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Excellence in the Visual Arts at NCHS

During the past few weeks New Canaan High School’s Art Department faculty has announced some very impressive student achievements.


2015 Connecticut Scholastic Awards 


In mid January the Connecticut Art Education Association announced recipients of the 2015 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards. According to the CAEA website, “Student artwork is juried by professional artists and university art faculty and is selected on merit for inclusion in a state-wide art exhibition held at the Hartford Art School.  Beyond the honor of being selected for this high quality exhibit, students may be awarded Gold or Silver keys and Honorable Mention Awards in each of 17 media categories.”


The artwork of six NCHS students was recognized in the 2015 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards Program. Five of those students received Honorable Mention Awards. Zachary Seger was awarded a Gold Key and the University of Hartford’s Art Scholarship Award, one of the highest honors in the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards Program. As the recipient of a Gold Key, his artwork will advance to the National Level.

Following are the names, grade level, artwork categories, titles and awards received by the NCHS students. Their artwork will be on display through February 6 at the University of Hartford Silpe Art Gallery.


Zachary Seger | senior | digital artwork | Imagination | Gold Key Digital Art Portfolio; University of Hartford's Art Scholarship Award


Kiara Roeder-Yika | freshman | photograph | In Vain | Honorable Mention Award


Meredith Luchs | junior | sculpture | Bird | Honorable Mention Award


Alexandra Gottlieb | senior | photograph | Sunflower | Honorable Mention Award


Elly Hersam | junior | digital artwork | Read my Mind | Honorable Mention Award


Lillian Engel | senior | film | The Unconventional Thief | Honorable Mention Award



Teen Visions Art Show at Sacred Heart University


On Friday, January 30, NCHS Art Teacher Jennifer Sinski announced that artwork submitted by nine NCHS students has been selected for inclusion in Teen Visions 2015: A Connecticut High School Art Exhibit hosted by the Art and Design Department of Sacred Heart University and sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. Student artwork from twelve Fairfield County high schools is included in this exhibition at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield which runs through February 8. Student artists from New Canaan High School include Amy Chu, Rebecca Walshin, Kaitlin Karr, Dana Lurie, Zachary Seger, Hannah Kirkpatrick, Alexandra Gottlieb, Jordan Smith and Danielle Meyers.


In her congratulatory email announcement to the students Ms. Sinski stated, “The Art Teachers at New Canaan High School determined that your artwork creatively demonstrated the visual art program of our school's program. Being that it was my first time visiting Sacred Heart's art gallery, I was VERY impressed with the venue and even more proud when I saw how great of an art show this is.”


When asked her opinion on how New Canaan High School has sustained this record of excellence among its Visual Art students Ms. Sinki replied, “The New Canaan High School Art department works collaboratively on a daily basis to pose relevant questions and topics about the visual arts of today and throughout art history. Students and teachers stay current on the progressive skills, concepts and techniques that are demonstrated in the arts.

"Our students are not just given a skill set and asked to complete a task, they are presented with a problem that requires outstanding creative skills to solve in their own unique way. Students spend a lot of time during the "planning" stages of their projects, which leaves them more prepared to execute their final work. Sketches, group planning and storyboards are only some of the devices used to prepare students in this process. Contemporary "visiting" artists come into the school for unique one-on-one learning sessions, which are funded by the Fritz Eager Trust. Current art exhibitions are studied and often visited by the classes in collaboration with the curriculum. Our students work collaboratively with one another, which is so important to a creative process, ideas are pitched back to one another and the teacher. "Creative Voice" is also a mantra in our department that extends through our projects.”
NCHS Art Teacher Jeanne McDonagh added, “The Glass House Educational Partnership and Authentic Experiences Beyond the Classroom, The Fritz Eager Foundation for Art Education and its sponsoring of the permanent student collection, our gallery and its rotational art shows, our course offering and the diversity of our curriculum all contribute to the level of creative and artistic excellence we are able to provide our students.”