WHS Visual Arts – We are here and we are creating Art

WHS Visual Arts – We are here and we are creating Art

Wakefield High School Art students started off the new school year with a very different schedule. The current situation however, is not slowing down the production of Art. Art 2 students are making masks, not the type of mask that you think. We are using clay and paper mache.

While Art has always been our priority, we believe art is more important now more than ever. We need to get away from the thinking about quarantine, masks, and staying 6 feet away from each other. What we are doing is creating art, learning new processes that take the imagination away to other places. We need to stay aware of the beauty of our world. We need to stay active, hone our skills, and keep our minds occupied. It’s what connects us with each other, even if we can’t connect directly right now.

What did WHS Visual Arts do during quarantine?

What did WHS Visual Arts do during quarantine?

School may have been closed but WHSVisual Arts created art and video.

1. Twelve TV Production students qualified for certification as Black Magic DaVinci Resolve Editors. 

To become certified, students completed online training, tested and scored above an 85.  Black Magic DaVinci Resolve is an innovative tool for editing including the revolutionary new cut page, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production, all in a single application. Black Magic was designed specifically for editors working on high end fast turn around work such as television commercials and news cutting. It’s an alternate edit page with a streamlined interface and revolutionary new tools that allow you to import, edit, trim, add transitions, titles, automatically match color, mix audio and more. The cut page has everything you need to get the job done, all in one place. Plus, the regular edit page is still available so you can switch between edit and cut pages to change editing style right in the middle of a job. 

 2. Chopp’d the WHSTV & Culinary Edition

For years, TV Production teacher Jonathan Berecz and Culinary Arts Teacher Susan Lacy have been talking about creating a cooking show and the quarantine provided the opportunity for them to create six episodes of Chopp’d. Each week, Lacy posted the required ingredients, Berecz provided tips on how to get the best video from your phone and what happened after that is now history. A variety of teachers and even a few brave students recorded themselves in their kitchens cooking a meal using a few required ingredients. “Challenge accepted Lacy”  Here is the link to the Chopp’d Playlist https://bit.ly/2MF4DhI

3. The Getty Museum Challenge The challenge was inspired by the artworks from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection. Art2 and Photo students selected and recreated  famous works of art using family members and pets. Here is the link to the virtual gallery  http://tiny.cc/e58cqz

4. Virtual Art Galleries replace Arts Night 

Mrs Schilling, Mrs McKenna, and Mrs Teal worked with a virtual art gallery program called Artsteps to create a virtual showcase of student work. Here are the links. Please be patient while the presentation loads, it might take a few minutes. Once it’s loaded click on the guided tour, sit back and enjoy.

Mrs Schilling’s Art 2 Student Showcase https://tinyurl.com/y9c2hkfl

Mrs. McKenna’s Studio Art 1 Student Showcase https://www.artsteps.com/view/5eb8255414274c2cd4e1e245

Mrs. McKenna’s Ceramic 1 Student Showcase https://www.artsteps.com/view/5eb9cba0a0a42242d9e0b972

Mrs. McKenna’s Ceramic 2 Student Showcase https://www.artsteps.com/view/5eb4613f77b4156f9ba90d42

Mrs. McKenna’s Honors Illustration Student Showcase https://www.artsteps.com/view/5ea9d5f577b4156f9ba3fe63

Mrs. Teal Art1 and Art2 Student Showcase https://www.artsteps.com/view/5e84d1b1fef0d01827b10761

5. AP Studio Art students submit their portfolios to the College Board

The AP Studio Art students this year are Retta Carroll, Paige Carlson, Kayleigh Callanan, Taylor Phillips, Connor Chan, Kyra Hoffman, Ruchi Patel, John Ruggiero (the only junior), Tyler Herson and David Root. So many of you would have attended the traditional gallery show at the Albion Cultural Exchange to celebrate. Mrs. Giannotti created a video of the artists talking about their work. Here is the link to the video on YouTube and also on Facebook on Wakefield Visual Arts.

6. Intro to Film & Video students produce at home

The Intro to Film & Video students produced short videos while at home.  With some limitations with technology, most students were able to write a script, record shots and edit the video right on their phone. Be sure to check out the “How to Make Popcorn” with the “How to…” video project along with the B-Roll Challenge where students recorded and edited static shots of various locations in their homes. .

WHS Ceramics to display at Art & edibles Exhibit – Where Art, Food, and Community come together.

WHS Ceramics to display at Art & edibles Exhibit – Where Art, Food, and Community come together.
A few examples of the ceramic food project created by WHS Visual ARt students:
Peach- Bridget Noell, Banana- Liam Bry, and Avocado- Nora Markham.

WHS Visual ARts Ceramics students have been  invited to take part in the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield’s third annual Art & edibles exhibit. Since the beginning of the school year, Ceramic students have been working with clay, learning about wedging, glazing, and hand building techniques such as test tiles, pinch pots, joined vessels, and coil construction.  Successful hand building is based on quality craftsmanship and glazing is vital to the success of the finished piece. To showcase what they have learned, students were asked to recreate some type of food out of clay, and to make it as realistic as possible. Approximately 30 projects will be included in the show.

The public is invited to this free exhibit on Thursday, February 27 from 6 – 8pm; Friday, February 28 from 6 – 8pm; and Saturday, February 29 from 10am – 2pm at the Albion Cultural Exchange,  9 Albion Street in downtown Wakefield. 

Art & edibles features the work of 20 Arts Collaborative of Wakefield artists who have been creating “food inspired art”.  Select works will be available for sale to attendees that include pieces for custom gifts, decorations, or new pieces to add to your collection.

Complimenting the food inspired art will be food for visitors to eat. Zuzu’s Café will provide appetizers and there will also be food tastings, discussions, and interactive cooking demonstrations by local restaurants and purveyors. The Savings Bank of Wakefield is sponsoring the event.

Local resident, Wendy Dennis, will be doing cooking demonstrations at 6:45 on Thursday and at 7 on Friday. Neighbor’s Acres Farm will present “Meet the Micro-Greens Maker” on Friday at 6:30. Closing out the exhibit on Saturday  at 11am, Grateful Tastes, will present “Meet the Maker” with a discussion about how to make jams & jellies using local ingredients.

The Albion Cultural Exchange, the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield and WHS Visual Arts hope to see you at the show.  

Art 2 Atmospheric Perspective

Art 2 Atmospheric Perspective

Art 2 classes just finished up tempera landscape paintings with the focus on Atmospheric Perspective. Atmospheric perspective deals with how the appearance of an object is affected by the space or atmosphere.  As objects recede, detail disappears, values begin to get lighter, colors begin to fade and detail disappears.

2019 Holiday Window Painting

2019 Holiday Window Painting


It was an AWESOME day and the students did an amazing job. So proud of them and happy to work in a community that supports the arts and welcomes our students into their businesses.

WHSVisual Arts Carved Pumpkins at the Beebe Library

WHSVisual Arts Carved Pumpkins at the Beebe Library

October 24, 2019