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Celebrating the Visual Arts

By Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
Students of all ages shine as they express themselves through art. 
Visual arts are an important part of the LJCDS experience, from the youngest Torreys through Grade 12. This year, the annual All-School Art Exhibition returned after a hiatus due to COVD, showcasing mixed media art projects from all divisions. Two LJCDS students won awards in countywide art competitions, and artworks from eight Upper School students were selected to be displayed in the Groff Exhibition. Back on campus, artist-in-residence Jesse Colin Jackson engaged students with his interactive Marching Cubes installation.

All-School Art Exhibition
It’s back and better than ever. The all-school exhibition features work from visual arts students in junior kindergarten through Grade 12. Community Hall transformed into a gallery space that presents an opportunity for students to see the culmination of their hard work, creativity and vivid imagination come together as a whole.

“For my young students to be able to see their artwork displayed alongside older students' work gives them an incredible sense of worthiness and pride,” shares Porschia Talbot, Lower School visual arts educator. “Because of COVID, this will be the first time a lot of students are seeing their artwork displayed; it's very exciting!”

Students’ year-long experiences incorporate studio art exercises, discussions and experimentations that highlight art as a critical form of communication. The result is a variety of 2D and 3D art through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, photography and multimedia platforms.

“Our Middle School students have experimented with a variety of ideas demonstrating their unique personalities and distinct sensibilities that best reflect who they are at this time in their lives,” shares Lissa Corona, Middle School visual arts educator. “Building their confidence in the studio and developing a community of young artists who support one another and celebrate each other's efforts is of the utmost importance.”

As the students’ work evolves into final pieces, they are prepared for gallery presentation. Teaching students about the importance of sharing their creations is key to the development of their artistic voices and practices.

“Upper School students are showing a selection of works from different in-class projects,” explains Ivy Guild, Upper School visual arts educator. “I love the opportunity for my students to publicly own their artwork and show it to their community. Artistic voice and authorship are key factors in my curriculum, and I think this is an enriching part of that learning process.” 

Award Winners
  • Congratulations to Kate Kolinski ’32 who won second place in the Colors on Canvas Banner Art Awards. Kate’s colorful banner features ice cream and popsicles representing the business Dixie Pops. School children hand-painted the 76 banners that were installed on lampposts throughout Mission Hills before the awards were announced. 
  • Congratulations to Nolan Rosik ’25 who won Fan Favorite for “Mother Nature Needs No Filter” in the U.S. Congressional Art Competition, 52nd Congressional District. Nolan’s art will be displayed in the Congressman’s San Diego office for one year. 

Groff Exhibition
Eight Upper School students were chosen to display their art in the Groff Exhibition at the City Gallery at San Diego City College and online. The California Art Education Association San Diego Chapter designed this exhibition to be the peak of standards-based and competitively juried annual student art exhibitions in the county. Submissions were open to all high school students in San Diego County with no restrictions on art media.

Congratulations to these LJCDS artists: 
  • Ashley Ding ’25
  • Nano Goldman ’22
  • Isie Hinrichs ’25
  • Asya Lyubavina ’22 
  • Nolan Rosik '25
  • Jada Williams ’23
  • Hally Wu ’24
  • Rachel Yang ’24

Artist Residency
Jesse Colin Jackson, a Canadian artist and designer based in Southern California, spent time with students in all divisions encouraging them to create sculptures using his interactive Marching Cubes. Jesse’s Marching Cubes performances and installations have been featured in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico City, Stockholm and Tehran.

The National Art Honor Society students collaborated with Jesse to build an installation of the cubes in the staircase of the administration building. With a community rhizome theme, students began working abstractly and conceptually by creating their own sculptures using the cubes and connecting them together.

Scroll through the All-School Art Exhibition slideshow below.

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