Ramona’s students exhibit their art at 2Create gallery in May
Ramona’s students opened their portfolios and showcase their work at the annual Student Art Exhibition this month at 2Create Gallery.
The work is displayed side by side with professional pieces available for sale at the Main Street Gallery.
Ramona Art Center executive director Helen Wilson said this was the gallery’s third year hosting a student exhibition, which is usually held during the month of May.
Liz Schaude, a visual and performing arts teacher at Ramona High School, said teachers had selected students’ artwork for display in the show. On Saturday, some of the students were in the gallery for two hours to meet the public and discuss their works.
Ramona High, Casey Flum, 15, featured a bee-shaped transition with a copper background. The project was carried out in a drawing and painting I course taught by Schaude.
“We had to do a shape transition task for the class and I really love bees,” said Casey, explaining why she drew geometric shapes that incorporated bees. “I was thinking of shapes that I could use with a bee shape without being too obvious.”
Casey said she was inspired to take art classes and try to draw by her older sister, 18-year-old Chloe Flum, who is also an artist. Although Casey was thrilled to show her art to the public for the first time, she said she doesn’t plan on taking art classes next year. Her career ambitions are to become a history teacher or a crime scene investigator because she said she loves mysteries.
Ramona High senior and exhibitor Emily Barrett, 19, aspires to be a graphic designer.
“I focus on the graphic art designs that I can come up with and see how different mediums can be taken in different ways,” said Emily, who creates images by hand and on a computer. “I really like to draw and paint.”
For the student art exhibit, Barrett created a head sculpture to illustrate four different sides of the mind and the way people think. The art was completed for a “Four Faces of Me” assignment in her Sculpture II class in high school.
“I’ve always been interested in art since I was very young,” said Emily. “It has been with me my whole life since my grandmother was an artist.”
Another student exhibitor, Rainli Hugelmaier, 16, a sophomore at Mountain Valley Academy, had to complete one of the most difficult jobs for his painting on “the hidden stream.”
Rainli said the task in his Drawing and Painting II class was to recreate a painting by Bob Ross from his YouTube series.
Rainli’s art teacher Lynne Pilkerton said she used Ross, an American painter and art teacher, as an example to show off the different tools that could be used in creating works of art. The students learned to use large and small paintbrushes and knives to add variety and creativity to their work, Pilkerton said.
The mission may have felt overwhelming at times, as Ross aired 35 episodes in each of the 36 seasons of the YouTube video series, she said.
“The students learned how to mix paint and what they can do with their brushes and knives,” said Pilkerton, who encouraged the students to use the tips and ends of their brushes and to use brush strokes. backward. “I gave the students an artistic license to change the paint colors. Bob Ross had endless colors, so sometimes the students mixed their colors.
Rainli said that by recreating her own artwork from Ross’s videos, she often improvised elements that weren’t explained in the videos.
“There were some parts that I was wrong about, but I figured out how to make it prettier,” she said. “The biggest thing I learned was the highlighting. The way he did the highlights was to sprinkle the brushes on the canvas.
Rainli is also experimenting with his own works of art, like adding wolf ears to drawings of people to achieve a fantastic image. She said she had been artistic throughout her life, but only started studying art in earnest a few years ago.
Now she works mainly on digital art and wants to become either a digital artist or a pastry chef as she also enjoys cooking and baking.
Rainli said she had only recently decided to exhibit her work, and even then she was a little hesitant about it.
“Mrs. Pilkerton talked about exhibiting the art, but I wasn’t sure,” she said. “It’s a little weird, especially since I protect my art.”
Wilson said the gallery also hosts other events, such as “Tuesday Nights,” when artists create pieces based on a theme. She said the next theme this fall will be about masking and anything culturally related to masking.
“And we will honor the Day of the Dead because so many people have been lost in this pandemic,” Wilson said.
2Create Gallery, a non-profit, at 438 Main Street, shares its space with the non-profit Ramona Art Center and is only open on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.