Check out the Contest List 2018


For those eager to show off your art beyond NRHS, check out this contest list. I update it as I learn of new contest and events. Please let me know if you want to submit any of your work into these great contests. I will be choosing the very best student pieces into the 2018-2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in mid-November.


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Inktober @ NRHS



Many artists at NRHS have expressed interest in “Inktober” which gives artists of all ages 31 prompts for every day of October. All prompts are up for interpretation of how to respond. I decided to make an Inktober board (currently located outside of AR-8) Lots of artists have tacked their sketches up. Feel free to join us. On Halloween we will have a little Inktober party during 1st and 2nd powerblock. We hope you can join us!


Here’s the official Inktober site:


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Tennis Ball Value Study


Drawing by Jeny Collins

Students in Drawing and Painting recently completed the Tennis Ball Value Study drawing assignment which challenged them to draw realistic tennis balls. The objectives were to convey convincing form (3D translated on 2D surface) through fully exhausting a complete value scale (relative lightness or darkness of color).


Drawing by Nessren Ourdyl

The drawing process helped students become more comfortable with drawing spheres as well as conveying form without the use of contour lines. 

Pretty great results for just working on there drawings for two class lengths!


Drawing by Baylee Gellar






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Montserrat and MassArt Visit


Art Portfolio Preparation students have been given a concrete idea of what art schools are looking for in their first year students. Marisa from Montserrat (above) and Bryanna from MassArt have now both visited the AR-8 classroom. Both admission counselors offered candid and comprehensive perspectives on their respective schools. In addition, they


reserved time to meet with students to review their current portfolio pieces. This insight supports the curriculum well and gives students a great perspective on furthering their education to pursue creative fields.  For more information on both schools visit:



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Line Landscapes on Display


The 2018-2019 Foundations of Art Students are currently showcasing their responses to the “Line Landscape” assignment in the Media Center.  Students recreated a landscape – either a place they’ve been or want to go and could only use lines and patterns. The drawings were graded on use of a variety of line, coverage of pattern, creativity and craftsmanship.


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Mark Your Calendars!

District Art Show Poster 2018

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Jack Walsh Returns to NRHS


Powerblock students and D Block Foundations of Art were able to meet a unique artist on Wednesday. Mixed-media artist, Jack Walsh returned to NRHS to share his art and creative ambitions. Mr. Walsh specializes in bottle etchings and glass sculptures. He talked about the process of etching bottles from start to finish, which includes mastering a variety of tools and materials from sandblasters, ultraviolet films and polymers to design software applications and paints.

It was a really interesting presentation as Mr. Walsh brought in many pieces for students to closely observe and feel. Mr. Walsh is a glowing example of a person who has followed his passion through perseverance and enthusiasm. At the end of Mr. Walsh’s visit, students were able to consult Mr. Walsh for advice regarding their own recycled robot / embellished object projects.


Watch the process of creating etched bottles here! and here!

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