Students showcase artwork in annual show |

Students showcase artwork in annual show

by Caryn Haller

Hannah May, 18, is hoping to have her anthropomorphic Greek vase finished in time for the art show.

Douglas High School's annual showcase is 6-8 p.m. May 8 in the media center.

"I wanted to do something with a face because I like people," Hannah said of her vase. "To make the nose you have to put a huge clump of clay on so I had to really carve it down which was difficult."

Hannah spent two weeks throwing the vase part of her piece, and another two weeks sculpting the face.

"I like that you can make so many different things in ceramics," Hannah added. "It doesn't have to be just bowls and cups. It can be really interesting."

Senior ceramics student Sage Pintler won a gold key in the Scholastic Art Contest in March with her wheel-thrown teapot and cups.

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She also received silver key for a bowl and honorable mention for her set of mugs.

"I was really excited because it was my first award for ceramics, and usually they choose nonfunctional objects, so I was really excited," Sage said of her awards. "I mostly wheel throw so I have a ton of bowls, mugs and vases that I give to people as gifts."

Sage has taken ceramics classes for three years, and said this year has been her best.

All of her award-winning pieces will be on display at the art show.

Graphic design student Dean Cervantes, 17, won two gold keys at the Scholastic Art Contest for his digital art pieces.

Using Adobe Illustrator, Dean turned photos of people he knew into priests with bright robes and vivid backgrounds.

"I was influenced by the uniforms they wear. It's neat to look at," he said of his subject choice. "I was surprised that I won, but I'm happy about it. It was a passion project."

This is Dean's first year in graphic arts.

"Telling the computer to do it is a lot easier than having to put the color in myself," Dean said. "Art is a way of keeping my mind off a lot of things. I enjoy making something nobody has made before. If I could do this professionally, it would be cool. For now I just do it for fun."

The art show will consist of more than 300 pieces of ceramics, photography, computer graphics and screen printing.

The high school Jazz Band and choir will perform and light refreshments served.

"Every time people come to the art show they are impressed by what they see," said Kelley Yost, fine art department chairwoman. "They are always in disbelief that high school students created it."

Douglas High School is located at 1670 Highway 88 in Minden. For more information, call 782-5136.

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