Congratulations to this year's Big Head Wrestling Champion, Drew Strack! He mannned "Thwomp" through the brackets and ultimately defeated "Doodle Bob" manned by John Doherty at the annual Art Show on Sunday.
Elder Fundamentals of Art Supply List (2019-2020)
The supplies are DUE in the Art Room by Friday, Sept. 6th
1) Art Box (with a lock): Most supplies will be kept in this box. (This can be a fishing tackle box or even a file box that can be locked) ** I do NOT recommend a key lock, because keys get lost very easily
2) Portfolio: You can buy one OR your son will have the option of making one himself by taping/attaching 2 pieces of cardboard or poster board together. I will allow students time during the first couple of weeks of school to make them. I will have the supplies in the Art Room that would be needed. *** The Portfolio should be able to fit a piece of paper that is 18” x 24” without folding it.
3) Sketchbook: preferably one with a spiral binding- Any size between 8 ½” x 11” and 11” x 14”
4) Drawing pencils: (At least 3 different kinds: Some examples are: 2B, 4B, 6B, HB, 4H, 6H, EE) They are often sold in sets. The Art Dept. will provide Ebony pencils which we will use primarily in the beginning.
5) Small Handheld Pencil Sharpener
6) Kneaded eraser OR Gum Eraser
7) Rubber Cement
8) X-acto Knife: an extra pack of blades may be needed during the year
9) Set of colored pencils: or a good mix of colors combined from extra colored pencils
10) Set of Markers: Crayola or another cheaper brand is fine
11) 2 Fine Point Black Sharpie Markers
12) Minimum of 3 Paint Brushes: One Small (Fine tip), One Medium and One Large (wider fan or flat)
13) Set of Acrylic paints: At minimum: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, and White
14) Oil Pastels: Set of 10 or more
15) Masking tape
AND ANY OTHER THINGS THAT YOU CAN THINK OF TO MAKE ART WITH!!!!!
**The supplies DO NOT need to be brand new
**YOUR NAME is of VITAL importance and MUST BE PERMANENTLY and CREATIVELY (if you like) attached on ALL your art supplies, especially your Art box.
**Your Art box, Art Board (which you will get from me) and Portfolio will be kept in the Art Room
Dear Parents of Fundamentals of Art Students,
Hello! My name is Kim Plagge and I will be teaching the Fundamentals of Art class this coming school year. As of now, your son is registered to take Fundamentals of Art. During the year, your son will be challenged with a variety of art experiences. We will question, experiment and discuss art. The class will enable him to gain a basis in the fundamentals of art and experiment with different types of media and styles, which leads me to why you are receiving this email. Over the past couple of years, the Art Department has become very cognizant of the additional cost of supplies for our students and families. We started several years ago sending out the supply list before school starts so that you are able to take advantage of all the school sales and coupons that many stores have over the coming weeks.
Each Fundamentals student will need to provide the supplies on the included list for class. The biggest thing I would like to clarify for you is that these supplies DO NOT need to be brand new. If you have had a sibling, cousin, or friend who has taken art, they may be able to give you some, or even all, of their old supplies. For example, it is okay to have a set of colored pencils that someone may have used in grade school, as long as your son has the basic colors. He can always add to them as they run out.
Supplies can be found at a number of different locations. Hobby Lobby and Michael’s always have sizable weekly coupons on purchases. Plaza Artist Materials and Suder’s Art Store offer student discounts. Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, Amazon, even Walgreen’s and Ollie’s may carry quite a few of the items on the list for much cheaper prices.
If you have any questions at all regarding supplies or the class, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will never turn anyone away who wants to take art, but is unable to provide the supplies. If you find that it is a hardship to get supplies, please let me know as soon as possible and we will take care of your son.
The supplies are not due until Friday, September 6th. If you do get them earlier, your son is welcome to bring them in before September 6th. The supplies will be kept in the Art room.
I am excited about the coming school year and hope that you and your son have a great end of the summer. I hope to see you all on Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, September 4th.
Fundamentals of Art Instructor
For several years now, the Fundamentals of Art classes have participated in the Annual March Madness Mascot Mashup Challenge. They randomly pick two schools that are matched up in the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and are challenged to combine both (or 3 if they were lucky enough to pick a play in game) schools’ mascots into a fabulous, exciting and sometimes creepy new mascot. The new mascots go head to head in a bracket where students vote on which is the most creative mascot.
See the winning image and all the winners on the Event Photos Tab
The winning mascot this year came from Will Busken ‘22 combining Maryland, Belmont and Temple.
2nd place was created by Paul Tenhundfeld ‘22 combining VCU and UCF.
