By Shawn Gilley
Provided by Fenwick High School
The semester ended at Fenwick on Wednesday, June 1 with a flurry of matting and last minute tweaking of art projects, as the Survey of Studio Art class set up their Student Art Exhibit for spring 2011. Open to students, faculty and parents the Art Exhibit showed the work of eighteen students who had spent the semester exploring drawing, photography, batik, block and screen printing, wire sculpture, ceramics and acrylic painting. The Survey of Studio Art course serves to introduce students to various media. In the following semesters they can continue to studying in greater depth one or more 2 Dimensional or 3 Dimensional media. Fenwick also offers an AP Art History course in which students can seek college credit.
Rev. Michael Winkels, the Survey of Studio Art teacher commented "Fenwick students are bright and talented. It is really amazing to see the creative and artistic talent that has blossomed in my students over the past three semesters. They are truly gifted! The Art Exhibit is a means of showing the Fenwick community just how talented they are in the visual arts." This is the third semester the school has offered a revamped Survey of Studio Art course. Next year the school will begin offering advanced courses in 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional arts. Fenwick, since its founding in 1929, has been known for its strong math and science program. In the past several years and with a new strategic plan adopted by the Fenwick Board of Trustees this past year, more emphasis is being placed on the arts. Increased enrollment in band, choir and the various studio courses exhibits the enthusiasm that the students have for creative outlets in their lives. With the development of a stronger arts program, Fenwick will continue to educate the whole person in new and exciting ways.