Artwork by junior Jennifer Noel was recently selected for a national art exhibition. Noel’s work, “Connected through the Chaos” is a work that explores the pandemic, masking, and how it has affected the community. Her art was one of only 200 pieces selected from nearly 1,700 submissions for the 2022 NAHS/NJAHS Juried Exhibition held annually in Washington, D.C. This year’s exhibition is being held virtually.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, band and chorus students traveled to Florida for a workshop led by a University of Central Florida (UCF) professor and some program bonding at amusement parks. Dr. Kelly Miller, coordinator of music education at UCF, led students in a workshop focused on trust-building, non-verbal communication, and teamwork.
Members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) recently completed a three-part mural project intended to brighten the “wells” of Cleghorn Hall. Through virtual, hybrid, and now in-person learning, NAHS students used their creativity and painting skills to depict “mind, body, and spirit,” on the below-ground, exterior walls outside the modern and classical languages classrooms on the bottom floor of Cleghorn Hall.
On Friday, Nov. 12, Wesleyan graduate Caroline Mitchell ’15 led workshops for the Wolf Theater Guild in Lencke Theater. The workshops were focused on helping students understand what it means to be in each other’s space on stage and how to engage with one another effectively and respectfully as a cast.
“We were so grateful to spend time with Caroline,” said Stephanie Simmons, high school theater director and sponsor of the Guild. “Knowing how to engage with one another in scenes that call for a lot of togetherness and often comedic behavior can be a challenge for many young actors. Caroline brought great perspective to our students and led them through exercises to help them anticipate how to best approach these situations on stage.”
High school students involved in the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) recently presented three large canvases to Karyn Vickery, director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), to use as wall decoration in the ARC. The visual art students aimed to create work that would celebrate learning differences and encourage a growth mindset, and Vickery was thrilled with the results.
Kudos to our Wolf Players, who performed Peter Pan three times over the weekend and last week! Stephanie Simmons, high school theater director, directed the show, and eight seniors led the cast as they shared the tale of the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.
Literally and figuratively, Wesleyan alumni are making their mark in various fine arts programs at Auburn University. Ashton Cameron, Jon Hunt Ficken, Grace Halley, and Natalie Hamlin, all members of the class of 2018, won annual awards recognizing their talent, creativity, and hard work.
Though accustomed to the Friday Night Lights of Henderson Stadium, the Marching Wolves took their 2021 halftime show on the road to a marching band competition at Sprayberry High School. The Marching Wolves earned first place in percussion, second place in color guard, and second place overall in the Class A division. “The band peaked at just the right moment with their very best performance on the field on Saturday,” explained Jeff Foster, band director.
Professors from Savannah College of Art and Design led three unique workshops for high school students in the visual and performing arts. The workshop topics included virtual reality, two-dimensional digital art, and improv. Exposure and collaboration with collegiate art professors deepen and diversify student creativity. Not only were students able to practice new techniques, but students also learned about career opportunities in art.
To learn more about fine arts at Wesleyan, please visit our arts webpage.
On Monday, Oct. 4, the middle and high school chorus took to the stage in Powell Theater to dazzle their families with their fall concert. Singers presented a variety of works ranging from songs about the fruits of the Spirit to excerpts from a Mozart Mass.
Bravo to our Wolf Jr. Players who performed Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit four times over the weekend and last week! The show, which was directed by Jenn Jordan, lower and middle school drama coordinator, featured 24 middle school students as cast members and two students working behind the scenes in stage management.
On Thursday, Sept. 9, the fall performing arts showcase featured high school students singing and playing a variety of music, including original pieces, Bon Jovi, and Bach. Students sang or played euphonium, guitar, piano, or viola, and they performed their selections as soloists or in pairs. Performers included RJ Devlin, Hannah Ferdon, Carson Green, Tori Hedlund, Brenna McConnell, Davis Olds, Brady O’Shields, Dorothy Park, William Sabonis Chafee, Nadia Thieriot, and Brad Meyer, chorus and piano teacher.
Three high school art student artists have been honored in the annual Atlanta High School Art Exhibit, which is part of the Dogwood Festival.
Paige Wyatt '21 won an Honorable Mention from the Watercolor Society. Sophie Villa '22 and Ella Grace Pickering '22 were both selected as finalists for the exhibit that will be held August 6-8. This is a very competitive show. Paige is one of 26 award winners selected out of thousands of entries from the Atlanta area.
Congratulations to the State Runner-Up Wesleyan Literary Team! On Saturday, April 24th the Literary Team traveled to Georgia Military College to compete in the GHSA State Meet. At the end of the day, Wesleyan finished 2nd overall and only 5 points behind the first place team.
It's Market week and we are ready to fill your cup to the brim with gorgeous art and wonderful weekend entertainment! All the Professional art, Student art, and programming can be found on the Wesleyan Artist Market website.
Keep reading for the top three things you need to know this week and a highlight of the schedule for special events throughout the Market.
The Wesleyan Artist Market Team is excited for the launch of the Virtual Market next week. Starting Thursday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. and running through April 29 at 4:00 p.m. shoppers from across the country will get to enjoy and purchase through the WAM marketplace.
Rehearsals are in full swing for the Wolf Jr. Players production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown opening at the end of this month. Recently, the cast had a special Zoom reunion with the cast from the last time Wesleyan performed this show which was in 2003.
The 2020-21 Wesleyan Wolf Players theater season kicks off this week with the high school fall performance of “This Is A Test – A One-Act Play.” The show opens on Thursday, September 24 in Lencke Theater in the Fine Arts building.
Congratulations to senior Haley Gilliam who was recently named an exhibition finalist for the Atlanta High School Art Exhibit which is held at the Dogwood Festival. Only 4% of entries were chosen to be exhibited in the Piedmont Park Community Center as part of the festival. All work on the exhibit will be juried to win prizes. Way to go, Haley!