There was a tie for 3rd between Caleb Freed ‘22 combining Houston and Georgia State and Richard Rutherford ‘22 combining UC and Iowa.
The annual Elder Art Show will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 1-4. Students from all levels of art will be exhibiting works of drawing, painting, collage, photography and sculpture. The students' final projects, or "bonanzas" as we refer to them in the Art Dept., will be on display along with our AP Studio artists' portfolios. The pinnacle of the show will be our 4th Annual Big Head Wrestling Tournament. For it, students will work in groups constructing giant sculptural heads throughout the 4th quarter and at the show will enter a makeshift ring to compete against their fellow artist in a tournament unlike anything you've ever seen. Matches will start around 2:00 pm culminating with the final winner-take-all match to see who takes home the coveted Champions Cardboard Belt. We hope you will be able to come celebrate with us the award-winning accomplishments of the Elder Art Department!
For the 2nd year in a row, the Elder Art Department has participated in Hamilton County Park’s Art in Root program. This is a 3 step program beginning with a naturalist visiting the school with animals for students to sketch and take pictures. The second part is a field trip to a Hamilton County Park. This year the park was Shawnee Lookout where students were able to hike, sketch and take pictures in the natural environment. The third part is to create artwork based on the “Wings of Wonder” theme for this year’s program. The work is being shown in an exhibit at Woodland Mound Park through April 9th.
Students who have work displayed are: Drew Brown, John Conners, Simon Feist, Luke Hastings, TJ Jung, Quentin McFarren, Ethan Plagge, Brian Ridner and Jason Thomas.
The Art Department would like to congratulate the following junior and seniors who had work selected for Xavier University’s 10th Regional Junior and Senior High School Student Juried Exhibition: Drew Brown, Simon Feist, Logan Runyan and Jared Upton.
Their work will be on display at Xavier University's Art Gallery from November 2nd until November 20th. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, Nov. 2nd.
The following Fundamentals of Art students have their Altered Book projects on display during the month of October at the Westwood Library: Andrew Bley, John Doherty, Jacob McCoy, Eddie Manderschied, Nathan Mangold, Danny Poff, Tyler Roever, Gage Ruberg, Daniel Schnieder and Aidan Wienkamp. Stop by the Westwood Library to see their work.
A huge thank you to the Westwood Library for collecting discarded books for the Art Department so that we could make this project!
Congratulations to Elder students, Caleb Freed ’22 and Brian Ridner ’21, who both were selected to participate in the 2018 Zoo Plein Air High School Art Competition that was held this past weekend. Students sketched zoo animals in the African area of the Cincinnati Zoo from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Their finished work will be displayed at the Cincinnati Art Club on Sunday, October 6th from 1-6 with awards announced at 5pm.
A number of Elder Art students had work recognized this weekend at the Harvest Home Fair Art Show. The Art Department would like to congratulate the following students:
Nicholas Homan ‘21 and Ryan Roell ‘21 both received 2nd place ribbons.
The following students all received Honorable Mention ribbons for their work: DJ Diesman ‘21, Joe Doherty ‘21, Jackson Gutzwiller ‘21, Nicholas Homan (2) ‘21, TJ Jung ‘21, Quentin McFarren (2) ‘21 and Kevin Schenkel ‘21.
Their work will be on display in the main hallway.
This year’s Elder’s Art Show will be held on Sunday, April 29th from 1-4. Students will be exhibiting works of art from all different medias and levels of art. A collection of Senior portfolios will be on display as well. The Elder Art Show, as always, is family friendly. Join us for the 3rd Annual Big Head Wrestling Tournament. Art Students will be constructing Sculptural Big Heads that will fight to stay alive in our wrestling bracket. Matches will start at 2:00 culminating with the Championship match around 3:00. We hope you will be able to come and experience this event, as well as, the award winning accomplishments of the Elder Art Department!
Congratulations to Senior Henry Burdsall whose art piece, Breaking Point, as selected as Best in Show for the 2018 Catholic High School Art Show! The piece will be on display at the Flats Gallery in Price Hill along with pieces from 11 other area Catholic High Schools next Saturday and Sunday from 1-4.
The Elder High School Art Department is proud to announce that three Elder artists had work selected for the 2018 Catholic High School Art Show. The students selected are Henry Burdsall '18 (2 pieces) , Patrick Leesman '18, and Simon Feist '20. For more information about the show please see the "2018 Catholic High School Art Show" tab.
Twelve Catholic High Schools in the Cincinnati area will participate in the Third Annual 2018 Catholic High School Art Exhibition entitled “Imagine Our Spirit” generously hosted by The Flats Art Gallery in the Price Hill Incline District from March 17th – March 25th.
