Solano County art students showcase skills in annual Art Faire – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

More than 400 artistically inclined students from 27 schools throughout Solano County showcased their work in the Solano County Student Art Faire, held Saturday at the Solano County Fairgrounds’ McCormack Hall.

The work ranged from computer art to sculptures to drawing to mixed media to painting to photography, with many students exhibiting their work for the first time. Ribbons were bestowed to students who placed first, second, third or won honorable mentions in each category. A Best in Show ribbon was given to one artist in each division, and every artist received a certificate just for taking part.

“The Solano Student Art Faire is something we look forward to every year,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “It is a special time to bring students, parents, teachers, and the community together to honor the work students have completed over the school year and celebrate the importance of the arts in education.”

Source: Solano County art students showcase skills in annual Art Faire – The Reporter

Town Center Gallery showcases Solano student artists – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Visitors to the Solano Town Center Gallery can view and bid on artworks from Solano County Office of Education students.

Students from the Solano County Office of Education have visited the gallery each Friday over the past several months to create their own masterpieces.

Proceeds benefit a special-needs class.

Source: Town Center Gallery showcases Solano student artists

Rodriguez High alumnus Leveau gives back to community – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Jordan Leveau, CEO of Artpop Cosmetics, contacted one of his former teachers from Rodriguez High School with an idea for his new lip kit release.

Artpop is an organic, vegan, animal-cruelty free, California-based, vibrant cosmetic makeup line, according to the company’s website. It launched a new lip kit Wednesday at the San Francisco RAW Impact Showcase.

To highlight the company’s vision, Leveau asked Lynn Larsen to have her students design and paint a backdrop for the event.

Source: Rodriguez High alumnus Leveau gives back to community

New K-12 California Arts Standards – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond praised the recent adoption of new California Arts standards by the State Board of Education, stating it is a critical step in enhancing creativity in students and preparing students for California’s “creative economy.” The last update to the state’s arts standards was in 2001.

“This was long overdue. Creativity and appreciation for the arts is important for all students to have a well-rounded education, exposing them to new ideas and perspectives. Arts education boosts school attendance, academic achievement, and college attendance rates; improves school climate; and promotes higher self-esteem and social-emotional development.” Thurmond said. “In addition, proficiency in the technology related to creative work is becoming an important skill for students as they progress into college and career.”

According to a 2018 report External link opens in new window or tab. by the Otis College of Art and Design, California’s creative economy generated $407.1 billion in economic output and 1.6 billion jobs, resulting in $141.5 billion in wages earned statewide. In the Los Angeles region alone, the creative economy generated $198 billion in economic output with $59.6 billion in wages earned.

Source: New K-12 California Arts Standards – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)

Rodriguez art students conceive, create first mural – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Rodriguez High has a new mural, thanks to the efforts of AP art teacher Lynne Larsen and her students.

It’s the first student-painted mural at the high school.

Each student had the opportunity to be part of the work by completing the mural class assignment. Larsen presented the finished works to the administration and owner of the proposed mural location.

The concept from Nyla Fukushima, a 16-year-old junior, was chosen.

Source: Rodriguez art students conceive, create first mural

2019 Solano Co. Student Art Faire- Suisun City, CA Patch

By Susan C. Schena

The 2019 Solano County Student Art Faire, open to the public, is set for Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McCormick Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo, according to the Solano County Office of Education.

“Some of the best 4th- through 12th-grade artists will showcase their artwork and the new location will allow for more masterpieces to be on display,” the agency said.

Students must submit their artwork through their schools for consideration for display at the Art Faire exhibit, and schools must register to participate, plus indicate the anticipated number of art pieces, by Dec. 14, officials said.

Source: 2019 Solano Co. Student Art Faire: Dates & Deadlines | Suisun City, CA Patch

Vanden High mural uses floral message to convey unity in diversity – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Vanden High School advance art students are leaving a lasting legacy to their campus.

More than 3,000 hours have been logged over the past six weeks to create a Unity in Diversity mural on the side of the arts and music building, visible from Markley Road. It measures 8 feet tall and 50 feet long.

Instructor David Draim was approached with the idea by fellow teacher Julie Rossi, who had seen other high school murals.

“I knew how much work (it would be),” Draim said.

Source: Vanden High mural uses floral message to convey unity in diversity

First traffic signal box to be painted next week – Benicia Herald

By Editor

The first phase of the Arts & Culture Commission’s Public Art Initiative will commence next week when two young artists paint the traffic controller signal box at the corner of First and Military.

