National Art Honor Society
By: Corinne Minnick. Online Copy Editor
March is Youth Art Month; it is a month for supporting art and art education in America. Students are encouraged to express their creativity through drawing, sculpting, painting and more. There will be an art gallery during lunch next week here at James River in honor of Youth Art Month.
Art students have come up with a creative way to spread the news about this month.
“We created Youth Art Month buttons for teachers and faculty to wear this month,” art teacher Anne Constanzer said.
All the buttons are different and the art students had a lot of fun making them.
“I think they are great visual displays. It the best way for us to recognize Youth Art Month and it’s wonderful that we can see teachers and faculty wearing the buttons we made,” Constanzer said.
The art department came up with several fun activities for students interested in art.
“For Youth Art Month we are creating a gallery during lunch. Originally we had it scheduled during ONE lunch, but since that was taken away, we will be doing it next week. The NAHS students will be bringing in their artwork. We have also contributed to the Suntrust Youth Art Month show,” Constanzer said.
The art teachers have even had other teachers help inspire students through art as well.
“We have a big display when you first walk into the school, and all the teachers in the school contributed art, whether it’s photography, or graphics, or drawings. We did that in hopes that students will be inspired by it and and just know that art is involved in our everyday lives. It can be translated to math and science and they can see that, appreciate it, and celebrate it,” Constanzer said.
Be sure to check out the art gallery at lunch next week, and don’t forget to take a minute to appreciate art this month.
By: Eva Dorn, Staff Writer
Standing a little bit above five feet with long brown hair in an understated flannel, senior Olivia Marino is a quite extraordinary student at James River High. For starters she is the president of James River’s NAHS or National Art Honors Society.
“Two of my biggest passions are art and community service, and with NAHS I can bring the two together,”Marino said.
Among Marino’s accomplishments, she has been accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design.In addition,her artwork has been displayed at the Chesterfield County Festival of Fine Arts consecutively in the past two years.
Art has always been a big part of Marino’s life, but she didn’t start pursuing art seriously until her freshman year of high school. Marino is currently a student in art teacher Toussaint Manley’s 3D Design Three class. She also takes Graphic Arts One.
“Mr.Manley inspired me to be committed to my art,” Marino said.
Taking Mr.Manley’s class has been a positive experience for Marino. It has been an experience to help her to learn and grow with her art.
“I’m inspired by my peers in art class, and they challenge me to be a better artist,” Marino said.
Marino has created many pieces of art in Mr. Manley’s class and in graphic arts, one of her personal favorites is The Glass Converse. The piece is a modern take on a Cinderella shoe which she had to do for a class assignment.
“The Glass Converse is really personal to me because it represents me as a little girl and myself now,” Morino said.
Morino has created many other meaningful pieces of art. Marino’s Car Radio inspired by the Twenty One Pilots song is another one of Marino’s personal favorites. She has also made several graphic pieces.
“Olivia is a very detail oriented artist. Her artistic process is amazing because she puts so much thought into her work,” Manley said.
Marino plans to pursue her art after high school. At the moment she is uncertain whether she will attend SCAD. However, there are a couple of colleges she is also looking into.
“I plan to study graphic art, crafting or art education. I would like to go to James Madison University or Virginia Commonwealth University,” Marino said.
Whether Marino goes to SCAD, VCU or JMU, she plans to continue pursuing her art. She is not yet sure if she wants to pigeonhole her self into an art related career,but she is certain whatever she will do it will relate to art.
“Whatever I do I will remain in touch with my art whether it’s professional or personal,” Marino said.
By: Mac Dooley, Sports Editor
It is never too late to get involved. On Thursday, October 22nd during lunch in the open commons, the Club Fair hit the scene. The Club Fair was an event where students could gain information and register for the ones they wanted to join. There were many clubs that participated in the fair such as Swim Club, The National Art Honor Society, DECA, Do Something Club, and Interact Club.
By: Kayla Kirk, Staff Writer
On Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, Cosby High School hosted the Chesterfield Fine Arts Festival that showcased visual and performing arts from all 63 schools in the county. The Festival featured paintings, drawings, sculptures and other visual arts; also, three stages were set up for the Jazz bands, Improv Comedy groups, fiddlers, drummers and other performing arts.
“It was a huge success; a lot of kids that normally don’t get recognized for their artwork were praised over the weekend. We have an amazing art staff and amazing art students at our school,” Art 1 and 3D design 1 & 2 teacher Toussaint Manley said.
At the festival, the atmosphere felt very lively with the set ups of artwork from all the schools that were uplifting and colorful. People of all ages attended, which resulted in it being slightly hard to go from display to display, but it was still enjoyable regardless of that. Everyone was allowed to come since the festival was free and the community to came and examined the arts of Chesterfield County.
By: Carly Lester, Staff Writer
Every March is officially Youth Art Month, a month dedicated to the value of art and art education. James River’s National Art Honor Society took charge and participated in several events celebrating the arts.
“It’s just really cool to be able to share art with the whole school, which is what NAHS is all about. Youth Art Month, and all the activities that go along with it, are a great way to do that,” sophomore and NAHS member Sarah Morgan said.
The activities organized include painting small canvases to pass out to teachers and a new mural outside of the quad.
“We’re going to be having a gallery walk at the end of the month on Monday the 30th, and there’s going to be free food, live music, a ton of different art pieces; people are welcome to come anytime during lunch,” NAHS president Laney Spears said.
With all of the events that NAHS is doing during Youth Art Month, some students may become interested in joining the club for next year.
“Definitely [get into] contact with someone that is in the club itself, and show people [your portfolio]. You don’t necessarily have to be really skilled or anything, but if you’re interested, you should definitely think about applying,” Vice President of NAHS Benjamin Caracciolo said
If interested, applications need to be completed and submitted to Mrs. Bisogno in room 2501 by Friday, April 3. Tryouts are Thursday, April 16, and students must assemble five pieces of artwork. Current NAHS members will review the portfolios and conduct informal interviews.