"Windows of Arizona History," Sarah Wang—Grade 10, Mountain Ridge High School
Since 1912, Arizona's art and education have evolved greatly. I wish to celebrate Arizona's richly diverse centennial by capturing the images seen within students' lives over the past century. Whether it be Native American pottery, oil paintings, chalkboard drawings, or photographs, Arizona's sights are always beautiful. Classroom life has likewise advanced over the years. Changes from blackboards to computers and increasingly informative textbooks make our state's learning experience as beneficial as possible. With my piece, I strive to portray Arizona's development during its one hundred years of history.
"Disdain," Samuel Mundall—Grade 12, Central High School
My photograph of my niece represents the way that today's youth is neglected, especially in the school system, due to budget cuts and focus being directed towards older generations. She is photographed sitting on a swing set wearing a school uniform. The swing protrays youth, while the uniform indicates that she is a student. While swing sets and education are typically a positive depiction of youth, her facial expression indicates that she is distraught, neglected and forgotten. It could easily be said that the children who will eventually grow to be our leaders have been overlooked by the education system.
"Reaching for the Stars," Samera Walker—Grade 12, Central High School
My photograph, "Reaching for the Stars", was created with a negative that I photographed of my little sister, and which I manipulated in the darkroom to create the night sky. I added the color with the watercolor paints to enhance the concept of Art Education since kids in schools use paints and watercolors to make colorful pictures. Arizona is known for its beautiful dark starry skies, which I see every morning on my way to school at 5:00 AM and then I had the idea of "Sky's the Limit" through education.
"Generation Zero," Robert Fronczek-Smyth—Grade 9, New School for the Arts and Academics
I decided to make this ceramic tile with my self-portrait and the Arizona State Flag. I am a student in the state of Arizona and believe that this is a great state to live in.
"Untitled," Nicole Mayberry—Grade 12, Central High School
My photo captures the idea of the old haunting the new. I believe that in order to appreciate the future and all it brings one must consider the past. The copper toning of the photograph gives it the sense of the old Arizona when copper was a dominant industry. The graveyard is symbolic for all that has passed in Arizona. This is juxtaposed by the girls' modern clothing which is symbolic for contemporary educational standards. This photo brings out the idea of appreciating the old things in life but at the same time hoping to never stagnate.
"Untitled," Nicola Rough—Grade 12, Cactus Shadows High School
The photograph represents the 100 years that the Arizona art department has been teaching and painting the desert. This representation is quite literally one who is painting the desert as an age old cactus represents
"Rising From the Ashes, Once Again," Jose Alarcon—Grade 12, Sequoia Charter School
Arizona is colored by a diversity of cultures which offer valuable insights from various perspectives. The road takes the viewer on a journey from the past to the obscure future. The mountains witnessed the birth and progression of this land that many call home. The arch and the sunrise symbolize unity and a new beginning. Red boxes symbolize independence driven by our motivation for freedom. Traditional and innovative ideas have brought us thus far, because we've acknowledged our commonalities and differences. With a surrealistic approach, everything isn't what it seems. Arizona will rise from the ashes, once again.
"Arizona, 100 Years of Art and Education," John Thomas Alba—Grade 9, San Manuel Junior Senior High School
The drawing shows symbols, architectural landmarks, and heritage of Arizona. It also resembles the values of early black and white photography, and a modern montage of images.
"100 Years in Arizona," Isabella Nalukas—Grade 11, Heritage Academy
I took a classic Arizona landscape and tried to express the colors, the brightness and the beauty of the state. Using an object from a century ago (a wagon), I highlighted some of the supplies used in art an education.
"Arizona Through History," Henry May—Grade 11, Apache Junction High School
I drew a desert scene with mountains, cactus, desert bushes and a spirit horse. The spirit horse has the Arizona state flag incorporated into it representing the state's age and history.
"Budget Cuts in the Arts-Oh No!!" Frankiee Gallegos Ximena—Grade 12, Trevor G. Browne High School
When I took these two photos I was motivated by the devastating amount of budget cuts on education. I decided to emphasize on the emotional connection for the millions of children that will be affected by these cuts. The little girl's expression captures the emotional state she will be in by the cuts on education and how this can or will affect her as she grows up. I hope this doesn't go on, so that she can pursue her dreams in the long run and have a good education for her benefit.
"Arizona Timeline," Esther Mercado—Grade 12, Santa Cruz Valley Union High School
This artwork depicts the Arizona flag across the entire page with images of events in Arizona history throughout the flag. These events include the Grand Canyon becoming a national park, the London Bridge being brought to Arizona, the creation of the Roosevelt Dam, Arizona becoming a state, the right for Native Americans to vote, and an Arizona senator running for president. The theme of Arizona: 100 Years of Art and Education was interpreted as an opportunity to draw the important events in Arizona's history.
"Arizona Sands of Time," Ema Shqalsi—Grade 11, Chaparral High School
The human mind is a complex system. Art, whether it is a song, a painting, a poem, etc., acts a window in the depths of an individual's mind. Art allows me to communicate with others in the simplest way possible and connect with other people. A painting or drawing captures all emotion. Without art in my life, little would set me apart from the people standing around me, as each person depicts art in a different way. Art, in the forms of my favorite songs, novels I enjoy, and paintings I craft, is what gives me my individuality.
"Arizona San Tans," Denise Vidal—Grade 12, Gilbert High School
This is the view of the San Tan Mountains from behind my house. I like the way the natural desert is juxtaposed with the road (a man-made creation).
"Arizona, 100 Years," David McGraw—Grade 12, River Valley High School
Arizona, with deep Native American culture, along with the culture that has evolved from a miner's society. The vast desert that is home to wild life, including the great cactus. We are the people of this great state, and celebrating its 100 years or being a state in this great country, I feel that my drawing shows our culture, from the beginning until the now.
"How I see a 100 years of education," Darrian Davis—Grade 11, River Valley High School
How the pioneers changed the native people and taught them education in early Arizona. Arizona grew in art and education to the day it is now.
"Untitled," Caleb Olivia—Grade 12, Centennial High School
This picture is meant to show the wonderful view of a weekend I had on Highway 288, skating above Lake Roosevelt. Drawing the subject in was strictly to show art skills along with making that picture fit my theme, "mixing mediums." The subject is holding a longboard because he just got done skating one of Arizona's best roads for downhill skateboarding. The picture is to ultimately attempt to show the breathtaking ability this sight has on people along with a hint of added artwork in.