What a Show!


Morgan and Thomas were great contributors to the show, including their creation (with Laura Wagner) of the Starry Night photo booth

Thank you to the terrific NR Visual Arts team for making the Annual District Art Show such a success. The reception included hundreds of the finest, most creative art pieces from all grade levels. In addition to the art, those in attendance also got to play around with the Starry Night photo booth and the variety of funny cutout paintings created by teachers and students.


It was a lot of fun to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they showed their work to their friends and family. Students got to reconnect or meet for the first time the art teachers that will be helping them channel their creativity through grade 12.


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We hope you can stop by and visit the show which is open until May 12th.  Here are a few more pictures of the exhibit.

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Aleksa Wilk’s Art in Marble Collection

FullSizeRender (2)The painting pictured above will be published in the upcoming spring edition of the Marble Collection – Massachusetts Magazine of the Arts. The magazine is a beautiful array of student art across many mediums as well as poems and writings.

Aleksa has enjoyed capturing ocean landscapes and calming scenes of New England. Her work fits perfectly in the Marble Collection.

Click here to learn more about the Marble Collection

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New Exhibits on Main Street

Isabel Thorstad

Isabel Thorstad

Lots of new work has recently been put on display from Foundations of Art and Drawing and Painting classes. The abstract art unit has come to a close in Drawing and Painting and students have helped curate an exhibit of over 30 of the strongest works chosen by the artists as well as a panel of teachers. We had a special mini exhibit on display last week and a number of teachers stopped by the AR-8 classroom to choose the top ten paintings that resonated with them.


In addition, Foundations of Art students have just completed their exhibit showcasing their scaled model prototypes. The new twist this year is to make the objects animated or doing some type of action.


I could go on and on explaining the work but you really need to see it for yourself! To see a lot more abstract paintings click here!

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Julie Beck and John Asimacopoulos share their stories


Drawing and Painting and Art Portfolio classes had the great privilege of sitting in on a wonderful lecture about finding one’s own path in the visual arts and life. Julie Beck visited Anatomy and Figure Drawing back in the fall and it was very inspirational for all in attendance. On Tuesday, the inspiration was once again palpable. Julie and John’s paths both started quite removed from the visual arts as Julie started her schooling to be an engineer and John spent many years as a pre-med student before realizing his true calling – to be an artist. Today, both artists are immersed in their art at the Academy of Realist Art Boston.


They reinforced the importance of working hard, even tirelessly to achieve greatness in what you do. They confessed to working far beyond the traditional 40 hour work week in their current work as artists. However, both artists happily admitted that they both truly feel fulfilled through their art practice.

Julie Beck “Not My Circus” Oil on Canvas 2016

Both artists invited all in attendance to visit them in their studio two blocks from South Station.  Check out Julie’s website as well as the Academy of Realist Art Boston.


http://www.araboston.com/ – contains nudity

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NRHS at the Essex Art Center’s 2nd Annual Teen Portrait Exhibit


Thomas W. with his self portrait titled, “Orange and Eyeless”

I am extremely proud of the eight students who submitted work into the Essex Art Center’s 2nd Annual Teen Portrait Exhibit. The reception on Friday night was attended by some of the artists and their families. North Reading High School was well-represented with portraits and self-portraits that convey a strong dedication and impressive focus on such a challenging subject matter. Any misplaced mark can throw off a portrait and it is clear that all of the work help portray the individual in a variety of emotions and subtleties.


Miss the reception? The exhibit is open through April 13th.  Here’s a glimpse of the show.


Laura Wagner (top) and Kenzie Iriana (bottom) went from the Congressional Art Show to showing at Essex Art Center. Not too shabby!


Francesca D. put in the extra effort and it shows. 


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NRHS Invited to EAC Teen Portrait Exhibit

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Students in Art Portfolio and Anatomy and Figure Drawing have been selected to showcase their work at the Teen Portrait Exhibit at EAC in Lawrence. We hope to see you there!

Want to take a great art workshop and meet new people, check out EAC’s great offerings!

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