Art Club

Club / Activity: Art Club

Advisor(s): Sarah Adams (sadams@mlschools.org)

Art club is a place welcome to students in all grades and with all levels of ability. In art club students will develop their skills, techniques, and create artwork for their personal portfolios. As a member of art club students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other artist on group projects and fundraisers. Members of art club exhibit artwork throughout the school and in outside exhibits in the Borough of Mountain Lakes and neighboring communities. There are about 15 members of the Art Club. The club meets at least once per week on Wednesdays after school from 2:36-3:45; many weeks there is an additional open studio day of Thursday after school 2:36-3:45. Additionally, some students schedule time to work on art club related projects during their lunch, free periods, and on Wednesdays & Thursdays until 5:00 PM if we are working on a lengthy project. The Club highlights and/or accomplishments from last year are:

1.  The Dog Days of Boonton exhibition/community fundraiser; Fundraising for Boonton Dog Days of Summer: 2017-18 Sponsors included: MLHS, Vinnie’s Pizzeria, Don’s Sandwich Shop, Mr. & Mrs. Adams, & Realty Executives of Fairfield. This allowed us to produce four dogs for the exhibit, proceeds supported local community organizations predetermined by exhibit organizers.

2.  Art Club Exhibition & Opening reception at The Mountain Lakes Community Library

3.  Students participated in The First Annual Mountain Lakes Art on the Esplanade Exhibition Juried Exhibition.

4.  Students received feedback from patrons of the exhibition and professional artists that were exhibiting. Emma Lenthe sold two pieces, and Jackie Edwards had an an offer to buy her painting, but her painting was not for sale.
Students took on leadership roles in planning and facilitating school community art events. Projects that members volunteered to lead last year include: Artwork for the fall drama production, the MLK Day Weaving project, the Community Portrait project inspired by contemporary street artist JR in response to the Parkland tragedy.

5.  Students took advantage of open studio time to work on new techniques, or used the extra time & support to build their personal artistic portfolios.

6.  Students taught mini lessons to interested members.

Mrs. Adams states that the goals for this school year are to “continue to work on projects that benefit the school and surrounding community not only visually but through fundraising for charities, and bringing attention and creating a safe a open minded dialogue around social issues meaningful to our student. We want to find additional opportunities for all students to participate, by providing open studio time during free periods for students with other commitments and/or transportation issues. This years’ president, Korene Tu, would like to introduce some art challenges, she currently has promoted members new and old to create artwork, a different color for each day, in November, Huevember. The group is looking to get more involved in the creating artwork for the Fall Drama productions, including creating artwork for the programs, posters, cast headshots, and artwork for the lobby.”
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