Story and photos by Jo Mathis
AAPS District News Editor
For an artist, there is nothing quite like getting your work out there for people to enjoy.
High school art shows often feature the best of the best.
But what about all those other talented artists?
To give all 300 art students at Huron High School the opportunity to show off just a bit, Huron High School just held its first-ever Art Night.
The 90-minute student art show featured work from every student currently enrolled in a Huron art class, as well as studio tours and art demonstrations.
“We do shows all year round,” said teacher Kristin Kubacki. “But this is a chance for every student to feature their art and show what they’ve learned, and their new skills. They’ve been so excited about it.”
Ceramics teacher Jonathan Smigell said a showing is a very big deal to an artist.
“I wanted every student to know the feeling of getting their work out there,” he said.
For senior Rebecca Cho, Art Night is a great idea she hopes to see repeated.
“It’s really cool to see what the students have done over the course of the art class,” she said. “And it’s interesting to see what talent people might have that you didn’t know of.”
Cho said Huron’s art program is excellent, and while she’s focused on painting, she has friends who’ve learned photography, jewelry-making, and ceramics.
Senior Alena Presley says she’s taken six or seven art classes, and is thinking of becoming an art teacher.
She has great role models at Huron.
“The teachers here are passionate about it; they’re not just doing it because they’re a teacher,” she said. “They want us to be just as into it as they are.
Art teacher Darlene Tankersly said are teachers are proud of all the students who choose to learn in their classrooms.
“They take away with them a new language,” she said.