HS Artists Achieve Recognition

Two HS Superstar Artists! Long Island's Best and Scholastic National Silver Medal Winner

Congratulations go out to North Shore High School student, Hanah Leventhal, who received a Gold Key in the Regional Level of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards back in January and her piece went on to compete at the National Level. She received a national Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! Her winning piece, Cleansing My Mind, was created with black and white charcoal on paper. The original work is approximately 18"x24."

"Since 1923, the Awards have recognized creative teenagers from across the country. By receiving a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Medal, your student(s) join a legacy of celebrated authors and artists including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, and the renowned author and illustrator who will receive our Alumni Achievement Award this year, Marc Brown. Nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7–12 this year. Receiving a Silver Medal places your student(s) within the top 1% of all submissions!" 

In addition, North Shore student, Katherine Hagen, had a piece accepted into the competitive juried art exhibition "Long Island's Best" at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington. Not only was her work accepted into the show, but she also received an Honorable Mention for her piece. The show is on view from March 17 - April 15 and there is an Opening Reception on March 24 from 5:30-7:30. The Awards Ceremony is at 6PM that evening. 

For this exhibit, high school students had to create a work of art inspired by artworks on view at the Heckscher Museum. Students also had to submit a written statement that explains the connection between the piece they were inspired by and the one that they created. Katherine created an intricate and powerful colored pencil drawing, Out, Damned Spot, inspired by the sculpture Lady Macbeth by Alice Morgan Wright.

Katherine writes said, "The sculpture shows Lady Macbeth in a state of despair and distress. I tried to convey the same emotions by depicting the scene where Lady Macbeth had a mental breakdown. I connected the pieces visually by drawing a golden sink, similar to the gold of the statue. I tried to convey a sense of movement through the direction of the lines throughout my piece and also the repetition of color. The movement of the lines in the rippling of the blood has a similar flow to the folds in the drapery in Wright’s piece."

Art Teacher, Mrs. Mazzeo concluded by sayings, “I am so very proud of these amazing students and their accomplishments!” 

pencil drawing of a woman


drawing of washing hands

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