March 22, 2012

Local Artists Shine at Collegiate Competitions

SCR-I art students Wyatt Kice, Logan Remley, Mark Johnson and Renay Friendshuh created this sidewalk drawing as part of the "Modernize a Masterpiece" contest during the Culver-Stockton College art competition.

On March 15th, students from the Scotland County R-I art department departed Memphis at 7:30 a.m. to attend the Culver-Stockton College Fine Art Days for high school students at the college campus in Canton.

Students got to present works in the gallery ranging from drawing, painting, charcoals, and colored pencils, to sculptures, and ceramics.

Six high schools from across Missouri participated with students entering more than 100 pieces of artwork for display.

While judges placed winners in the gallery, students got to meet the art professors and directors of Culver's art department and campus.

"The students were invited to participate in several different workshops and work with the faculty and campus art students," said SCR-I instructor Dustin Harper. "They were able to make block prints to print on t-shirts and take home. They also learned to draw with finely grounded up charcoal and create very realistic clouds.

Harper added that the kids were introduced to designing notebooks out of handmade papers, including a new favorite, encaustic painting. Encaustic painting is the art of melting wax repeatedly and creating an almost sculptural form when the wax builds up to a 3 dimensional shape. They also got to witness pottery be thrown with a pottery wheel and witnessed a graphic design program to show students computer illustration and digital media.

After the students' workshops and during lunch, the kids were invited to have a sidewalk drawing contest where they were encouraged to "Modernize a Masterpiece".

Scotland County's design was created by junior, Logan Remley, and executed with his fellow classmates, junior Wyatt Kice, senior Mark Johnson, and freshman Renay Friendshuh. They chose to redo Vincent Van Gogh's self portrait with a robot missing an ear, complete with Vincent's famous vibrant red beard and mustache, and a band-aid over the missing lobe. They also showed Van Gogh's famous impressionistic style with computer binary code in the back ground.

Judges awarded one Artistic Achievement winner and one honorable mention in each category from among the 100 of entries. Renay Friendshuh won an honorable mention in drawing for her picture of a realistically drawn pixie. Senior Dylan Arnold won an honorable mention for his charcoal drawing of a pair of boots. Senior Mark Johnson won an Artistic Achievement award for his charcoal of a sculptural bust.

Following the show, the students departed Canton at 4:00 p.m. with a few new faces fresh from Memphis, and headed to Hannibal La-Grange College for the school's 23rd Annual High School Art Competition.

SCR-I's art department had 12 junior and senior high school students enter work in the contest, with nine of the students earning awards.

Award recipients included junior Matt Robbins who won 1st place in sculpture. Senior Dylan Arnold won a 2nd place award for a mixed media charcoal drawing, with 3rd place going to junior Anna Hirner for her relief mixed media sculpture.

Junior Tahnee Forquer took home an honorable mention for her acrylic painting.

Scotland County swept the Colored Pencil Category with 1st place being awarded to senior Elizabeth Duzan, 2nd place going to senior Mark Johnson, and 3rd place awarded to junior Morgan Carleton.

Winning Best in Show for Drawing went to junior Wyatt Kice. With his award, Wyatt was presented with a $2,000.00 scholarship to Hannibal La-Grange College.

Wyatt Kice's award winning artwork.

"I am so proud of all the students who had work presented," Harper stated. "Congratulations to all the winning entries. To be chosen to represent the school's ability and work quality is an achievement in itself. Keep up the great work."

All of the pieces entered in both competitions and winning works will be presented at this year's annual Scotland County Art Show.

"The community is invited to visit the show and see what incredible artistic talent these students have," Harper said.

The show will be held May 11th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with awards to be presented at 7:00 p.m. The venue for this event is to be announced.

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