The First Lady of Texas selected the works from across the state in the YAM Capitol Exhibition. The pieces will hang in the Governor’s Business Office for one year.
Each year, the Office of the First Lady of Texas selects students’ work for the Gallery.
Cecilia Abbott selected the artwork. One piece will hang in the First Lady’s Office. She chose the works from the Youth Art Month Capitol Exhibition. The exhibit showcases student works from all across the state. Not everyone makes it to the YAM Capitol Exhibition. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) jurors had the difficult task of selecting artwork for the Exhibition.
“This is a huge honor,” said Kelley. “Only 12 pieces were chosen from the 103 pieces in the Youth Art Month Capitol Exhibition.
“I am proud of all the students who made it to the Exhibition. And excited for the two selected to the Governor’s Gallery.”
“Aldine’s leadership has long supported art education. This school year, we saw art education expand to the prekindergarten levels. I also thank the dedicated art educators developing students’ creativity and cultivating their talent.“
The 12 pieces will be on display for the next year. The TAEA framed the works.
There will be a reception to honor the artists in the summer.
Student: Jennifer Castillo
Teacher: Laura Luna
Kujawa EC/PK Center
Student: Gabrialle Kitt
Teacher: Cynthia Graff
Art education not only teaches students to develop creativity. Students also learn to express themselves. Communication is a highly sought after skill by many employers. Read Jennifer Castillo’s statement about her work “El Obispo.”
“El Obispo” is a linoleum landscape print of the neighborhood where my aunt from Mexico lives. Two of the most important elements in my print are line and texture due to the way I carved. Since it was a reduction print, I included six different colors. This made color the another important element. There is a variety of different shapes which include both geometric and organic.
I used lino cutters and different sized blades that all had a different purpose when carving. For example, I would use a number 3 blade to outline everything and a number 5 to create texture. I used different colored inks, and mixed some to create lighter or darker colors.
This particular work is a more personal piece. I wanted to do a landscape print of my refuge place, Mexico. That is the reason I used bright colors. They show that I am always happy and stress free when I visit.
I hadn’t done a reduction print since my freshman year, so this refreshed my memory on the steps. I learned that you have to pay close attention if you want the colors to come out exactly like your plan. I also learned that you should always test the colors on a test print just to make sure they are the correct shade. My final prints came out exactly as I imagined them.
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