April 24, 2018 was a great night in Wakefield for the Visual Arts. At the Americal Civic Center, the Wakefield Visual Arts Department hosted a k-12 exhibit in the Drill Hall and the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield exhibited in the Heritage Room. Hundreds of people came out to view the artwork from artists age 5-65.
What is Fright Night? Hosted by the Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department, Fright Night is a Carved Pumpkin Display on the steps of the Beebe Library and a Horror Film Festival at the Galvin Auditorium.
Carved Pumpkin Display
WHS Art students are working on carved pumpkins designs for display on the steps of the Beebe Library from 6-8. Anyone, including middle and elementary school students, parents and teachers who would like to add a pumpkin to the display can bring their creation at 5:45 to the Library steps.
WHS TV Horror Film Fest at the Galvin Auditorium (rated pg 13)
There are two showings at 4:00 and then again at 7:00pm of the WHSTV students horror films. This is a PG13 event and costs $5.00 admission.
In 1889 a Czech manufacturing company named Hardtmuth introduced a “luxury pencil” that was painted yellow.Prior to 1889, the highest-quality pencils were left “natural polished.” Manufacturers usually painted their pencils if they were looking to cover up imperfections in the wood. Accordingly, typical paint colors were dark: purple, red, maroon, or black.
“For a long time the best graphite came from England,” explained Duke University professor Henry Petroski, author of The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance. The very first graphite deposit was discovered in Borrowdale, England, in 1564, centuries before yellow pencils arrived on the scene. Although the British supply of graphite eventually ran out, soon “a new and superior source was found in Siberia.”
A number of pencil manufacturers, including Hardtmuth, now sourced their graphite from Siberia—the vast Russian province which shares borderland with China. That geographic proximity was key for Hardtmuth as it devised its marketing scheme.
In China, yellow had long been tied to royalty. The legendary ruler considered the progenitor of Chinese civilization was known as the Yellow Emperor; thus, centuries later in Imperial China only the royal family was allowed to wear yellow. Eventually, the shade came to represent happiness, glory, and wisdom. Hardtmuth settled on yellow to communicate the graphite’s geographical origins, while also linking its product to the long-held Chinese associations of royalty, and therefore superiority.
Although Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth was the first to produce yellow pencils, Faber and Dixon Ticonderoga followed close behind. (The latter is now responsible for the ubiquitous HB 2 pencil required for standardized tests.)
An oft-repeated bit of pencil lore tells of an experiment conducted by Faber in the middle of the 20th century. The company distributed 1,000 pencils—half yellow, half green—to a test group. While both sets of pencils were identical apart from their color, the green pencils were returned en masse with complaints about their shoddy quality.
The Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department is partnering with the Albion Cultural Exchange to host First Thursday Downtown on June 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This event will be the last art exhibit for the 2016-2017 school year. It is very exciting to host this event that will feature artwork from juniors, sophomores and freshman art students at WHS. The seniors have left the building and now it is time for the underclassmen to showcase their talents. The projects for this upcoming show have been created in the past 6 weeks since Arts Night which was in April.
“Art students are constantly creating and it is very exciting to be able to show off their most recent work,” said Joy Schilling WHSVisual Arts Coordinator. Included in this exhibit will be cardboard sculptures, linoleum prints, paper maché figures and masks, portraits, graphic design work and ceramics.
First Thursday is a great opportunity for the public to see the great things that are happening in the Wakefield Arts Community. Hope to see you on Thursday night.
Over the course of the year, eleven AP Art students have collectively created 264 works of art. They are excited to exhibit their work for fellow artists at the Albion Cultural Exchange as well as the public during the second annual AP Art Gallery Show on Thursday May 18 from 5:00-8:00pm.
Most pieces are for sale. Come support our student artists and celebrate their accomplishments. We hope you can join us!
What is AP Art?
Advanced Placement, or A.P., Studio Art is a series of courses that are divided into three paths: Drawing, 2-D and 3-D. Each student chooses one path to follow for the school year. Unlike traditional AP exams, the AP Studio Art Exam is a portfolio that encompasses three different portfolios: Quality, Breadth and Concentration.
The Breadth portfolio consists of 12 different pieces of art. These demonstrate the student’s ability to incorporate a multitude of different techniques and subject matters. The Breadth portfolio is meant to show versatility and overall risk-taking and a student voice throughout 12 different, unassociated pieces.
The Concentration portfolio is comprised of 12 different works of art that demonstrate the student’s ability to develop original ideas through a variety of pieces that relate to one central idea. The College Board is looking for growth not only in technique but also in the development of the concept that the student has chosen to focus on.
The Quality portfolio consists of five of the best pieces of work that showcase technical and conceptual skill. These can come from either the Breadth or Concentration portfolios or can be completely new pieces. These works are physically sent to the College Board to be judged by experienced artists and art teachers.
Students will be graded by the College Board on each portfolio individually and by different artists who do not see the other portfolios. These three scores are then averaged together to get one final score which is what the students will receive and higher scores will earn college credit for the students.