Welcome to the Pewaukee High School Visual Art Department. You will find many visual art resources, links to our programs, classes and more. Take a browse and explore.
Visual Art Curriculum Changes Approved By School Board
Students will have more options in the Visual Art department as they register for the 2014-14 school year. In December the Pewaukee School District School Board approved changes that had been presented on November 25th by Mrs. Bjork. These include a more streamlined approach to prerequisites, additional Digital Art Classes and more opportunities to take advanced courses within the art department.
The highlights of these changes include:
For More Details on course choices and registration visit the PHS Guidance Department Course Description Guide for 2014-15
PHS Art Students Exhibit Works At Waukesha Civic Theatre Through January 6th
We're thrilled to report that PHS Visual Art students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Waukesha Civic Theatre Art Gallery during the Holiday performance season. Make sure to mark your calendars and save the date. November 19- January 6 will be the run of the exhibit, with students greeting the public at the December 7th Art Crawl. You can stop by on December 7th and meet the student artists from 3:00-5:30 while enjoying light refreshments courtesy of Waukesha Civic Theatre. Waukesha Civic Theatre is located at 264 West Main Street, in downtown Waukesha.
Students with work in the show include the following:
Cal Condon, Hannah Dillemuth, Courtney Johnson, Ally Condon, Alyssa Czerwinski, Erika Jackson, Jordan Olson, Kelly Kempen, Anja Wilcenski, Alyssa Van Altena, Tori Matkin, Leah Vetro, Kelin Olson, Luke Marks, Owen Wozniak, Taylor Vander Wyst, Ellie Zielsdorf, Andie Boville, Kayla Holzhauer, Hannah Snyder, Morgan Johnson, Marissa Fritz, Allyson Pfister, Shelby Cieszki, Morgan Aschenbrenner, Madison Schaefer, Julia Lutz, Katelyn Elvers, Aspen Johnson and Paige Frick.
Click here for details on the Art Crawl.
Students Head Outside to Make Art
It is always challenging for students (and teachers!) to make the transition back to spending so much time inside when school gets started. Being outside can be a really rewarding way to inspire art so with the weather still being lovely some of the art classes have headed outside to draw, paint or make photographs.
When the rains thwarted our outside plans we headed "outside" the classroom and drew from the cafeteria and the atrium of the auditorium.
Here is a small slideshow of some of the classes working outside. We'll continue to add more as we explore.
The Visual Art Department is home to two visual art educators. Ben Lamp and Jeanne Bjork. We are both passionate about connecting the PHS Visual Art students to the many fantastic arts organizations and communities in Milwaukee and around the world. If you have questions the best way to reach us is via email. Just click our names or our pictures and it should take you directly to the email address.
Meet Ben Lamp, the new Visual Art teacher at Pewaukee High School. Please welcome him and his fantastic ideas to PHS! Here's a bit more about him.
Hi, I am excited to begin my first year teaching Art Fundamentals, Sculpture, and Fashion Analysis at Pewaukee High School. This will be my eighth year teaching Art at the high school level, and I love sharing my passion for art with aspiring young artists. I look forward to working with a new group of students, encouraging their artistic abilities, and sharing new artistic experiences.
During my free time, I love spending time with my wife, son, and friends. I also enjoy a variety of sports, playing golf, fishing, and creating my own art, of course.
So Why This Website, Not School Fusion?
We decided this site could provide us more flexible options to highlight the many fabulous accomplishments of our students. School Fusion will be the basic splash page for you and your student to access a link to this site. At each School Fusion Class page you will find a link to the class page for that specific course here.
Now that Pewaukee High School is a Google school and students have google accounts we decided to utilize the many tools that Google has to offer. To that end, homework assignments and deadlines will all be posted via the Google Calendar embedded on the Calendar Tab. Students will be given instructions how to subscribe to the calendar or they can always just visit the tab. When you click on a calendar event it will give you a description of the event details.
You may also want to subscribe to the Art Blog embedded here on the site. There will be updates and Art News posted regularly. You can subscribe via RSS or email.
Did You Know Art Makes Students Smarter
Check out this link for a study on how students can gain valuable critical thinking skills just by studying art.
AP Studio Art Class Visits MIAD and The Third Ward Neighborhood
Mrs. Bjork's AP Studio Art Class visited the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward neighborhood. We also visited Katie Gingrass Gallery and Champagne Studios. All of our stops were part of a day focused on college and career readiness. Students learned what it takes to be accepted into a high quality art school program. The many careers examined at MIAD are evidence of healthy trends in careers that utilize visual art and design skills. Students also saw the work of practicing artists at the gallery and learned first hand from Craig Sikora, of Champagne Studios how an entrepreneur gets a business started.
To see even more images from the day click here:
Hey I Wanna See Some Art!
There are lots of art galleries within this site. If you click on the class tab at the top a drop down menu will show all the classes we offer in the Visual Art Department. Each of those pages has a gallery of some of the works created by students in the course. There is also a chart of all the courses offered that may be helpful to plan your art future.
Tile-A-Mile: Art-Full Fun for A Cause
Here is a slide show of last year's Tile-A-Mile fundraising event for the visual art department. The proceeds of this event support the visual art scholarship fund and departmental program needs. Participants purchase tiles for $10.00 and paint them. These tiles are then displayed around school with the hope of someday having a mile-long art installation. There are also artist demonstrations, a student art exhibit, bake sale, raffle and silent auction. The event is run by Mrs. Bjork and the Art Club and a small dedicated group of parent volunteers.
SAVE THE DATE FOR TILE A MILE 2014, SATURDAY, MARCH 1st 10:00 - 1:00.
PAAC: A Great Community Arts Organization
Have you always wanted to be more involved in the arts in Pewaukee, but wasn't sure how to get involved? Well the Pewaukee Area Arts Council (PAAC) is that organization.
They support students (as well as other artists) in several ways, including the Showcase of Art, scholarships, exhibition opportunities, artistic competitions with prizes, and informative meetings with art presentations. Annual memberships are only $10 and can add depth to college applications, a resume, portfolio, or artist's bio. Joining PAAC and attending meetings is a wonderful way to connect with other artists, continue learning, and get more involved in the vibrant Lake Country Arts Scene! PAAC meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30 at the Pewaukee Library. Consider joining and get more involved in the community. For more information visit the PAAC website: http://www.pewaukeearts.org/homepage.htm