The Art Scene: Pyramid Show
By: Clare Harris, Student FCHS
The art department is flourishing at Falls Church High School. The upcoming Pyramid Art Show on April 24th is one more event to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the Falls Church community. In partnership with the Mosaic District in Merrifield, Falls Church High School art students displayed murals at the shopping center. In addition, the Falls Church Jaguars participated in the Scholastic Regional Art Competition, collecting 26 awards.
In November, 27 student art murals were selected from Falls Church High School to be on display at the Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District. Art students created original, four by four foot, hand painted murals varying in style from abstract to realism. The murals were unveiled during the Falls Church Shopping Night on November 9th and are still on display.
More recently, the 2014 Scholastic Regional Art Competition was held on February 1st at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. The prize-winning Falls Church artwork was selected from over 2,000 entries. Receiving 26 awards is a testament to the art students and the art department at Falls Church High School. Of the 26 awards earned, 15 were Gold Key, 7 were Silver Key, and 4 were Certificates of Merit. The Gold Key winners will continue on to the national competition in New York City in June.
This long-running competition was established in 1923 with past winners including renowned artists Andy Warhol and Philip Pearlstein. The Gold Key pieces were on display at the NOVA Cultural Center until this past February 23rd. The upcoming Pyramid show features artwork from kindergarten through twelfth grade; while the Scholastic Competition features middle and high school students.
The Pyramid Art Show, held in the Falls Church High School cafeteria, will have a total of seven schools; the elementary schools are: Camelot, Fairhill, Westlawn, Pine Springs, and Woodburn. They will be joined by Luther Jackson Middle School. The art show provides an opportunity for not only the younger artists to become inspired, but for the high school students to be inspired as well. Seeing the artwork created by older students encourages the elementary and middle school artists to explore their art and to dream bigger.
For some students, art is like breathing. They could be anywhere when a thought begins to develop. They have to draw it out, they have to remember that fleeting rush of emotions felt in that one moment and capture it on canvas, on film, or by sculpting. Falls Church High School may be small, but as the saying goes, remarkable things come in small packages. The Pyramid Art Show truly is an exceptional gift to the Falls Church community. Come experience the budding talent for yourself on April 24, 2014.
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