Friday February 10 5 - 8 pm
First Friday Pubic Reception
(rescheduled from Feb 3)
Three Voices, Three Methods, Three Classes from CHS
Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School's Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program in February in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.”
The colorful art will be unveiled at a First Friday reception from with the students in attendance and live music provided by CHS students as well. The show continues through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.
Participants in the innovative IAA program at Camas High School have the opportunity to study connections between academic concepts and themes wile integrating those lessons with the arts. According to IAA Program Leader Gina Mariotti Shapard, this makes their learning more connected, relevant and personally meaningful.
The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of "Voice" this year, according to Shapard, in which students studied political and artistic expression. The freshman cohort learned about the artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. They then chose current pop subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints.
Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class. The juniors created woodblock prints. Each student chose someone she/he deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject. These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their US History course.
This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students. Shapard noted “It's a tremendous opportunity for our youth to have experiences such as showing their work in a professional gallery," and said she was grateful for ongoing support from the community." The show will remain on exhibit through during regular library hours, Monday through Wednesday, Thursday through Saturday.