Students showcase their talents at Spartan FiestaArt students at Superior High School have been wowing visitors with their work during the Spartan Fiesta for more than four decades. “The public is amazed at the quality of work done by our high school students,” said Bill Gedde, SHS art teacher.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Art students at Superior High School have been wowing visitors with their work during the Spartan Fiesta for more than four decades.
“The public is amazed at the quality of work done by our high school students,” said Bill Gedde, SHS art teacher.
The youth will display their talents again Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in the school gymnasium during the 43rd annual Spartan Fiesta.
“The entire gym is full,” said Koriann Lee, a SHS senior and artist. “I think it’s fun to walk around and see the work.”
Fellow senior artist Rebecca Noble said you can get a sense of student viewpoints by looking at their art.
One of the biggest collections will be that of senior art student Iashia Bolton.
“This year, I’m showing over 43 pieces,” she said, from scratchboard and watercolor pieces to chalk, oil pastel and acrylic works.
The more people who attend the free fiesta and offer feedback, the better, she said.
“It really encourages students to go out and create more,” Bolton said.
SHS art teachers have influenced Bolton’s career choice. She plans to become an art instructor because of the positive effect art has on youth.
“You take out negative energy and turn it into something positive,” Bolton said. “I see it all the time, especially in art class.”
Noble, who plans to major in fashion and apparel at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, said she appreciated the myriad art types she was able to explore — from painting and ceramics to interior design and fashion.
The classes are both challenging and nurturing.
Katie Nelson, a senior art student, pointed out the differences between her first colored pencil piece, a self-portrait, and her second, a sleepy kitten.
“As you can see, it got better,” she said.
Bolton noted how difficult it was to design a safety poster and get the letter style and size uniform.
“It’s a lot harder than a person would think,” she said.
But there’s a comfort level in the room, students said, that gives them the freedom to experiment and create.
“Everybody helps everybody,” Bolton said.
The Spartan Fiesta allows art students in every grade to shine.
“Art has a long rich, tradition here at SHS dating back to the days of Tony Yaworski and Ron Orlandi,” Gedde said.
The tradition lives on Thursday at the fiesta. The event features student artwork and ceramics, furniture design and sheds created by technical education students, garden plants by the garden club and refreshment by Sweet Links. Entertainment includes vocal, guitar and dance performances by SHS students.
In addition, the works of seven seniors vying for the Yaworski and Burgraff art scholarships will be displayed. Those competing include Lee, Noble, Bolton, Amanda Bedard, Amanda Doolittle, Emily Eisenmann and Heather Kempton.