Monday, April 20, 2009

Fayette County High Art Students Earn Top Honors

Fayetteville student Helen Patti with her vase

Fayette County High School’s visual arts program has been busy racking up awards and honors this spring.

Senior Aja Adams and junior Helen Patti were juried into the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition that was featured at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park this past weekend. Adams painted an acrylic piece titled “Dead Gone” and Patti created a tall, smoke fired vase. The students were juried into the exhibition from well over 400 entries. Additionally, Adams was featured on the Good Day Atlanta show that airs mornings on FOX 5.

Also this past weekend, Helen Patti, along with fellow junior Rachel Jones and senior Samantha Hyde, had their artwork juried into the 2009 Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium held at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County. Ted Saupe, professor of art/ceramics at the University of Georgia, selected the artwork for the symposium.

Additionally, art teacher Pamela Watkins and her Advanced Placement students were one of three operators of a Raku kiln during a hands-on workshop featuring the fast fire method.

In other awards, David Gridley was selected as Fayette County High School's winner in the Great Frame Up Peachtree City County Level High School Art Competition. His work has been sent to judges in California for an opportunity to compete at the national level. National winners receive an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to meet David Gridley
actress/artist Jane Seymore and compete for a $2,000 scholarship.

Freshman Caleb Brown took third place overall in the 2009 Congressional Art Competition. Members of the United States House of Representatives sponsor the nationwide high school competition each year. Brown received a ribbon and a $2,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta for his winning drawing. He will also be in Watkins’ Advanced Placement Drawing Portfolio class next year.

Caleb Brown displays his winning artwork that took third place in the 2009 Congressional Art Competition.

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