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Jazmin Frank Jon Jee Canvas? Check! Paint brushes?

Published: March 5, 2011 11:00 PM

Jazmin FrankJon JeeCanvas? Check! Paint brushes? Check! Frames? Check! Judges? CHECK! Everything is set for the 2011 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. This art show "is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio" (http://www.govart.org/). This year John Glenn is hosting the Eastern Regional show this Saturday, March 5.This show is open to all high school students. However, the majority of the work being entered from John Glenn was created by the Art IV class, a mostly senior class. Also, a number of other high schools participate in the regional show including Zanesville, Buckeye Trail, West Muskingum, St. Clairsville, Steubenville, Cambridge, Barnesville and others.The Art IV class is structured to provide a lot more freedom to young artists, giving them the chance to explore different art forms and media, with art teacher Amy Kennedy providing help and instruction when needed. "This freedom pushed me to become a more independent and confident artist," says senior Kelsey Henceroth.Our Muskie artists have been working hard since the beginning of the year, creating pieces to enter in this state wide show. Often art is seen as something that doesn't require much effort. Just throw some paint on the canvas, and you're done. A lot more work than just slapping down paint has to happen before a piece can be entered in a show like this one.The Art IV class has worked on a variety of projects this year. Everything from pencil drawings to watercolors, acrylic paint, pottery, and even a 3D self portrait has been created in the walls of the art room. Senior Stephanie Shaffer is the artist behind the 3D portrait, and said that it is the favorite piece that she had created this year. "I enjoy seeing people's reactions when they realize how much work I put into it," says Shaffer.The finished product doesn't come easily or quickly. Just like Shaffer's piece, a lot of work goes into every art piece, no matter what the size or medium. So how much work goes into creating an art piece? "So much!" replied senior, Charleigh Lemon. "I always complain about all off the little steps before beginning a project but they are worth it. Picking out stretcher strips, sketching thumbnails, cutting canvas, Gesso," all of it is a part of the process.Art takes a lot of planning, perseverance, patience, and a lot of work after the artist declares a piece completed. In order for a finished piece to be entered into a show there is even more work that needs to be done. Though the artists themselves do the finishing touches to their pieces, Kennedy does most of the last minutes details. She's in charge of everything from selecting the work to be entered and matting and framing pieces, to finding student volunteers for the judging and even finding judges. John Glenn has been known to do quite well at the regional level of the Ohio Governor's show. "We do very well at the regional judging and have had students in the state show for many years," says Kennedy.The date to remember is Saturday, March 5 at John Glenn High School. Be there to support the John Glenn students and admire the hard work our Muskie artists and other young artists from surrounding schools have put into their projects.

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