Art Department showcases student work at Festival of the Arts

McKenna Bryant | Staff Writer & Photographer

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Visual Communications students design and create custom shirts

Brenna Emerson and Sophia Freeland | Staff Writers

Visual communications is an art class offered to students that teaches them the basics of creating digital artwork. As the second semester starts, students have been creating their own t-shirts.

Some of the projects students have completed include stickers, album covers, business cards and digital illustrations. The t-shirt project is one of the later projects in the year for the students.

“By this time students have an understanding of how to make different types of art digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator,” Visual Communications teacher Kadi Miller said.

Making these custom t-shirts is an opportunity for students to be even more creative compared to previous projects.   

“For the t-shirts, it’s kind of a more open project where they get to pick the process they use to design a t-shirt that describes something about who they are,” Miller said.

Every student’s shirt is unique to themselves.  Junior Alyssa Terrell’s inspiration for her shirt comes from her passion for the outdoors.

“My design is a puzzle of nature. There are pieces missing with a quote in the empty spaces. The puzzle pieces are incorporated because I love puzzles,” Terrell said.

Not only do the students get to design and create their own custom t-shirt, but they also do a photoshoot in the shirts.

“With the photos we take, we do digital magazine covers and magazine layouts so they learn about that process as well throughout the project,” Miller said.

By completing this project students show off skills they’ve been learning in a creative way.

Passionate student finds career in art field

Katelyn Mitchell | Staff Writer

Everyone has something that they enjoy doing, whether that be playing a sport, writing stories, creating music or just leisurely scrolling through the Internet. Senior Unique Reddy’s passion is art.

“I enjoy art because I was better at it and enjoyed it a lot more than any of the other classes and activities I had done,” Reddy said.

Many art students aspire to a career in the field, possibly teaching an art class to students, working in the art therapy field, selling paintings to consumers or becoming art curators. Reddy is no exception.

“Art is definitely a career option for me,” she said. “I plan on going to Herron at IUPUI. There, I plan on majoring in photography and minoring in painting, which opens up a lot of doors when it comes to a career in the art field.”

However, making a career in art can be an extremely difficult task; it takes years of dedication and practice to go into art schools in college, which requires students to stay focused in high school.

“I didn’t start taking art seriously until my junior year. In that time period, I started taking two advanced classes, and I sold my first piece of artwork,” Reddy said.

Though a career in art requires early focus, it also requires passion

“When I am doing art, I always forget how much I enjoy it until I’m actually in the zone. Once I start, I won’t stop,” Reddy said.

The Scholastic Art Competition deadlines later this month. It is an opportunity for artists to submit their work and potentially win scholarships or have their work publicly displayed.

“For this year, I have entered many types of media into Scholastics; my colored pencil drawing for example. Last year, however, I had only submitted two that went into the photography category,” she said.

Reddy has documented her progression through art throughout her high school year and hopes to continue to grow.

“I have always loved art, but if you told me my freshman year that I would be as far as I am now, I would have thought you were crazy. I hope that this progression continues to grow so I can continue growing as an artist,” she said.

For some students, their passion will be hobbies for their whole lives. But Reddy hopes it will become her livelihood as well.

Students Showcase Art at the End of High School Career

“I make a lot of mugs, because I just recently started to drink coffee,” senior Reece Baur said. “I just think everything I make should be useful in some way.”

Story by: Abi Ghiridharan

Pictures by: Jessica Richardson

Senioritis did not seem like an option for the students who worked throughout the year to complete their art projects. These art projects ultimately went on display at the Center Grove High School art show where students were able to admire the projects created by their peers.


“I got first place for the AP board,” Molly Robinson said. “I’m so happy with it. I think, more for me, I just want wanted

“This is my concentration,” senior Molly Robinson said. “It’s kind of a story about a girl growing up, kind of like my life story. You are born through your parents and you slowly find your means throughout your life.”

to release it into the world and have people see it. But the fact that someone understood it enough to give it a good rank is just awesome.”


Many of the students chose a theme to build their artwork around. Through their pieces, artists were able to express themselves and communicate with their viewers.


“The theme of my art was showing the beauty in death,” Chloe Davis said. “Most people have negative feelings toward death so I showed that there is beauty within a sad moment. We did a project where we did a pen drawing of a skull and I really Iiked it. Everyone thinks that skulls are negative so I thought I could add the positives to it.”

“I chose these [pieces], because they show the time I put into them,” senior Chloe Davis said. “They show the progress I made throughout my art from freshmen year until now.”

Students spent a great amount of time creating and shaping the ideas for their artwork. Skyler Johnson concentrated her pieces on the idea of being held back by different things in life, an idea that evolved and grew out of another theme.


“I first started out by wanting my works to centralize around the idea of antisocial personality disorder, and I created a couple artworks from that but I found it really hard to continue the theme with the time restraint I had,” Johnson said. “I had to change it to be a more simple body of work so I looked at what I made so far and pulled that idea from it.”


Throughout the year, students were able to gain a lot from working on their artwork. Senior artists were able to grow through their experiences and become more confident in their abilities.


“I took pictures of street photography and focused on people, everyday life, and candid shots,” Cory Harden said. “I’ve always been interested in people and how they interact. I believe that I’ve been more willing to take shots that are a little more risky for the experience and the art behind it. I feel like a progression is bound to happen over time as long as you keep shooting.”


