Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa

Rasa Barzdukas ’17 sits on the quad, occasionally looking up from her sketchpad. Pages are spilling out of her notebook, each covered in sketches waiting to be perfected in the studio. Barzdukas has been drawing since before she can remember. Though she did not enroll in any art classes until her sophomore year, her earliest […]

Students named Scholastic Art & Writing Award recipients

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards named 119 students as gold key, silver key and honorable mention recipients for the regional competition on Friday. Sixteen students were awarded for writing and 103 were awarded for works of art or portfolios. Gold Key recipient work will advance to a panel of national judges. “The number of […]

YoungArts names upper school photographer, singer as finalists in nationwide art competition

YoungArts names upper school photographer, singer as finalists in nationwide art competition

YoungArts recognized Arianna Shooshani ’18 and Elizabeth Gaba ’17 as finalists for their 2017 contest submissions. Shooshani and Gaba were among the 691 artists selected out of a pool of 7,970 applicants representing 40 different states, the most applications that YoungArts has received to date, according to their website. Both received the finalist title, the […]

Department receives three new kilns

Three new 4,000 pound kilns were delivered by crane to the upper school visual arts department on Aug. 19. These new kilns are replacements for older kilns that have been at the Upper School for more than 30 years. Clay firing requires different types of kilns to yield different appearances. “You have to do two […]

Student wins scholastic award for photography

Student wins scholastic award for photography

The Scholastic Press Association awarded Maddy Daum ’18 the Best-in-Grade Award for her photograph taken in Cambodia, which was put on display at Carnegie Hall June 2. According to the Scholastic Press Association, the Best-in-Grade Award is given to the most accomplished writers and artists in grades seven through twelve. Two artists and two writers from […]

AP art students push to finish portfolios by May 6 deadline

AP art students push to finish portfolios by May 6 deadline

As the May 6 national deadline nears, Advanced Placement Studio Art students are working to complete portfolios that will demonstrate their breadth, concentration and quality as artists. While students in Advanced Drawing and Painting III need to finish only five pieces, students in AP Studio Art need to finish 24 pieces for their digital portfolios. […]

Art classes use new furnace

Art classes use new furnace

The arts department recently purchased a glassblowing furnace. Using the new furnace, students have the capability to shape and blow molten glass more quickly and with more ease. Previously, artists in the glass course and in Three-Dimensional Art III were forming pieces of glass and putting them in a kiln, where the glass would slump […]

Students receive Scholastic Art Awards

Photography Gold Key Arianna Shooshani ’18 Naomi Barlava ’17 Gabi Berchtold ’18 Natalie Choi ’18 Maddy Daum ’18 Oceania Eshraghi ’18 Karina Guo ’18 Abbie Howell ’18 Nicole Kim ’18 Sakura Price ’18 Mason Rodriguez ’18 Photography Silver Key Ellis Becker ’18 Megan Cohen ’17 Arianna Shooshani ’18 Oceania Eshraghi ’18 (2) Jadene Meyer ’18 Chloe […]

Visual arts teacher to retire after 25 years

Visual arts teacher Art Tobias will retire after 25 years of teaching at Harvard-Westlake to continue working in his ceramics studio and on other projects that are “halfway completed.” Tobias began teaching in a reform school system in Arkansas for eight years and moved to California to teach at the Pilgrim School for another three […]

Visual arts teacher to retire after 25 years

Visual arts teacher Art Tobias will retire after 25 years of teaching at Harvard-Westlake to continue working in his ceramics studio and on other projects that are “halfway completed.” Tobias began teaching in a reform school system in Arkansas for eight years and moved to California to teach at the Pilgrim School for another three […]

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