Students from Broadneck and its feeder schools welcomed the spring season through the annual spring art show on Wednesday, April 25th.
The show lasted from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and students from Belvedere, Windsor Farm, and Arnold Elementary, Severn and Magothy River Middle School, as well as Broadneck High were showcased. The art show featured a variety of art— including paintings, drawings, and other 2D pieces with varied mediums— as well as 3D art made with clay, paper, recycled materials, and even yarn. In addition, the show exhibited digital art created through computer programs, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
Ms. Morris, a long-term substitute teacher for Broadneck’s head 3D art teacher Mrs. Mader-Wasko, explained, “The annual art show event at Broadneck aims to share the talent and artwork from all of the schools that feed into Broadneck, and let parents and their kids see what to expect when they come to high school.”
Broadneck Sophomore Laurel Davidson was one student with several pieces featured in the show. One of these was a piece using cut paper over a watercolor wash to create a turtle. The piece was titled “Spiderman,” which, Davidson admits, is “an inside joke in art, so it makes no sense.” Davidson explained that “The main purpose [of her project] was to learn how to use an exacto knife to make art.
While some students learned new artistic techniques through their art, others used their art as a way to advocate for change on issues that matter to them. Sophomore Olivia Pickens chose to advocate for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest though her acrylic painting titled, “Save the Amazon.” “I care a lot about the environment and protecting it,” Pickens explained. “I’m trying to advocate to save the environment as a whole and to inform people that we need to take action now, not later.”
Senior Lauren Seyfferth is another student who uses art for advocacy in the show. Through her piece “Ice Cream,” Seyfferth expressed her concern for global warming. The piece featured the phrase “I scream, you scream, we all scream for an end to global warming,” overlapping a sad, melting ice cream cone shaped like the earth. “I wanted to make this piece after reading about how Trump withdrew America from the Paris Climate Deal. I wanted to make something that was humorous but showed that the younger generation in America, myself included, still cares about the environment.” In addition to environmental advocacy, student artists communicated messages focused on teen issues such as body positivity, anxiety, and texting and driving.
Davidson also enjoyed the art show because she was able to visit and talk with her former art teachers. “I got to see Mrs. Mason, who was my elementary school art teacher, and Mrs. Oldershaw from middle school,” she said. “It was really cool to be able to show them that I’m still doing art. I got to walk around with them to show them my work, and they could see how it has changed.” She was also able to help Mrs. Russo, the head 2D art teacher, set up the art show before it started.
The spring art show revealed many talented young artists in the Broadneck community. Through artistic elements, such as color, texture, and shape alongside emotion and feeling, these students demonstrated the influence of powerful art.