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The CoSA Visual Art Exhibit boasted first-rate pieces and featured future da Vincis.

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 4:30 pm

From April 16th to April 22th, the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Visual Arts Conservatory presented its annual Visual Art Exhibition. It’s no wonder that the show was a huge success, considering the level of talent displayed. Throughout the year, the students of the art conservatory have poured their hearts and souls into creating incredible portfolios. The pieces on display in the Black Box Theatre ranged from acrylic paintings on canvas, to sculptures, and many other mediums.

Visual art students, throughout the course of the year, have honed and improved their own technical capabilities, handling paint, proportions, and drawing from a live model. CoSA Visual Arts Teacher Karrie Jackson noticed great improvement in her students’ work. “I saw huge amounts of growth that translated through their other artwork, too. By having that live model and being able to learn how to draw from life, they were able to produce some really great pieces this year.”

Many of these assigned pieces were shown at the Exhibition; however, each student developed and displayed their own personal body of work and selected the pieces that they thought were their best. “A lot of the art was created individually, their independent projects,” said Jackson. “That’s what is so nice about the show: everybody’s stuff was so different. It was a nice reflection of how each student artist is different,” said Jackson. Having so much freedom in the classroom allowed the students to explore their own individuality as artists, as well as experiment with different subject matter.

The process of completing a piece of artwork includes discussing and critiquing the work of fellow students, which is what the CoSA artists did in preparation for the exhibit. “Instructors always give feedback and [the students] give feedback to each other,” Jackson said.

A lot of teamwork went into arranging the exhibit. “Our newer students have been hard at work and have really stepped up, not only in producing self-inspired work but also in that they are so willing to learn how these shows are orchestrated,” said CoSA Visual Arts Senior Ian Stewart. “I think that makes this show different from previous years.” The process of pulling the show together includes creating a mosaic in which each individual piece can be enjoyed alone, but is part of a cohesive presentation. “Trying to figure out how all the individual work comes together as a whole was a bit of a challenge,” Jackson said.

Many different themes were explored in the Exhibition. “A lot of my students appreciated the emotional quality of color,” said Jackson. “They were interested in learning about how to use acrylic paint with other medium like blazes and pastes.” The quality of the students’ work was the main focus, rather than the quantity; so much of the student’s time over the year was spent learning how to improve in paints and proportions.

Many of the older students worked within an overall theme of their portfolios. “Some of the seniors really tried to get a body of work that was similar,” said Jackson. “For example: Natalie Thompson’s surfboards, Bridget Winn’s nudes, Viktoria Alekseyeva’s landscapes, and Sienna McKim’s crazy abstract watercolor pieces.”

Each student put extensive amounts of hard work and effort into making the exhibition an accurate depiction of their talents. “They had to learn about themselves and how to manage their own creative energy to be able to pull the show off,” said Jackson. “A lot of hard work went into making the pieces.” Stewart also agreed that his peers were extremely dedicated to the show. “We are showcasing some truly incredible bodies of artwork that we’ve have put so much time into. I am so lucky to be surrounded with others who share my passion.”

The achievement and progress that the CoSA students demonstrated with this exhibit is a testament to their talent and creative drive. Opportunities for teenage artists to showcase their work in such a way are uncommon in most places. “I think that the CoSA program, unique to Coronado, offers students a very rare opportunity to work in a more professional environment while still in high school. To be a part of these events is seldom reserved for high school level students,” said Stewart. Luckily for CHS artists, there will be many more opportunities to display their work in Coronado as the years continue.

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