What Award-Winning Art Looks Like

A glimpse at Jenny Rosenberg's photo class

A glimpse at Jenny Rosenberg’s photo class

Once again, I’m blown away by the talent of our scholar artists—and the judges at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation, Nikon, and other contests felt the same way. This year, dozens of our hard-working students have received recognition from these prestigious organizations. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments.

View their work below (and in-person at our Night of the Arts on Thursday May 9),  and read what their teachers (Katharine Boyd, Anne Maurice, and Jenny Rosenberg) have to say.

Elena Janney

Elena Janney ’14, Scholastic Art Regional Gold Key Award

Elena Janney

Elena Janney ’14, Scholastic Art Regional Gold Key Award

“Elena is driven and prolific. She is a quiet worker who produces the most striking of images using strong contrast. Last summer, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.” —Katharine Boyd

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith ’14, Scholastic Art Regional Gold Key Award

“Sophie is the risk taker always trying out different mediums and approaches. Her portrait was inspired by American artist Robert Rauschenberg.” —Katharine Boyd

Hannah Wilton

Hannah Wilton ’13, Scholastic Art National Gold Key Award

“Hannah is an intense observer of light shadow and detail. She works tirelessly observing and creating drawings from her own imagination and photography.” —Katharine Boyd

Paige Woolman

Paige Woolman ’13, Scholastic Art Regional Gold Key Award (from a photo taken by Miranda Roehrick ’13)

“Paige is a worker bee. She is a magic realist. Her portrait was completed after summer trip to Africa in Daraja Academy. She is a meticulous artist who takes on challenging projects to inspire herself to become a better artist.” —Katharine Boyd

Anna Dawson

Anna Dawson ’14, Scholastic Art Regional Gold Key Award

“Anna’s photographic style is distinctly beautiful and always calls on viewers to look closely to glean deeper meaning. This image was created for the word project. Each student picked a word out of a hat and then used that word as a prompt to create a photographic image. Anna’s word was ‘intriguing,’ and in response, she made this gorgeous photograph. Her use of shallow depth of field, slow shutter speed, and her decision to frame the subject through an open door capture a fleeting moment that evokes more questions than it answers.” —Jenny Rosenberg

Sofie Werthan

Sofie Werthan ’14, Scholastic Art Regional Gold Key Award

“Sofie is an incredibly talented and dedicated photographer. This image was created for a project that challenged students to use the zone system of exposure to achieve excellent negative quality, while devising a concept that could fit the theme of being out of context.  Sofie’s creativity, originality, high level of technical skill, and strong eye for compositions are all on display in this wonderful photograph.” —Jenny Rosenberg

Sydney Block

Sydney Block ’14, National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation

“Sydney has an amazing imagination and always has a clear vision of how she wants her beautifully dynamic forms to evolve. For her Confrontational Ceramic piece, ‘Toxic Waters,’ Sydney developed a striking piece exposing the constant flow of environmental pollution in our oceans.” —Anne Maurice

Callan Coughlan

Callan Coghlan ’13, National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation

“Callan has a wonderful artistic spirit and a strong work ethic. She continually creates designs that are visually compelling and structurally challenging. Her piece, ‘The Sinking of Education?,’ is a commentary on the dire straights our educational system is facing.” —Anne Maurice

Alberto Flores '13, National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation

Alberto Flores ’13, National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation

“Alberto finds pure joy in the act of creating and loves to challenge himself artistically and technically. This piece, ‘Economic Disparity,’ showcases the scale of exorbitant excess and wealth in our society while exacting only a small portion for the impoverished.” —Anne Maurice

Colin Giannini

Colin Giannini ’14, National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation

“Colin is an enthusiastic, curious, and inventive ceramicist. He created this dynamic sculptural box form of a piano entitled ‘A Little Sheet Music.’ His piece shows a wonderful sense of playfulness, movement, and excellent craftsmanship. —Anne Maurice

NoahLani Litwinsella

NoahLani Litwinsella ’14, National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation

“NoahLani is a prolific artist who is always pushing creative boundaries. He is the first to experiment with new construction techniques and interesting surface treatments. He is known for developing and executing elaborate designs quickly and efficiently. Self- motivated, he creates additional abstract pieces, such as ‘Rising,’ which establishes a swelling upward surge of movement bubbling to the top.” —Anne Maurice

Amelia Howard '14, Best of College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by NIKON

Amelia Howard ’14, Best of College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon

“Amelia has an incredible eye for detail and a contagious passion for photography. She took this photo while traveling last summer. Her stunning combination of textures, colors, bird’s eye perspective, and dramatic sense of scale resulted in this dreamy representation of a perfect summer day.” —Jenny Rosenberg

Miranda Roehrick '13, Best of College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by NIKON

Miranda Roehrick ’13, Best of College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon

“Miranda’s photographs capture things or moments that are intrinsically beautiful yet often overlooked. At the beginning of the school year, she casually told me that she had taken many photos during the Daraja trip, including a portrait that she thought was good. I asked Miranda to show me the portrait. This is it, and it is so much more than good. The honesty in this image can only happen when the subject feels connected and respected.”
—Jenny Rosenberg

Scholastic Art Regional Silver Key Awards
Audrey Bell ’14 (drawing/painting)
Anna Dawson ’14 (photography)
Ari Goldstein ’14 (photography)
Tai Hallstein ’13 (photography)
Hwei-Shin Harriman ’15 (drawing/painting)
Amelia Howard ’14 (photography)
Elena Janney ’14 (drawing/painting)
Chase Porter ’13 (photography)
Keli Sherwood ’13 (drawing/painting)
Michael Spielberg ’13 (photography)
Sofie Werthan ’14 (photography)
Paige Woolman ’14 (drawing/painting)

Scholastic Art Regional Honorable Mention
Livia Chesley ’14 (drawing/painting)
Jessie Colin ’16 (drawing/painting)
Ella Cooke ’13 (ceramics)
Kelly Donahoe ’13 (drawing/painting)
Jack Ferguson ’13 (photography)
Tai Hallstein ’13 (photography)
Hwei-Shin Harriman ’15 (drawing/painting)
Amelia Howard ’14 (photography)
Elena Janney ’14 (drawing/painting)
Chase Porter ’13 (photography)
Keli Sherwood ’13 (drawing/painting)
Ella Storey ’13 (photography)
Daisy Williamson ’13 (drawing/painting)

The Marin Society of Artists Annual High School Art Show
Morgan Welsh ’15 (Honorable Mention)
Paige Woolman ’14 (Best of Show Drawing)

Marin County Fair Prestigious Portfolio Award
Tiffany Chang ’12

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