The Beauty Project

Posted Monday, June 13, 2016

The Beauty Project is a culminating experience that LVHS photography classes created in order to bring our experience to the student body. The jumping-off point was a Youtube video post: "People react to being called beautiful" which was created by ChiArts student Shea Glover. We continued to explore the complicated subject of "Beauty": What is it? Who defines it? How does society impact our notions? Do we value inner-beauty...etc.

Student work took whatever form each group or individual chose to best communicate and engage the LVHS community. Projects included: Buttons with beauty quotes, Sticky-Note locker bombs, Beauty Quotes on every lunch table, Videos that interviewed students about notions of beauty, Posters, Facebook Page, Tweets, Portraits of students that reflected their individual beauty and much more.

The project has taken on a life of its own; A student was so inspired by our work that it influenced her choice for her English social justice project, A beauty sticky-note made its way outside and a woman was seen photographing it, staff/students have uploaded images to their social media, we've received requests for sticky-note bombs from staff and many people have commented on the positivity of the project.


The Beauty Project


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SAIC Scholarship

Posted Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Self-Portrait in scratchboard, by Jenna K.
Self-Portrait in scratchboard, by Jenna K.

Artist Spotlight

Senior Jenna K. is in contention for a Merit Scholarship The School of the Art Institute of Chicago based on her submitted art portfolio.

Q. How does it feel to have SAIC as an option for college? 
It feels good, it is one the most prestigious art schools in the U.S. You know, I wasn’t even going to apply. I never expected to receive the amount of positive feedback that I did on my artwork from anyone, let alone SAIC. It is very validating. It’s a pretty amazing feeling, kind of hard to describe. It’s just really exciting. 

Q. Can you describe your body of artwork?
I work mainly in charcoal. The whole theme behind my artwork is body image. I think that society and media portray this insanely false perception of how people should look. My artwork focuses, without being so straight forward and in your face, on the struggles people have with their own bodies. I would never want to make a piece of art that doesn’t make someone feel something, art is my form communication. If my art gets through to people then I’m over the moon. 

Q. What other areas of interest do you have?
For a very long time my passion has been in music. It’s actually something very few people know about me! I sing and play guitar. Its been one of the most important things in my life. I have a very musical family, I’m constantly surrounded by it, so it was sort of inevitable for me to have such a huge passion for it. I plan on majoring in music in college. I also love to act; as a kid, my sister and I used to get together with some of our cousins and video tape these little sketches. We were super young, so looking back at those home videos is really amazing. Fashion is also pretty awesome. I’m planning on taking some fashion design classes in college!

Q. Can you talk about how AP Portfolio and Drawing/Painting Studio have supported your development as an artist?
AP Portfolio and Drawing/ Painting Studio has influenced me so greatly in my development as an artist. It’s actually pretty funny, the only reason I chose AP Portfolio was because my sister was in the class a few years back. I had no idea I could create the kind of artwork I’ve been creating. I only started making art last year for my Honors Art 1 class. I’m not one of those people that have been making art since they could put pen to paper. These classes have unlocked this hidden talent I had. I never knew I had this talent in me. 

Q. What positive changes have you seen at LVHS this year?
The atmosphere is really different, I’ve been at Lake View all four years of high school and compared to how it used to be, Lake View has never been this positive. 

Q. What Superpower would you choose and Why?
Probably to be able to teleport, I want to travel all over the world. I mean, if I had that power I wouldn’t have to worry about plane rides or anything!

Q. Why is art important to society?
Art is the sole connection between people from all corners of the world. Art is so important. If you have that ability, if you can make art and make people feel something, then make art. It takes courage and passion and talent and if you have that, you have the ability to change the course of everything. To answer the question, art is very very very important.



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