Last year, the Art & Culture Commission unveiled its new project, which aims to install more public art in Benicia, including murals on buildings and traffic control boxes. The first phase of the project consists of painting art on traffic control boxes which will take place over the summer, beginning Monday, June 11 when two Benicia Unified School District students paint art on the box at the start of the pathway leading to Eunice Jensen Park and the Benicia Public Library.

The artists are Jiana Lyons and Samantha Johnson, who this fall will be entering ninth and 10th grade at Benicia High School respectively. Through the supervision of retired art educator, working artist and former Benicia resident Karen Norton, Johnson and Lyons submitted a proposed to the city a design consisting of a reader enjoying a book while underneath a tree, selected from shelves of books in the background. The proposal was approved by the City Council.

Source: First traffic signal box to be painted next week

Launch event to highlight arts education tomorrow – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

How important are the arts in education? That is a question that will be discussed at the Benicia Arts Now Community launch breakfast at Benicia Middle School.

The new local art education advocacy organization, in conjunction with the statewide California Alliance for Arts Education, will be hosting a special event to discuss ideas on how to grow art education in Benicia. Benicia Arts Now Community was formed last year by a group of parents who wanted further access to art education for their children. The group has expanded to include businesses, city officials, the Benicia Unified School District and local organizations such as Arts Benicia.

The goals are in line with those of the statewide California Alliance for Arts Education.

Source: Launch event to highlight arts education tomorrow

Benicia High School production of ‘Legally Blonde’ proves growing experience for all – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

“Legally Blonde: The Musical” tells the story of a young woman who perseveres despite obstacles and grows over time. Basically, it is an appropriate play for high school drama students to perform, and the result can be seen starting Friday at Benicia High School.

Director Nathan Day said the drama department had a difficult time picking a spring musical this year following the graduation of drama students from the Class of 2017.

“I lost a really big class last year that were really talented,” he said.

This year’s crop of drama students has mostly been girls and freshmen/sophomore boys. Day and vocal director Vivian McLaughlin decided to hold a general audition in September even before a show was selected.

“The whole concept was ‘Let’s have a general audition, and based off of that let’s pick a show that we feel we can be successful with,’” he said.

Source: Benicia High School production of ‘Legally Blonde’ proves growing experience for all

300 art pieces featured in Student Art Faire that begins May 16 – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Art from local students in fourth through 12th grades will be featured as part of the Solano County Student Art Faire that’s scheduled May 16-18 and May 21-22.

“Art is an essential component in a child’s development of motor skills, language, critical thinking, creativity and cultural awareness. It is also linked to increased academic performance. This countywide art faire showcases the immense talent of our local student artists,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Students from 25 schools submitted about 300 art pieces in categories that included computer art, clay pottery, sculpture, drawing, fiber, mixed media, painting, photography and print making.

Source: 300 art pieces featured in Student Art Faire that begins May 16

Student film festival features dramas, documentaries and more – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

About 30 films, including music videos, dramas and documentaries, were screened in the Solano Community College Performing Arts Center during the 17th annual EYE Light Film Festival.

The contest was open to students in middle school to junior college.

Entries came in from around Northern California, organizer Lynn Larsen said.

The festival was launched at Buckingham Charter Magnet School in Vacaville. Larsen took over in 2011 with the VacaValley Youth Video Affiliation.

The VYVA Inc. is a nonprofit scholarship organization that supports visual media arts and education. The annual film festival is dedicated to highlighting independent short films from a variety of genres created by young filmmakers.

Source: Student film festival features dramas, documentaries, more

Rodriguez 1 of 50 schools in Vans Custom Culture Competition – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Two pairs of custom-designed Vans shoes could net Rodriguez High School $75,000 for its art program.

Rodriguez is one of 50 high schools across the country participating in the ninth annual Vans Custom Culture Competition. Now, it’s up to the public to determine the winner by voting at https://customculture.vans.com and searching for Angelo Rodriguez.

The contest began with 500 schools showcasing their artistic talent on two pairs of blank Vans shoes utilizing the themes of “Local Flavor” and “Off the Wall.” The Vans team selected the top 50 based on creativity, relevance to theme and overall execution.

Source: Shoe-in: Rodriguez 1 of 50 schools in Vans Custom Culture Competition

Rodriguez art students seek votes for Vans Customer Culture Competition – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Rodriguez High School is one 50 schools competing in the Vans ninth annual Custom Culture Competition.

Sixteen art students designed and painted a pair of lace shoes and a pair of slip-ons for the competition.

The themes are “Local Flavor” and “Off the Wall.” The public determines the winner by voting at www.customculture.vans.com and searching for Angelo Rodriguez High School.

