott Downs. There's a stained glass golden pony behind the bar created by local stained glass artist Zac Nafziger. Signs all around the space were hand painted by local sign painter at Age Old Signs. Students gathered for a group photo on the main stage in the basement where many musical acts have poured out their hearts. Two stops awaited us after lunch. We walked from the GP to the newly renovated Chesapeake and Western Train Depot where we met with Vada Kelley of Estland Design and Charles Hendricks of Gaines Group Architects. Vada talked with students about her journey in becoming an independent graphic designer. Charles shared a bit of his life and how living with dyslexia has presented it's own set of challenges. He explained that he "wasn't the best student" in high school and his college path was a rocky road but through it all, he made it and is where he is today because of it. Both Charles and Vada's stories had a common message that through failure after failure, they have found success. Our last stop for the day was with the jewelry artist, Hugo Kohl. Hugo himself gave us a tour of his workshop and talked a lot about his craft, the historic tools he uses in his shop, jewelry making in America from the industrial revolution, and how we can make statements in many ways today with fashion, social media and countless other methods but a long time ago, the craft in jewelry design made many subtle but significant statements.
The day was full but fulfilling. A huge thanks to all the local business owners who took time out of their busy day to meet with students and share their stories. You can thank them too by visiting them yourself!
On Tuesday, upper level Art and Craft students visited two art galleries in Washington DC. Our first stop was the National Gallery of Art where students went on a scavenger hunt for works we've studied in class as well as brand new-to-them works. It was impressive and exciting to hear students call art by the title or identify the artist without looking at the label! After a lunch in the gallery cafeteria we walked across the mall to the circular Hirshorn Museum. There we enjoyed three levels of art that included giant wall murals, sculpture and modern art. What a great group of people to spend the day enjoy art with!
Whether you come to Broadway High School to see our musical or you're just coming to see the Art Show, we'd love to have you! The show can be viewed before each musical performance, during intermission and the times listed below. Come witness the talent of our students!