By Ricky Mlinarik
Crestwood High School
Here at Crestwood, students are creating some very impressive works. Art is taking shape in many different mediums. Art is something that is often thought of as embodying beauty. For many, it takes on a god-like status that may seem impossible for high school students to create.
Such art imposes the idea that it requires great talent to create, but good work ethic is more of an advantage.
The purpose of the art program is to help students to not only learn to create art, but also to encourage them to look at the world differently. Its a nice escape from other classes where you just sit and listen, remarked Brandon Jusek, a senior in studio arts.
It helps many students think abstractly and to develop improved problem solving skills. Art exposes students to culture and increases their ability to communicate.
Before students begin to pour out their ideas on paper, they need the tools and knowledge to project their ideas. Artistic ability may come more naturally to some than to others, but it is ineffectual without the skills, techniques, and patience to use it. Luckily, though, Crestwood has two great art teachers, Mr. Scott and Mr. Berrodin, to help, educate, and guide students on their way to artistic achievement.
The idea that talent makes the artist is not usually true. I dont believe in talent, commented Berrodin. Successful artists are created through hard work, dedication and a desire to communicate and express.
Many students have started out in art with little or no experience and have, through the art program at Crestwood, along with a lot of hard work, become excellent artists.
In past years, many have even won awards at art shows for their creations. The hall outside the art room is decorated with some of the many drawings, paintings, and photographs that have been produced by the art students. Even this is just a small part of the works of the accomplished artists here at Crestwood.
(Reprinted from the Crestwood Chronicle)