Professors Keith Benjamin from at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Jonathan Gibson from Xavier University juried the show. They have curated a show that has a diverse range of exceptional work from traditional media to dynamic three-dimensional works. We are extremely proud to be showcasing such a strong group of students that represent the ongoing spirit and tradition of Catholic High Schools of our area. Join us for a catered opening reception Sunday, March 18th from 1-4 p.m. and vote for your favorite People’s Choice artwork. The scholarship winners will be announced at the 3pm awards ceremony – $400 will go to best in show, $200 second place, and $100 third place, plus a $50 gift card to the People’s Choice recipient. KB Partners LLC gifted these generous scholarships.
The exhibition was organized by Elder High School art teachers David Buetsche and Kim Plagge in collaboration with Mother of Mercy art teachers Theresa Murphy and Murray Dwertman. Over 50 works of art are expected at the show; participating high schools include Badin, DePaul Cristo Rey, Elder, McAuley, Mother of Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, Roger Bacon, Seton, St. Ursula, St. Xavier, Summit Country Day and Ursuline Academy.
The Flats Art Gallery is located at 3028 Price Avenue in the Incline Arts District of East Price Hill. Full exhibition dates and hours are Sat 3/17 & Sun 3/18 (1-4 PM); Sat 3/24 & Sun 3/25 (1-4 PM).
Exhibition Run: January 29 - February 9, 2018
Exhibition Information & Field Trips
Works on Display: January 29, 2018 – February 9, 2018
Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Opens: Monday, January 29, 2018 (9am to 5pm
Viewing Hours: Monday – Sunday (9am to 5pm)
- Monday, January 29, 2018: Exhibition Opens
- Friday, February 9, 2018: Awards Ceremony
- Friday, February 9, 2018: Last Day to View Exhibition
- Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11, 2018 (9am – 3pm both days): Deinstall
Award Ceremony: Friday, February 9, 2018
Awards Ceremony Venue:
School for Creative and Performing Arts
108 W. Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
6-7pm: Presentation of Awards to 7th & 8th Grade Winners
7-8pm: Presentation of Awards to 9th & 10th Grade Winners
8-9pm: Presentation of Awards to 11th & 12th Grade Winners
For Parking Information
The Elder Art Dept. is pleased to announce that thirteen students were recognized for their work in this year's Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. The annual Scholastic Art Awards is the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative students (grades 7-12) and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Elder's award winners include:
Gold Key Portfolio Award:
Nathan Schatzman, '18, Decay and Deterioration
Gold Key Award:
Bryce Martin, '18, Untitled Photography
Silver Key Award:
Luke Hastings, '20, Alone Printmaking
Bryce Martin, '18, Through the Light Photography
Quentin McFarren, '21, Confused Genetics Sculpture
Brady Sandmann Chicago Ice Photography
Honorable Mention Award Winners:
Eric Bley, '18, Long Day Photography
Willard Cluxton, '20, Monkey Business Drawing & Illustration
Simon Feist, '20, Black and White Mixed Media
Patrick Leesman, '18, A New Purpose Digital Art
Gabriel McDonald, '21, Tornado Drawing & Illustration
Gabriel McDonald, '21, Black and White Gravity Drawing & Illustration
Michael Onorato, '18, The Church Photography
Daniel Robben, '20, Girl Printmaking
Corbin Scholtes End of the Road Photography
Corbin Scholtes False Reality Photography
There will be TWO Open Studios this week. The first will be TUESDAY, DEC. 5th from 2:30 until 4:00. The second one will be on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6th from 6:00-8:30 pm. Both will be held in the Art Room. All students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to work on Semester projects.
The Annual Art Club Christmas Party will be held on MONDAY. December 18th in the Art Room. It will be from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Art room. Pizza, drinks, snacks and dessert will be provided thanks to the winning window painting team! The Christmas themed movie will be Krampus. All current and former Art students are invited to attend.
There will be a sign up sheet in the Art room until Monday afternoon. If you think you may attend please stop by and sign up. This will help us figure out how much pizza we will need to order.
For Selections 2017 at the Studio San Giuseppe at Mt. St. Joseph University, tri-state art teachers were invited to submit two artworks each, in any media, that were recently produced in their classes and were representative of the quality of their art programs. Student-artists represent 41 regional high schools. There are 69 art educators participating in Selections 2017, and 124 students displaying their works.
The exhibition is open to juniors and seniors. The four students who are representing Elder this year in the show are: Henry Burdsall, Austin Gilkey, Patrick Leesman, and Nathan Schatzman.
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, at the crossroads of Delhi and Neeb in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314. www.msj.edu/ssg