Rebecca Martin and Anna Flores Receive Art Awards in Governor Exhibition

The NDA Visual Arts Department would like to recognize art students who received awards in the 2017 Art Criticism Open – a writing competition that includes analysis and interpretation of an artwork. Both of these young ladies wrote their critiques as freshman in Art 1. Their critiques were juried over the summer and were notified of the results last semester. Current sophomore, Rebecca Martin now a sophomore in Art II, received an Honorable Mention for her critique of Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Juror, Dr. Jeanie Auseon, commented that, “Though the artwork’s title, Adoration of the Magi, reveals essential meaning and story within the painting, Becca does not rush into relating the meaning of the piece. Instead, through careful observation, she considers several ways in which the artist’s decision making regarding the use of elements and principles of design and compositional placement resulted in the creation of a unique and successful re-telling of a familiar story.”
Sophomore Anna Flores received first place in the state of Ohio for her critique of Sunlight on the Coast by Winslow Homer.

Dr. Auseon comments, “Congratulations Anna for comprehensively describing and analyzing what on the surface seems a straight forward depiction of nature. Her heightened sensitivity to the many visual clues within the composition resulted in a multi-layered interpretation of the profound power of nature in our lives; as well as recognition of the painter’s artistic thinking, and masterful blending of media.”

Both Becca and Anna will be awarded at the opening reception for the 2017 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition which will be held in April in Columbus. At the end of Art I the students write a second art criticism essay on a work from the Toledo Museum of Art. Essays are sent to the Art Criticism contest that is part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition competitions. The essays are juried by professionals and then awards announced the next spring. In 2017, NDA had two students that had taken AP Art History as sophomores honored in first and second place, Caroline Dziubek and Mary Gerhardinger. Recently NDA received news that Anna Flores, who was a freshmen in Art I and now is in Art II, won first place in the 2017 Art Criticism Open.  She will be honored in Columbus in April of 2018.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo- Adoration of the Magi
Winslow Homer – Sunlight on the Coast





Students Use IB Learner Profile Skills in Three Dimentional Art

Students in Mrs. Kozal’s Three Dimensional Art Class brought famous art creations to life. This is a hands-on class where students learn the basic principles of making sculpture and ceramics and includes students from grades 8 -12. Students were asked to research and study a particular artist. Using elements of the IB Learner Profile this assignment involved skills like problem-solving, risk taking, and inquiry according to Mrs. Susan Kozal, NDA Art Teacher. “Elements of the IB Learner Profile were present throughout this project,” she explained. “Students also needed to be open-minded during their research and journaling becoming knowledgeable of the artist’s style, struggles, and emotions during that time period the piece was created.” “Problem solving comes in when the students took a 2-D composition and tried to scale it to 3-D,” she added. Eighth grader Isabel Smith said that this was the first project that she had to research, study, and write about before beginning an art piece. “I read, journaled, and really thought about Albrecht Durer, my artist, before re-creating this piece.  I felt more at ease on this assignment because I knew more of his style so I was able to focus more on details and really dig deep into this piece,” she said.


Art Students Win Honorable Mentions in OAEA Flag Contest

As art teachers and Ohio Art Education Association members, both Mrs. Kozal and Mrs. Mettler were able to send one submission each to enter the 2017 Youth Art Month flag design competition.  This year both students Samantha Grohowski ’18 and  Chloe Kozal ’20 have won Honorable Mentions in the YAM Flag Contest for grades 9 through 12.  Their art work will be on display from March 5th to March 31 and there will be a recognition ceremony at 12:30 pm, Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

Chloe Kozal ’20

Samantha Grohowski ’18


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AP Art History Students Awarded in Art Criticism Open

Two Notre Dame Academy AP Art History students received the 2016 Art Criticism Open in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Caroline Dziubek placed first and Mary Gerhardinger received second place for their interpretive writing about selected artworks.  Certificates of recognition will be given at an awards ceremony for the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition to be held in April of 2017 in Columbus.  This is the third time NDA students have received awards and the first time EVER to have received two in the same year!

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