As with any class, students also experienced some frustrations during their process. Along with their achievements came challenges and moments of stress that artists had to get through.


“Most of these are part of my concentration,” senior Ella Brown said. “And this one is my self portrait which I worked hard on this year.”

“I do a lot of detail-oriented work, and so I think that just kind of gets on my nerves when things don’t look exactly right,” Johnson said. “Because it’s so detailed you have to go back in and fix those little things, so it takes a lot of time.”

“My concentration has changed a lot throughout the year,” senior Skylar Johnson said. “But it ended up becoming; being held back by physical materials that represented more intangible things in your life, whatever that may be.”

For many of the seniors, their passion for art will continue into college.


“I’m really into art. I’ll continue my art career in college because I’m going to Herron at IUPUI,” Bailey Riddle said. “I’m doing integrated studio practice at Herron, which is an art major for those who don’t know what they want to do yet. But I’m probably going to do a painting or ceramics major because I’ve worked in those fields before.”


A few career plans took shape due to the support and instruction of high school art teachers. Some students wanted to follow in the footsteps of their teachers and serve as instructors to future artists.


“I’m going to school for art education,” Harden said. “My teachers have inspired me so much that I want to inspire other students in the future. I hope that in four years I will be back here teaching and helping kids find the same spark that I found.”


After an entire year, students were finally given the opportunity to put their works on display for their peers to view and appreciate. These artists, with patience and dedication, were given the ability to express themselves and inspire others.

STUGO Sponsored Talent Show to Take Place Tomorrow

By Ethan Boots Photo taken from CGTV Footage

Students at Center Grove have a variety of talents that don’t always get to be displayed. So, this year the STUGO has organized a talent show as a way to raise money and display student talent.

“As soon as I heard about the show I was like “yep, I’m all for that”,” said Freshman Suzy Dowell. “I have been competing in the Johnson County fair talent competition ever since I was nine and I really enjoy doing that.”

The audition process was different for many students because they performed in front of teachers they know.

“It was a little stressful because I was like there’s this big room and there’s just little old me, but everything went smoothly,” Dowell said.

This year Dowell will be performing the song Don’t Go in Japanese. 

Freshman Jonathan Jeffries has also performed in previous talent competitions.

“I’ve done piano before but my main thing is concerts,” Jeffries said. “I’ve done concerts for a while every couple weeks. I’m more excited than nervous, I’ve played in front of big crowds before so it’s not as bad”.

It’s been years since Center Grove has seen a talent show.

“We didn’t want to do some boring fundraiser,” Parker Ferguson, senior class president, said. “We wanted to do something to really get people involved and excited.”

Lesley McDougal, an Early College English teacher, was one of the advisors who helped organize the show.

“We’ve got drum line, tap, dancing groups, duets, and the dance team,” McDougal said. “There’s a variety of groups performing.”

The student government is excited to feature talents that might not always be seen in the public eye.

“We know we have a lot of talent as a school, types of talent that isn’t showcased like on a sports field,” said Ferguson.  “We wanted to give our classmates a platform to perform and show off their abilities. Hopefully it will be something people will remember”

Come out March 14th at 6 PM to support the student government and see your classmates.

Tickets are 5 dollars and can be purchased in the Auditorium on the day of performance.

Students Receive Numerous Awards in Annual Scholastic Contest

Click the Picture Below to see all of the Gold/Silver Award Key Winners
Scholastic Key Awards

Honorable Mentions:

“Look Down”, Photography by Eston Baumer; “Golden Hour”, Photography by Eston Baumer; “Clock Tower”, Photography by Eston Baumer; “People Exploring”, Art Portfolio by Eston Baumer; “Easily Satisfied”, Digital Art by Max Parker; “Vinyl Water”, Photography by Maddie Weeks; “F*ck Cancer”, Photography by Maddie Weeks; “16”, Ceramics and Glass by William Brink; “Fade”, Ceramics and Glass by William Brink; “Chalky Vase”, Ceramics and Glass by Zane Gravens; “15 Inch Geometric Thrown Bottle”, Ceramics and Glass by Zane Gravens; “Fountain #3”, Ceramics and Glass by Zane Gravens; “Man Asleep”, Drawing and Illustration by Sarah Morrow; “Dad’s Mug”, Ceramics and Glass by Joseph Zollinger; “Thrown Functional Wares”, Art Portfolio by Joseph Zollinger; “White Vase”, Ceramics and Glass by Joseph Zollinger; “Pig Tail”, Ceramics and Glass by Joseph Zollinger; “Slim Cookie Jar”, Ceramics and Glass by Joseph Zollinger; “Lidded Jar”, Ceramics and Glass by Joseph Zollinger; “Orangutans”, Drawing and Illustration by Michelle Moon; “Untitled”, Drawing and Illustration by Laura Putman; “Summer Day”, Painting by Nicole Kissler; “Onions with Vase”, Drawing and Illustration by Parker Nunnelly; “Rainbow Fish”, Painting by Bailey Riddle; “Tyler”, Painting by Rachel Spenny; “Nacho Cheese as a Metaphor for Hell’s Scorching Lava”, Humor by Harrison Sutton; “Is This Going to Hurt?”, Humor by Ethan Marley