Art projects emphasize important messages

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Sierra Zielske, Staff Writer

Recently, the studio art class has been working on a project that can be seen in the senior and art hallway. Every year WJ’s art program creates two-dimensional tape artworks of their choice.

“It contributes to the school’s artistic nature and helps emphasize the art program at Walter Johnson High School,” senior Tatiana Vasilyeva, a student creating a piece said.“It’s a way for students to show their talent and to help others learn about our art program.”

In order to start these elegant projects, the students are allowed to choose their own groups to work in and must decide the inspiration of the projects on their own. There is a lot of freedom when it comes to the piece so that the students are able to express their own definition of what artwork means to them.

The group that Vasilyeva is working with chose the coy fish because to them, it symbolizes strength, courage and the bravery to challenge the odds in order to create one’s own destiny, which is how her group believes it represents the challenges that everyone faces in school, not just a singular person.

“We wanted to put up an artwork that the students would be able to see and remind them to not lose hope even if they are facing hardships. They need to be brave and supportive of others,” Vasilyeva said.

The project isn’t as easy as it could seem, junior Elisabeth Potts says that there were things that she wished could have changed.

“I feel that we could of done a better job if we had more time. But we worked really well as a group and it turned out amazing,” Potts said.

Students had two weeks to create the complex pieces of artwork so there wasn’t enough time to do everything they wanted to add.

“I would have changed the fish’s red color to green so it would represent the school more. The project was still fun and a lot of hard work and effort was put into it. It turned out well,” junior Shiv Kohli said.

If the class could have changed just one thing about the project as a whole, the consensus seemed to be to add more colors, symbols and words to show how the school represents the same goals as the ones symbolized in the artwork.

“Collaborative art has become a big part of artwork. Concept in line and limited color, you’re commuting up with a concept that had to be only executed in line,” art teacher Liz Stafford said.

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