The creative and diverse work of Western’s student artists was on display last month in the Black Box Theater. Pieces made from a variety of materials, including self-portraits on large paper, showcased a wide range of artistic expression.
The self-portraits required students to draw themselves while looking into a mirror. In addition, students in the advanced placement studio art class showed their “memento mori” project.
The memento mori is a drawing of a table covered with a tablecloth, a skeleton resting on a set of books, a vase with flowers, and a green bottle on the side of a candle. Students invested hours in their pieces. Some brought color into their pieces by using oil pastels.
“Honestly, I had never worked with this type of material, and that’s why it was a challenge for me,” said AP art student Deisi Bartolon-Morales. “But, overall, it was very fun and I enjoyed doing it.”
Many students said they enjoyed working on these art projects.
“It was nice to see everyone working together,” said senior Geovanni Tinoco.
Tinoco said he worked on his drawing for eight hours.
Western Art teacher Kathleen Dickinson said the goal of the art show is to allow others to enjoy the art and to raise money to better enhance the next art show.
“I just want to give the students an experience of how an exhibition art show feels like,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson said she encouraged her art students to create pieces that they could proudly display on a custom made T-shirt, which was available for purchase by everyone, and served as a fundraiser.
While strolling around the gallery filled with a variety of art pieces, students and families were able to enjoy musical performances by Western students.