By Carly Guise
For junior and National Art Honor Society president Keely Bluett, art is something that runs in her blood.
“My family has always been kind of artistic,” she said. “I get it mostly from my dad, that type of mindset.”
Despite growing up in a family where art has been prevalent, Bluett didn’t come into her own artistic ability until she reached junior high. In seventh grade, she joined the art club, and in eighth grade, she collaborated on a mural for the school with a team of students.
As she came up to the high school, Bluett started off in an entry-level art class. As the years have progressed, she’s continued her art education with at least one art class every year, and has gone through the ranks of Red Lion’s NAHS chapter to become its president this year.
By Carly Guise
It all started with an email that Ms. Kelly McBrien, NAHS advisor, received nine years ago.
The email, from an organization called the Memory Project, asked a simple question: Would the small group of Red Lion NAHS students be interested in drawing some portraits?
The subjects of the portraits were orphans from all over the world. The drawings quickly became known as ‘Porphans.’
Over the years, photographs of orphans have come to Red Lion from several third-world countries, such as Bolivia, Madagascar, Haiti or Cambodia. This semester, NAHS members are drawing children from Colombia.
By Helen Zeidman
Monsters are everywhere: closets, under beds, and in the Ms. McBrien’s art room. Kindergartners from Windsor Manor are bringing their monsters to life with the help of Ms. McBrien’s high school art students.
Ms. McBrien is partnering with her former student teacher, Mrs. Filiziani, an art teacher at Windsor Manor, to bring their students together with a collaboration project.
“We decided to do a project together when she got a position,” McBrien, the art teacher who helped coordinate the project, said. “No matter where she went, we were going to do something together.”
Kindergarten students from Windsor Manor learned about shapes by drawing monsters. Then, the high school students turned the two dimensional images into three dimensional sculptures of the kindergarteners’ drawings.
“Our mission is to bring two dimensional images into three dimensional product.” McBrien said.
The students were still able to use their creative license with the projects by interpreting what happens after the drawing.
“Not only is is fun to look at kindergarten art, but as artists, the students get to determine what happens after the drawing,” McBrien said.
Translating drawings into sculptures can be harder than it looks. Those stick figure legs that children draw on their monsters do not work well in clay.
“There are some adaptations that have to be made.” McBrien said.
Despite the challenges, the students are happy to be involved with the project.
“I liked taking the little kids’ creations and making them come to life.” Brittany Myers, a junior, said.
Over 70 projects are in the works, with most students making at least two models.
Art is just as important to the kindergartners as it is to the high school students.
“Art continues the creative process,” McBrien said. “The creative process is so important, it helps us find unique solutions to many problems.”
The students enjoy the challenge and fun that art class provides.
“I look forward to going to art class.” Keisha Martinez, a senior, said. “I can show someone my project and say ‘I made this!’”
For some students, art is more than just a class -- it is much needed break.
“Art calms me down.” Brittany Myers said. “It is relaxing for me.”
After the clay is set and the paint is dry, the high school students will present their kindergarten partners with their own monsters and make their nightmares come true. The ceremony will take place in early May.
By Helen Zeidman
I am not an expert on musicals, or even music for that matter, but I do know that Tarzan the Musical, performed by the cast and crew of Red Lion Area Senior High School, was amazing.
The show is being performed March 12 at 7 PM as a make up for the cancellation on March 5, there are also shows on March 13 and 14 at 7 PM and March 12 and 14 at 2 PM in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Everything from the vocals and pit music to the acting and dancing was performed with great emotion and passion.
Mark Peters, the junior who starred as Tarzan, was strong in his lead role. His vocals soared as high as the apes swung.
Allison Thomas, the junior who played Tarzan’s leading lady Jane, charmed the audience with her elegant British accent and stunning vocals.
Terk, Tarzan’s best ape friend, was played by Sarah Foess and Brittany Mancha, who both brought the humorous character to life on the stage.
Hannah Sattazhan excelled in her motherly role as Kala, Tarzan’s adoptive ape mother. She managed to portray the gentleness of a mother and the ferocity of a gorilla at the same time.
The entire cast of apes, including elementary school students, blazed on the stage and in the aisles of the auditorium with endless energy. Even when swinging from vines and tumbling on the stage, they kept smiles on their faces.
The musical is based on Disney’s movie, Tarzan. The show starts off with Tarzan’s parents surviving a shipwreck to be killed by a Leopard, played by Alex Schafer. Kala finds the human baby and becomes determined to raise him as her own.
On the other hand, Kerchak, played by Dante Zumbo, is not to keen on the idea of bringing the “enemy” into his family’s land.
As Tarzan grows up, he must learn to navigate the jungle and the dangerous game of deciding where he belongs.
His decision is complicated when an expedition crew, including Professor Porter and his daughter Jane, come to study gorillas.
Tarzan must choose between his adoptive family and the new-found love he discovered for the strangers like him.
The musical follows a journey of self-discovery, first love and family.
The set, designed by National Art Honor Society volunteers, tricked me into thinking that I was really in the jungle, as did the costumes.
The cast projected their emotions onto the audience so they could feel Tarzan’s struggle of being an outsider in your own family, Jane’s excitement for falling in love for the first time, and Terk’s enthusiasm for pranks and games.
Seeing the cast fly is worth going to the show. The actors gracefully soared through the air with impressive aerobatics.
I would recommend seeing this show to those who love Disney, musicals, or just need something to do on the weekend.
After all, there is no other way to experience the harmony and compassion of this year’s cast and crew.
By Lauren Snyder
National Art Honors Society (NAHS) is mainly about promoting visual arts dealing with our school, our county, and our state.
This fall, stop by and see what amazingly sweet deals they have at their bake sales (held monthly out side Art 2, main lobby).
They will be going on a fall enrichment field trip to the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia for a tour of visual arts. Fall of Porphans is when the group will paint self portraits for orphans mainly in India, Vietnam and Haiti.
“It can be a way to escape drama, you have the gate way to meet new people and make new friends. It’s like a big family”, senior Sarah Renfro said.
-Senior Tyler Robbins is making a communication app that can be used within the group for contact.
- Senior Evelyn Kunce has won the t shirt design, Congratulations!
-This Christmas will be about Secret Santas, instead of buying a gift for the person they picked from a hat, they have to make it.
- Painting windows will be taking place up at the Red Lion community building. Paintings will be of winter scenes and will hopefully be done before Santa’s breakfast begins.
-Process to find inductees starts in December
-Appointments for information will start in January.
-February 1st is induction day
-After inductions are over, set painting for the musical Tarzan will begin.
-Chalk walk will be held in April, listen for further details.
By Sierra Dennison
Dazzling lights, melodic singing, and a story unfolding on the stage are what most people are buzzing about.
The musical, Annie, had a great cast. Most don’t realize that the props and background are key parts of this event.
Red Lion Theater contracted with National Art Honor Society students to paint backdrops. They receive volunteer hours in return. “It’s cool to see the final product at the musical and work together with the NAHS family,” junior member Rachel Jenks said.
Each year is a different level of difficulty. Mainly NAHS students are a part of it, but other students are welcomed to help as well. “It’s great working with the kids and the adult advisors. That’s probably why we have the best musicals in the county,” NAHS advisor Mrs. McBrien said.
Junior member Lindsey Hemmann was awarded the Paint Can Key Award by NAHS for her responsibility and hours she had dedicated.
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