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Baldwin Park High School Students Display Art in Community Showcase

BALDWIN PARK  – Baldwin Park High School students showcased their diverse artistic styles – from ceramics and free form to photography and paper mâché – during the Baldwin Park Arts and Recreation Center’s art show, “Canvases etc.,” where numerous student-art pieces were on display for the community to admire.

“It is nice to be validated and it’s nice for people to see what I made,” Baldwin Park High School senior Sadie Wilson said. “I’ve taken art classes since sophomore year and this is my first year in ceramics. I like that ceramics allows me to be creative and think outside the box.”

Oil, pastel, ink, charcoal, watercolor and computer-generated graphics were among the materials used to create the illustrated works. Colorful ceramic pieces demonstrated mastery of working in multi-dimensional forms, with images that ranged from a car and dragon to a cat and classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” characters.

Canvases etc. is open through May 20. A special reception was held on April 11, where students, families, educators and administrators browsed the diverse selection and participated in a scavenger hunt to find key pieces.

“It is important for students to experience a gallery setting and to see how fabulous their artwork looks in a professional environment,” BPHS ceramics teacher Jane Altenau said. “Any kind of arts instruction helps students with other core subjects because it nurtures a passion for learning.” 

Nine ceramic students also had their clay-creations on display for the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s (AMOCA) 2019 SoCal High School Ceramic Exhibition, which is open through May 26. The ceramic exhibition provides art-exposure for emerging artists.