FHS Art Update – May 2017

FHS at FAVA 2017 Senior Show

The fourth-year and senior-level art students were honored once again with exhibition space at the FAVA South Gallery this year. All students enrolled in Art 4 and Advanced Art were invited to select two of their best works from the past year to exhibit. Work includes drawing, painting, serigraphy, soft sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.

Exhibiting students were junior Ian Valierus enrolled in Art 4 and seniors Matthew Broightbill, Patrick Brightbill, Ian Crawford, Andrea DiAsio, Adeline Grame, Alexus Herrera, Mikayla Mains, Elizabeth Miller, Miguel Morell, Loren Myer, Sydney Novak, Jenna Pleban, Grade Pohorence, Sophia Pohorence, Connor Price, Hailey Riggs, Lynn Schmittle and Sarah Slack.

Congratulations to all students who had their work on display.


Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to sophomores Marley Buckner and Sarah Drury for having artwork selected to represent Firelands High School in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Marley exhibited a self-portrait acrylic painting rendered in cool colors. Sarah exhibited a self-portrait 4-color reduction linocut print on muslin. This annual exhibition was held April 17-21 at the Marion County Administration Building in Marion, Ohio. A special reception for art students and their families was held on Friday April 21. The girls received beautiful Congressional certificates recognizing this achievement. The 4th congressional district is enormous, snaking from Lima, to northwest Columbus to Seneca and Sandusky counties and includes a strip of Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.

Only two works from each high school from students who live in the 4th Congressional District represented by Congressman Jim Jordan are selected for the annual exhibition. All works are competing to be the one work that represents the district in Washington D.C.

Drury and Buckner 2017

Sarah Drury and Marley Buckner


Firelands High School Artists at Annual Amherst Public Library Spring Art Show
Firelands Art Department once again blooms into the community in the annual art exhibition at the Amherst Public Library. The exhibition invites schools from grades K-12 to participate in this colorful event. The 24 FHS art students come from all levels, Art Fundamentals through Advanced Art and include; Art Fundamentals, Colton Griffith, Rylee Maggard, Juliette Scheufler and Emily Stewart, Art 1 Marley Buckner, Jordon Janosik, Mia Kuncel, Emily Pluta and Hannah Spiegelberg, Art 2 Riley Bayus, Bailey Borer, Genalda Finley, Henry Grame, and John Mullins, Art 3 Michael Durdak, Robbie Hogan, AnaCecilia McKay Lodge, Isabel Solowiej and Nick Street, Art 4 Matthew Brightbill, Addie Grame and Lynn Schmittle and Advanced Art Liz Miller and Connor Price.  The exhibition is being held May 1 – May 21. A reception for artists and their families is set for Wednesday May 10 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Amherst Public Library at 221 Spring St. in downtown Amherst. Library hours are Monday through Thursday 9am – 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 1-5 pm.


FHS Art Society Marches in Oberlin’s Big Parade

The FHS Art Society once again entered the annual Oberlin Big Parade this year held on Sat. April 29. Although this was the first parade we marched with umbrella-up the whole time, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the art students. They designed their entry with the theme of outer space and were each challenged to create their own costume. Emily Pluta was a galaxy, Halle Borer and Anna Denes were astronauts, Bailey Borer was Marvin the Martian, Grace and Sophie Pohorence were a pair of glittering shooting starts, Kaia Loyd was an amazing exploding star, Andrea DiAsio was a long-tailed comet and Loren Myer was a flying saucer. The students even transformed Loren’s old wagon into a rocket at Jenna Selent’s house.

Art oberlin march 1 2017

The Oberlin Big Parade is an annual spring ritual. Anyone can enter with a creatively made costume, musical instruments, singing, dancing or man-powered float. The parade starts at 11am at Prospect Elementary School and ends in Tappan Square with a free hamburger cook-out and DJ playing dance music for the festivities to continue. We are already looking forward to next year.

oberlin march 2017 2


FHS Art Society is Stuck on Geometry!

What can you draw with just straight lines?

Intended to be a series of murals to celebrate Youth Art Month in March, but delayed by a manufacturer’s back order, the FHS Art Society has finally installed our masking tape mural series for the school to enjoy in the hall behind the art room.  Each YAM the Art Society creates a new installation in the school to bring attention to art and creativity. This year the students wanted to use a new material for the project – colored masking tape.

Art Society members contributed many zentangle and geometry-inspired designs for the project. The installation team was Tori Barnett, Lynn Born, Andrea DiAsio, Loren Myer and Sydney Novak. Although temporary, we would like to keep the murals up through the end of the school year. We hope that you enjoy them.

The FHS Art Department is run by Mrs. Laura Tawil