YoungArts recognizes 10 artists

The National YoungArts Foundation recognized eleven students from the school as finalists, honorable mentions and merit winners in its 2019 competition. The winners represented various different categories within the competition, including Visual Arts, Voice, Writing, Cinematic Arts, Photography and Classical Music. Finalists will have the opportunity to attend an intensive one-week program in Miami, where […]

Photography students participate in workshop

Students from Photography I viewed an exhibit and participated in an interactive portrait workshop conducted by an Arlene Schnitzer artist Janna Ireland at the Middle School on Oct. 19. The visiting photographer’s show exhibits two cohesive bodies of work, “The Spotless Mirror” (2011-2013) and “Milk and Honey” (2018), in which Ireland investigates the idea of […]

NYU and Photoville hold exhibitions

NYU and Photoville hold exhibitions

Photographs by Abe Kaye ’20 and Chronicle Assistant Photography Editor Caitlin Chung ’20 were selected to be displayed as a part of an exhibition in Photoville and New York University called “cit.i.zen.ship: Reflections on Rights by Teen Photographers.” Visual Arts Teacher Joe Medina gave students the chance to submit pictures to the contest. The Department […]

Garcia joins communications and visual arts departments

Alexandra Pacheco Garcia joined the communications and visual arts departments this year as the new Vox Populi advisor and a photography teacher, respectively. Previously, Garcia worked as a project and production manager, gallery archivist and registrar, studio manager and photography representative. In addition, she taught at Saddleback Community College, was a teaching assistant and instructor at the […]

O’Malley to retire after 39 years, pursue screenwriting

After 39 years teaching photography and video art, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher Kevin O’Malley will leave the school at the end of this year to pursue his career as a screenwriter in Maine. O’Malley came to Westlake school before the merger. He believes that teaching the generations of artists during the different stages of […]

Photography student awarded second place in annual National Geographic competition

Cole Heine ’19 won second place in the annual National Geographic 2018 High School Photography Contest. With over 5,000 entries from across the country, this year’s competition was the most competitive on record. The judging committee publicly released the competition results March 13. Heine took his winning photograph last summer during a National Geographic Student […]

Wedding and fashion photographer speaks to students

Photographer Rebecca Yale ’06 spoke to Photography III students about her work as a professional wedding and fashion photographer and critiqued the students’ most recent project on Jan. 23. While visiting, Yale showed students some of her wedding and fashion photographs and discussed the struggles and rewards of being a professional photographer.  “My favorite part […]

Looking Back: Photography III students host showcase on the Vietnam War

Students and faculty reflected on the tragedies of the Vietnam War at the Photography III showcase, “Then and Now,” on Jan 22. The showcase, which was curated by Emma Spencer ’18, consisted of photographs of war veterans, including science teacher Walt Werner and English teacher Jeffery Kwitny. The photography students also displayed pages of old newspaper […]

Look, Don’t Touch: How photographer Ari Shooshani captures girlhood

Look, Don’t Touch: How photographer Ari Shooshani captures girlhood

In the dimly lit photography studio, Ari Shooshani ’18 stepped back from the camera to reassess the chaos around her. Her friends stood precariously on stools, dangling red roses over Charlotte Weinman ’18, who sat in front of a tiny blue backdrop set up in the middle of the studio. But despite the hectic setting […]

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