White River Valley students in the related arts department have accomplished a lot this year and they had their projects on display at the Related Arts Show this past Friday in the WRV cafeteria. The related arts department at WRV consist of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, including Agriculture taught by Sam Zuckschwerdt, Family and Consumer Science taught by me, Betsy Misner, and Industrial Technology taught by Charles Hancock. Related arts also includes the fine arts courses Band and Choral taught by Austin Hamang and Art taught by Jessica Pemberton.
World Languages taught by Trina Oliver is included as well. Each subject area had student work on display.
Agriculture had a poster depicting the many activities Ag students have participated in this year.
Abigail Reynold put a display together with pictures from with everything from using tractor guidance systems to training drones using GPS, to building a storage barn, visiting a locker plant and competing in soil evaluations.
The board also features Mason Stoner accepting a check from Monsanto’s American Farmers Grow Communities and Christiane Davis, Kate Records and Sydney Davidson accepting a 3D Printer they won from Corteva Agriscience.
There were also some of the crops: corn and cucumbers and welding project: s-hook and dinner bell on display. Zuckschwerdt said that we did a good job putting the show together.
Family and Consumer Science projects included the American Regional Food Trucks designed by students in Advanced Nutrition and Wellness, European poster displays created by students in Introduction to Culinary and Hospitality and portfolios compiled by students in Early Childhood Education. All the projects looked professional. Advanced Nutrition and Wellness also prepared the chili that was served. Many people complemented the chili.
Industrial Technology students make a variety of projects. The projects on display included a wooden chest, chess tables, and a roll top desk. Student had also made pottery wheel that was on display. This pottery wheel will be used in the Art department. Charles Hancock stated that the show was “well put together and ran smoothly.”
Band and Choral featured their jazz band lead by Austin Haming. The set list included Red Clay, In the Mood, Autumn Leaves, Why Am I Treated So Bad?, Some Skunk Funk, Sh-boom and Superstition. Haming “enjoyed the combination of each of the different disciplines bringing something unique to the table. It was something different and special to see all of the student work that was put into it.”
Art students had a wide variety of projects on display. Jessica Pemberton, a first-year art teacher, has made a big impact on the art department at WRV. Here is what she had to say about the show and the art program:
“The students have been working extra hard this year to put together an amazing show! I am so proud of the hard work each student has put in this year. The show allowed us to also work hand in hand with the other related art departments. I cannot wait to see what next year will bring. This year the students have experimented with ceramics, different painting styles such as impressionism, pop art, abstraction, realism etc. The students have also learned how to shade, break apart realism, see realistic color and created art in the 3D world.
Next year the Visual Art department will be expanding the program by adding dance choreography, graphic design and ceramic wheels made by Mr. Hancock’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing class. I have high hopes for the future Visual Art department and working with the other related arts departments.”
World Languages had the following on display: clothing and color labeling, location terms labeling, cultural facts for España, Cuba, y México, art projects -- primarily <<La luna y El sol>> and test writing samples from all three years. Oliver also had cookies out for people to sample called Marranitas (little pigs) and they are basically a gingerbread pig that is traditional in México.
The Related Art Show was Jessica Pemberton’s idea and, as her mentor and friend, I was determined and excited to work with her to make it happen. The evening was awesome. It is so fun to celebrate student accomplishments and spend time with parents and patrons.
Shawnee Easterwood, WRV freshman art club member, stated “Being part of the first WRV Related Arts Show in over a decade was an adventure. The show was an overall success and everybody involved worked so hard. I got to help set up, sell tickets, manage money and display artwork for the show. The turnout was amazing and I can’t wait to be a part of next years show.” Charles Hancock thought the student work was impressive and wanted to encourage more parents and patrons to come check out the show next year.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner