The ‘A’ in ‘Art’
Watauga High School has a long history of introducing students
to the visual arts.
Graduates of the visual arts program have gone on to careers in fine arts, filmmaking, pottery and other related fields.
The next latest generation of WHS artists preparing to make their way into college and careers will share one last exhibit together.
The WHS Senior Art Exhibition is now on display in the community room of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. A reception for the show will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. The reception is free and open to the public.
Last week, WHS seniors Victoria Earp and Courtney Latham assisted art instructor Lori Hill in hanging the nearly two dozen pieces of art in the new exhibit. Both seniors expressed a desire to continue in the arts after high school.
“I think my favorite project that we worked on my senior year was the ‘Memory Project,’” Earp said. “It made you think about the whole process, from concept to finished product. We had to create a piece of art that started with an idea from a dream or memory.”
Earp added that after graduation, she will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
“I like the foreshortening project,” Latham said. “We had to focus on one part of the body that was closest to the viewer and draw the figure from that point of view. It taught us a lot about perspective.”
All of the artwork in the new BRAHM exhibit was created by senior students in advanced placement classes and the “Arts for Honors” classes. Each student in those classes chose the one piece of art that best exemplifies their growth as an artist this past year.
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099.