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April 30, 2013 > Students showcase environmental artwork

Students showcase environmental artwork

Submitted By Edie Christensen
Photos By Miriam G. Mazliach

Recently, during Earth Week, a Recycled Art/Environmental Sculptures Exhibit was presented at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont. The Art 1 and Sculpture/Ceramics students created all the sculptures and dioramas using recycled materials - plastic bottles, bags and sheets, cardboard, Styrofoam, newspapers, magazines, paper mache, paint and other materials - to address environmental issues. Many students worked in groups, but some sculptures were created independently. To accompany their works, student artists included statements to explain the concepts and symbols in their sculptures.

Student effort and creativity are evident to Ceramics/Sculpture Teacher Mr. Hui and me (Art Instructor). Exhibit messages are well written and address important environmental issues including global warming, habitat destruction, pollution, and endangered species. This second annual earth week exhibit at Mission San Jose High School was a wonderful example of the creativity and involvement of our students. A thank you goes to teacher Jeff Evans, who coordinates the StopWaste.org effort on campus.

A panel of two school administrators, two AP Art students and Mr. Evans, selected the top three works of art and honorable mentions:

Top Three:
1st Place - "The Wave of Doom" by Perika Chawla
2nd Place - "Our Duck" by Shantell Peiris, Helena Tam, and Ariel Tsang
3rd Place - "Hanging Jellyfish" by Jenny Fu, Josh Cho, Brian Hong, and Seung Jun (Mason) Lee

Honorable Mentions:
"Recycled Chair" by Emily Nguyen and Melissa N.
"Full Circle" by Alexa Iwatani and Ben Shay
"Leaves" by Angie Meng and Larry (Liang Yen) Liu
"Wasted Ocean" by Andrisa Ranchall, Omut Oktem, and Kristina Wong
"Polluted World" by Vanessa Kao, Vanika Kiswani and Medina Kohzad
"Water Faucet" by Karen Ng and Morina Liu

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