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WPHS Art Classes Unveil Masterpieces and Talent

PACK Press gives a well deserved spotlight to the art program, ran by Breanna Carleton and Hanna Green.
Monissa Sherali
Diligently working on her masterpiece, Ava Eidam (11) completes her final touches before she goes onto win 1st in the Window on a Wider World competition.
Smiling with classmates, Antonio Baca (11) works on his Master Studies project where art classes recreate a famous piece of artwork on vinyl. (Monissa Sherali)

The WPHS art students have put many hours of time and relentless effort into their art. While being outstanding academically, West Plains has also had multiple students succeed in art competitions and be featured in community art events. 

I think the subjectivity of art helps students express themselves better,” said art teacher Breanna Carleton. “I also think the freedom of exploration that art allows helps students learn who they are and eventually how to express themselves. You can essentially say what you feel without saying it word for word, but instead through images.” Even though art class might seem subject to gifted artists, it is a very enjoyable and comfortable place for inexperienced artists to try. Art is a place where you can be yourself and open up. ¨My favorite thing about art is that I can make a memory, a person, an animal, or a thing last forever,” said sophomore Jocelyn Williams. “Once something is on a canvas, it’s there to stay. It’s like a moment frozen in time for people to admire for years.”  West Plains’ art students can capture special moments and things such as people or animals. They believe anything that has value to someone can last a lifetime through art. Creating personal art is a good way to express your  passion for doing art and showing others the way of creating something so special.

Select art students competed in the art in the park event outside of school in September. Ava Eidam, Ainsley Hall, Joss Williams, Katie Renfroe and Yuna Iwai won recognition for their pieces in the event. “Art is a really fun, productive way to spend my free time,” said Williams. “It makes me really happy to have a finished product at the end.¨ Art is something you can do in your free time and healthy way to deal with stress.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Art is a very rewarding thing to be apart of. All these amazing students have shown how art can be inspirational and creative. They have shown their love for art through many ways. The art teachers, Ms. Green and Mrs. Carleton, continue to have an impact on their passion for art and supporting them along the way. 

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Jacie Venzor
Jacie Venzor, Journalism Staff
Jacie Venzor is a junior at West Plains High. Her favorite thing to do is play sports such as cross country and track. Their favorite part of journalism is getting to see all the amazing things about our school and the people in the community, and how everyone plays a part in the school. Their advice to future West Plains students is: “Always be yourself, don’t think you have to be someone you're not, and always remember your hard work does not go unnoticed.” 
Bella Wineberg
Bella Wineberg, Journalism Staff
Bella Wineberg is a sophomore at West Plains High. Her favorite thing to do is to play sports such as volleyball and softball. Their favorite part of journalism is getting to see the unseen side of West Plains and what it is really all about. Their advice to future West Plains students is: “Get involved in everything you have the opportunity to. You will meet amazing people that you wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise. Always be honest and true to yourself!”

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