Hello, my name is Fernando Brito. I'm a senior at Wood River High School, and my hobbies include running and making clay sculptures by hand. Don't mess with me because I can be the nicest person you will ever meet or I can be your worst nightmare. I'm a Co-Captain of the Cross Country team, President of the FBLA group, and I participate in Spanish club and Track and Field.
The year has really flown by and many positive things have and are happening in Art. The kids have been introduced to many new mediums and artists throughout the year. Within these lessons they have also found out that everything they are learning in their core assignments matter to everyday life; even visual art! Each project is designed to include aspects and concepts from Math, Reading, English, Science, History, and Industrial Tech. They even get a little taste of PE when wedging their clay. The incorporation of all of these helps strengthen the students' skills in all these areas. I must say they are not always happy about having to use decimals, fractions, multiplication, division, scaling, reading a ruler, reading aloud, knowing the meaning to everyday vocabulary, learning 300+ art vocabulary words, the parts of speech, .....but it is in their best interest.
This year Art I is doing a new art project called Micrographic Self-Portraits. It involved writing an "I am from" poem. The minimum requirement was to have 500 words that consisted of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Other words did not count toward the 500 total. Some of the students had already written a smaller version of this in Mrs. Adelman's English class. Her lesson focused on the 5 senses. My lesson emphasized the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. First, a lesson was taught on the parts of speech, including a color-coded example to help them visualize the differences. After this, the kids got right to work on the poems. After several rough drafts, a final version was achieved. I can't tell you how happy they were when that day came! The poems will be used to create the self-portrait. The following image is an example of a micrographic self-portrait. The only difference is that the students need to recreate their face.
The LouPlatte Art Conference competition this year was held at Adam Central. The workshop focus was on etching glass through sand blasting. The students really enjoyed this activity and some beautiful pieces on mirrors were created. The artwork represented at the competition this year was fantastic. Many pieces were executed masterfully. Wood River placed in the middle of the pack this year. The students did very well, as most pieces that were entered earned an award. What hurt our placement overall was the lack of having artwork to represent every category because the creative efforts of the students were utilized in other needed areas of school. Last year the students helped with stage set design for one act and the musical and created a book for the benefit of student learning. It was a rewarding learning experience for the students.
The following students earned awards at conference: Macy Heise- HM for "My dog and me", Macy Heise- 3rd for "Montana Basin", Macy Heise- 6th for "DJ", Kennadie English- 5th for "The Trail", Kennadie English- 2nd for "Valient King", Norma Hernandez- 5th for "Precious Memories", Jacqueline Secura- 5th for "Quiet Time", Sydney Stoner- 5th for "Blowing Bubbles", Danielle DeVore- 6th for "A View into the Past", Danielle DeVore- 5th for "A Child's View", Danielle DeVore- 6th for "Jasmine", Jalynn Hruby- HM for " Plight of the World", Jalynn Hruby- 2nd for "Still in Development",Destiny Campos- 4th for "Colorful Steps", and Samantha Moss- 6th for "Diva".
Soon the gallery will be filled with projects made this year in art and will once again feature seniors artwork. I encourage you to visit the gallery to see all the great works the kids have created. Fine arts night is May 3. Please come and enjoy music at 6:30 by our band and choir. The awards begin at 7:45. Look forward to seeing you all.