Using art in everyday life

There are benefits to participating in art. Boyden-Hull High School’s art teacher, Melissa Brantsen said, “Visual arts obviously helps students grow in creativity, but it also helps to increase their confidence, perseverance and focus. Having to think ‘outside the box’ in art class to create unique artworks improves their problem-solving and non-verbal skills, learning to communicate messages through other means other than speaking and writing.”

Students don’t always realize how much art and design is involved in daily life or in a future career. Learning art helps them to focus on thinking creatively, working through problem-solving situations, and becoming more independent and inventive by using those skills in other aspects of their lives. This is sometimes done, Brantsen said, “without even realizing it!”

High school art students at Boyden-Hull were able to put those skills to test last week by displaying their artwork at the Northwest Iowa Fine Arts Show, hosted by Northwest Iowa Community College April 18-26. Each student was able to submit two works of art in five submission categories: drawing, painting, digital media and photography, ceramics, and sculpture and mixed-media. The exhibit concluded with an invitational and award ceremony Wednesday, giving students an opportunity to visit the gallery and also participate in three hands-on activity workshops.

About 17 northwest Iowa high schools were invited to participate. Boyden-Hull had 14 students submit 25 pieces of artwork. First-, second- and third-place awards were given in each category, with honorable mentions awarded at the judge’s discretion. Two overall awards were also given: Best Of Show chosen by the art teachers and Students’ Choice as voted on by participating art students. Yvette Pinon, a junior at Boyden-Hull, took second place in the photography category with her project titled, “Droplet.”

Brantsen explained, “When students participate in art shows, they are able to receive valuable constructive feedback regarding their pieces in general, and also their individual ability and style.” She feels it’s beneficial for students to participate and receive outside comments because it helps them grow and improve their craft.

They’re also able to view other students’ artwork and compare themselves to local peers from schools in the area. They gain valuable insight through other students’ accomplishments and gather new ideas from viewing different methods and techniques. “Having artwork displayed can be very unnerving for students, but so rewarding! Seeing a student’s face proudly light up as they see their artwork hanging on the wall surrounded by other works truly shows their confidence growing,” Brantsen explained.

Gearing students up for the art show, Brantsen discusses how to present the artwork by properly labeling the exhibits and matting them. She explains how the layout of artwork in a museum or show can alter how people view it. She shows them how to take an in-depth look at a piece of art to see what message the artist portrays and to study the individual techniques and styles used. “I teach my students to think about how the artwork affects them on a personal level and how it speaks to them. Rather than simply deciding they like or dislike it, I teach them to focus on why they feel that way about the piece, forming more constructive criticisms,” she explained.

Comments are closed.

  • Kamies hired as Boyden city administrator

    September 28th, 2017
    by

    Boyden has a new city administrator. Tami Kamies began her duties Sept. 5 and she’s excited about the new position. She’s looking forward to the change.


    Winning the battle

    September 28th, 2017
    by

    Allison Decker’s doctors have described her cancer as one-in-a-billion.


    Boyden-Hull celebrates homecoming week

    September 28th, 2017
    by

    Boyden-Hull High School celebrated homecoming last week Sept. 18-22.


    New name, same face at Scott’s Auto Repair

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    New signs replaced old ones on the former C&K Repair business in Hull last weekend. The business has been renamed Scott’s Auto Repair. Owner Scott Hansmann said, “I want customers to know that it’s a completely new business and not to expect what it used to be.”


    Bonestroos purchase Electric Beach

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    For Stephanie Bonestroo, owning Electric Beach is a perfect fit. But the new owner of the tanning salon in Hull had no idea it would be as much fun as it is.


  • Koele Inc. to celebrate 50 years

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    Koele Inc. staff is excited to be celebrating 50 years in business. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, a free picnic supper will be served in Westside Park in Hull from 5-7 p.m. Door prizes will also be given away to help celebrate the occasion.


    New administrator expects changes

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    Brian Reindl began his career as administrator at Pleasant Acres Care Center Aug. 7. The 26-year-old Minnesota native isn’t new to nursing homes; he was an interim administrator at a couple struggling nursing homes in Minnesota where his job was to turn them around and make them successful.


    Hull Christian School enrollment increases

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    Hull Christian School started the year on a positive note, with enrollment numbers higher than they’ve been in more than 20 years.


    Vissers ride out Hurricane Harvey

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    When Evan and Tamyres Visser bought a house in the Houston, Texas, area two years ago, they looked for a nice neighborhood, close to work and near a good school.


    Collins named economic development director

    August 30th, 2017
    by

    The Hull City Council recently voted to hire Jim Collins to fill the position of economic development director for the city. The job includes promoting growth of any commercial or residential development in the community and maintaining contact with local businesses and prospects outside Hull.


  • [Advertisement.]
  • What’s Happening

    Wolfpack pull out a 19-16 win over Blackhawks

    Western Christian0-0-19-019 Hinton0-10-0-616 HINTON-The matchup between Class 1A fifth-ranked Western Christian and Hinton, which has been receiving votes in the […]

    Local squads race against some of the region’s best

    SIOUX CENTER-The Sioux Center cross-country invitational at The Ridge Golf and Country Club Thursday, Sept. 21, was the biggest and most talented field of runners Western Christian, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Trinity Christian would see this 2017 season.

    Ella M. De Zeeuw

    Ella De Zeeuw, 91, of Hull, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Rose Estates Assisted Living Community, Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 20, at American Reformed Church, Hull, with interment in Hope Cemetery, Hull.