Source: Rodriguez art students seek votes for Vans Customer Culture Competition

Benicia High takes audience back in time with spring dance show – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Remember a time when people weren’t consumed by their smartphones? Benicia High School’s performing arts department will take audiences back to such a time period— several of them, in fact— for its advanced dance show “Scrolling Through Time,” which opens tonight.

The dance show— which combines the talents of Benicia High’s drama, dance and other performing arts students—is put on once or twice a year and features a story and choreographed dance numbers based on a theme. In this instance, the theme is the clash between the past and present eras.

The story centers around Scott Bledsoe (Played by Logan Bledsoe), a young man whose inventor father leaves him with a prototype of his newest product: the much-hyped iPhone Infinity. As he plays around with the Siri function, the phone glitches and the digital personal assistant comes to life as a human being, played by Ava Keffer, who takes Bledsoe back in time to several different eras.

Source: Benicia High takes audience back in time with spring dance show

Organizers extend Solano kindness video contest deadline – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The deadline to submit entries for the second annual Kindness Campaign video contest has been extended to April 27.

Students in seventh through 12th grades can participate by producing and submitting a video “that is between 30 seconds and 2 minutes . . . that expresses what the power of kindness can accomplish at school, at home and in our communities to make a positive difference,” a statement released by the county announcing the extension states.

Source: Organizers extend Solano kindness video contest deadline

Vanden High School hosts spring craft fair – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High School’s Sober Grad Committee will host a Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Road, in Vacaville.

There will be more than 30 local vendors/crafters who have partnered with the group by purchasing booth space and donating raffle items to support efforts to provide graduating seniors with a fun and safe graduation night celebration at Golfland/SunSplash in Roseville.

The entire community is invited to come out and support these vendors/crafters.

Source: The Week Ahead: Vanden High School hosts spring craft fair

Group from Mexico builds mosaic for Vallejo school – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo Charter School students don’t need to travel far to learn about another culture.

They can just look in the quad.

Huddled under a tarp because of Thursday’s rainy weather, a group of artists from Zacatlan, Mexico diligently placed colorful tiles together — building a mosaic art piece which honors the city of Vallejo, the state of California and Zacatlan.

The mural depicts a grizzly bear surrounded by grape vines, and hills, while it cradles the physical shape of California. Next to the bear is a giant apple tree, which acknowledges Zacatlan’s history with the fruit.

“The whole idea is a cultural, artistic exchange,” said Glenn Lustig, teacher leader at the school. “(Students) are learning about who these folks are, how to build a mural, and how the mural in Zacatlan was built.”

Source: Group from Mexico builds mosaic for Vallejo school

Arts Benicia highlights ‘Next Generation’ of local student artistry – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Once again, the artistic youth of Benicia have their works displayed in the same gallery often reserved for seasoned artists. In other words, Arts Benicia’s “Next Generation” exhibition is open for viewing.

“Next Generation,” a semiannual exhibit showcasing work by Benicia artists ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors, had its official opening yesterday. The show was first held in 1996 and continued to be an annual gallery highlight until it was replaced by other events. “Next Generation” was resurrected in 2010 by then-Arts Benicia Director Larnie Fox and has remained a staple ever since.

Through a partnership with Benicia Unified School District, teachers bring in the top pieces their students have worked on, whether in the STEAM Wheel program at the elementary schools, art classes at Benicia Middle School and Benicia High School or the Afterschool Art Club at Liberty High School, sponsored by Arts Benicia.

Source: Arts Benicia highlights ‘Next Generation’ of local student artistry

Fantasy, reality become intertwined in Benicia High School fall production – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

One might associate fantasy fans and theater fans as being disparate groups of people, but they will come together for Benicia High School’s fall play “She Kills Monsters,” which opens tonight. However, the fantasy elements will be intertwined with the harsh realities of grieving and growing up.

Qui Nguyen’s comedic drama only debuted off-Broadway in 2011 but is quickly becoming a popular production for high schools. The story is set in the ‘90s and centers around Agnes Evans (played by Ellie Bettencourt), a young high school teacher reeling from the loss of her parents and teenage sister Tilly (Pilar Gonzales) in a car accident. Agnes learns that Tilly was an avid “Dungeons and Dragons” player after uncovering a notebook of game scenarios and soon becomes a part of that world— both literally and figuratively— while learning about the side of her sister that she never really knew.

Director Nathan Day said he chose the play due to its themes, which he felt audiences could relate to.

Source: Fantasy, reality become intertwined in Benicia High School fall production