Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Featured Visual Artist - Senior Scott Parik

Scott Parik is a Senior at Downers North this year. He has been a student in the ceramics studio since his freshman year, when he had Mr. Marty Voelker as a teacher.

From the very beginning, Scott demonstrated a great knack for working with clay. His instructors state that his beginning level projects are worthy of being entered into his college portfolio.

Over the past four years at North, Scott has taken ceramics every semester, with Mrs. Amy Bernard as his teacher. Scott continues to produce high quality work, having pieces entered into both the Mosaic Art Show in December and the Spring Art Show in May, as well as the regional Scholastic Art Awards Show which takes place each January at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Last year, Scott won a Silver Key Award for one of his teapots, which are the focus of his AP Portfolio that he is currently working on this semester.

Over the course of this year, Scott will produce six teapots for his AP concentration, and eight other pieces which demonstrate a knowledge of the elements & principles of art & design. These pieces will be photographed and sent in slide form to the AP College Board in May. Scott will be evaluated on this portfolio, and may receive college credit for his hard work.

Among his other accomplishments in the area of Ceramic Arts, Scott was also the recipient of the Underclass Award in Ceramics last year at Underclass Awards Night.

Scott is a great example of an art student who strives to push himself to do better and better work each time he begins a project. Congratulations Scott!

Friday, October 13, 2006

IMEA All-District Musicians Announced

49 student musicians from Downers Grove North High School were selected, by competitive audition, to the 2006 Illinois Music Educator’s Association District Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Auditions were held on Tuesday, October 10, at Carl Sandburg High School. The top placing scores were selected for participation in the District Music Festivals, to be held during the month of November.

“We are very proud of all our students who participated in the IMEA audition process,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairperson at North High. “All of our students who auditioned worked very hard and competed against stiff competition. Selection to these ensembles is a real honor for both them, and our school. We are looking forward to hearing great performances at the District Music Festival next month.”

For a comlete list of Downers Grove North High School musicians selected to the IMEA District I Festival, click here.