SPEARFISH — Parents, family members, friends, and community members got the chance to see the work of more than 120 Spearfish High School students that was showcased Tuesday during the annual winter art show in the high school commons.
“People have commented on the quality of students’ work and have said how much they enjoy looking (at the) pieces,” Elise Fowlkes, SHS art instructor, said.
She explained that the art show is open to all students at the high school; they do not need to be in an art class to display work. Students have the chance to take the following art courses as the high school: Introduction to art, drawing, painting, graphic arts, photography, and ceramics. Students also have the opportunity to take beginning and more advanced levels of photography, ceramics, drawing, and painting.
Fowlkes said she hears comments from students like, “It’s like a reward for all the hard work we’ve done,” “I like being able to showcase what you can do because it’s kind of like a basketball player at a big game,” and “It lets you see different perspectives,” when they get the chance to display their work for public viewing.
“I thoroughly enjoy looking at students’ artwork and seeing the end result of their many hours of planning, practice, and hard work,” Fowlkes said.
“I enjoy seeing students taking pride in what they have created; for some to show their work in public, it can be intimidating. It’s a risk,” Lisa Howard, SHS art instructor, said. “To have students willing to take that risk is a big deal.”
The winter art show was on display during the winter concerts for the high school bands and choirs, as well as the SHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“These events complement each other. Having these events together allows more people the opportunity to, see, hear, and enjoy a variety of fine arts experiences in one setting,” Fowlkes said.
Howard added that Spearfish High School Art has participated in and won the State Visual Arts competition for three years in a row.
“The next opportunity for our students to compete will be in March in Sioux Falls,” she said, wishing all of the artists the best of luck and adding her appreciation for all the support from the community.
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