Middle, Upper School Artists Shine at Scholastic Art Awards

By Communications Specialist, Grades 9-12, Maegan Azpiazu

The Gulliver Visual Arts program continued to shine, as several Middle School and Upper School students earned recognition for original art pieces entered in the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards competition. Artwork spent two weeks on display at the Rubell Family Collection in Wynwood, and the artists were recognized at an awards ceremony on January 27.

Two Gulliver students earned the highest distinction at the regional level and were recognized as Gold Key Award winners:

Victoria Paradero '19, Gold Key – Painting

Diego Simon '18, Gold Key – Architecture

National Gold medalists will be announced in March and honored during a special awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June.

The following Gulliver students were also honored in regional competition:

Andres Garcia '18, Silver Key – Architecture

Clara Schiavo '22, Silver Key – Self-portrait on tinted paper with colored pencil

Tiago Abreu '22, Honorable Mention – Drawing on paper with colored pencil

Siqi Li '23, Honorable Mention – Self-portrait on wood with colored pencil

The Scholastic Art Awards, open to students in grades 7-12, is the largest and longest-running assessment and recognition program for the visual arts in the United States. Entry materials reach 12 million students in 99 percent of America's schools and attract more than 250,000 entries each year.

Art is an important part of the Gulliver experience at every level. Students are exposed to art and the ways it can be used to enrich one's life, solve problems, communicate and experience the aesthetic beauty of the world around us.

The Middle School Visual Arts program is designed to develop students' art-making skills while nurturing their understanding of the formal and expressive qualities of their own pieces as well as the work of others. Students develop perceptual awareness, observational drawing skills, creative self-expression and a basic understanding of the history of art, and are introduced to painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, one and two-point perspective, and digital photography.

For more information on the Middle School Visual Arts program, contact Mrs. Beth Harrison, chair, at harb@gulliverschools.org or 305.665.3593 ext. 3535.

The Upper School Visual Arts program operates on the foundational belief that all students can learn the necessary skills to create, enjoy and understand art, and that, with proper instruction and nurturing, all students are able to compile a body of work – regardless of ability, learning style or talent. The program encompasses 27 courses at various levels in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and architectural design.

For more information on the Prep Visual Arts program, contact Mrs. Stacy Goldman, chair, at gols@gulliverschools.org or 305.666.7937 ext. 1715.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Student Art Exhibition! Join us at the opening reception on Tuesday, April 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Prep Gym, and visit our ongoing exhibition on April 25-26 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.