Lakeview High School art teacher, Leah White, is holding an art student showcase to show off the skills of Lakeview High School students on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Lakeview High School Library from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Over 50 pieces of art will be shown, with most of it coming from two art classes, plus final projects from seniors. Also showing work will be students from the photography class, and floral design classes.
White views this as a way for students to learn real-life art skills and presentation skills as well, even if they do not go into art full-time as a career. Students must write an artist statement and wall tags, which will be displayed with their art. This is part of working on students speaking and writing skills, according to White.
“They are learning a vocabulary, and working on explaining their passion, even if they do not go into art,” said White.
This is White’s first year teaching at Lakeview High School, as she came from Kotzebue, Alaska, where she taught art for the high school there. She also held a similar art show in Alaska, and had a wonderful response from both students and the public.
So far she has had incredible buy-in from students in the planned art show. She does not have exact standards on what students pick out of their portfolios, instead she lets them choose what they want to show.
Having an art show like this is part of national art standards. White is big on teaching art as a craft, especially in leatherwork. She wants to show that art is not just something intellectually challenging, but can be useful towards a career.
At the end of the school year there will be another art show that will feature art from the Art II classes and senior portfolios.
The art show is free and open to the public. Lakeview High School is located at 906 S. 3rd St., For more information contact Lakeview High School at 541-947-2287.