Indiana Area Senior High School

IHS seniors get crafty at the Artist’s Hand

By SKY STEVENS

The Visual Arts and Portfolio Club put their talents on the table by putting their works of art on sale at the Artist’s Hand on March 8, 2023. 

From freshman year, students that show an interest in art are encouraged by the art teachers here at IHS– Mrs. Porter and Dr. Rinkevich–to keep them on the right track to make the most out of their high school career. By keeping as many art classes as possible in their schedule and learning to keep their art growing professionally and self-wise, students are able to participate in this art show during their senior year.

Staff member Mrs. Porter exclaims, “It also provides the opportunity for art students to showcase their creative ideas so that their creativity can be nurtured…also inspire those same peers to strive to accomplish something wonderful in turn.”

Not only does this opportunity give the students a chance to showcase their talents, but it also encourages others to do the same. Seeing the beautiful works of art done by these talented students can spark a creative side in someone that might’ve been yet discovered. 

The collective inspiration from fellow peers and students as well as constructive criticism can further the skills and knowledge that they hold.  

Senior Katie Kovalchick expresses, “It is important to show that art is not a subject that can be overlooked and the time and effort the students put into their art should be admired and showcased.”

For the past four years, these seniors have worked incredibly hard and put much effort into not only improving their art skills, but to grow in the art field both mentally and skillfully. Giving this fact recognition and admiring the work is most important of all. 

Besides recognizing the students themselves, it is also important to understand the contribution it gives to the community here at IHS and Indiana. 

Kovalchick adds, “I think that by putting on the senior art show, the community can see the uniqueness and skill of high school students…our work may inspire them or make them feel a certain way, and that is something really special.”

Giving back to the community does not only come from direct volunteer work or kindness, but events and opportunities such as this art show. By putting the student’s work for sale and allowing others in Indiana to see, feel, and have these pieces can leave an impact on them. 

Whether it is an emotional connection to the piece or just a simple admiration, it can leave the buyer or admirer with a special feeling that can only come from a show like this.

[Photo by Beth Porter] “The Artist’s hand displays the IHS senior’s art on opening night.”

Sky Stevens

Reporter

Sky is a senior and first-year reporter for the High Arrow. She is involved with the IHS Orchestra and has a passion for literature and arts, including journalistic and creative writing. She spends the majority of her time reading classic literature and practicing her writing skills.

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