The Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards are given out yearly with the idea of providing recognition, support and scholarship opportunities for creative young artists throughout Rhode Island. This year, four artists from East Greenwich High School were recognized.
Teacher Amanda Rogers had two students recognized: Phoebe Osterhout, an 11th grade Art Studio 1 student, and Patrick Wong, a 12th grade AP Art student.
Here's what they had to say about their work:
About her piece, Self Portrait, an 18x24" work of graphite on paper, Phoebe wrote: "This is a portrait that magnifies my face so that it is larger than life, and the eye is staring straight out. The window in the background is meant to show how 'the eyes are the windows to the soul.'"
Patrick said this about his piece, Patrick's Skull, 18x24" conte on paper: "This drawing is a direct observation of a skull using white conte crayon on black paper."
Art teacher Deanna Agresti had two students win Scholastic Art Awards, sophomore Catherine Streich won a Gold Key and the Senator Reed Best of Show citation for her digital work, and sophomore Margaret McCaffrey also won a Gold Key for her digital work.
Margaret said this about her piece: "This digital piece was a composite project that I put together; it is made up of three different photographs. The goal of this project was to make it feel as if you were in a dream and in order to do that I combined a picture of the track and trees together to make it feel as if you are running of the track. And lastly I put a picture of leaves on top of it all to act as my texture."
About her piece, Catherine said: "Art is all about making your imagination a reality – making the impossible possible. My picture started off as a far-fetched idea and ended up capturing exactly what I had in mind which proves that with a little imagination, anything is possible."