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Virtual Visual Arts Show and Class of 2024 and 2020 Showcase

Welcome to our Virtual Visual Arts Show & Senior Showcase! Building on our well established tradition of celebrating the visual arts each year at Seattle Academy, this show is the culmination of work done by students in grades 6 through 12. Representing Film, Photography and both 2D and 3D Visual Arts, our students not only bring their creative problem solving and risk taking, they bring their personal voices and a steadfast resilience. The work you will see spans the year and includes work done during our remote learning. We have pulled from all of the resources available to us to bring as much of the work as possible. In addition, we are highlighting work from both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2024 with our Senior Showcase and our Class of 2024 page

One of my senior art students wrote, “The biggest and most important skill I learned in my time at Seattle Academy was not a skill that was creative, but the courage that it takes to be creative.” For me this speaks of the trust this student had in their learning environment. To have that trust a student has to let themselves be vulnerable and explore skills, concepts, and a myriad of ways of doing that may not be familiar. Helping to build that trust and develop the skills to take that creative energy out into the world, is our amazing Visual Arts Faculty. I am in awe of the work they do each day to cultivate relationships with their students, create inspiring and meaningful curriculum, challenge the lenses through which they view the world, and deepen their personal voices.  

The ability to learn and unlearn and relearn (thank you Alvin Toffler) is the kind of fluidity the Class of 2020 is bringing with them as they transition from Seattle Academy. The ability to see new opportunities, produce original ideas, use their imagination to solve complex problems, and remain fluid, will help change the world. The courage to create art and use your voice, to share, document, and raise awareness, will help others on that journey.

Gratitude also goes to the many community members, families and artists who support this work and help these students shine. 

Please enjoy the amazing work of our students from the 2019-2020 school year!

Lily Hotchkiss

Visual Arts Department Chair/Teaching Artist

Comments & Celebrations can be sent to lhotchkiss@seattleacademy.org and will in turn be shared.

2019-2020 Visual Art Spring Show

Advanced Visual Arts Portfolios

This course is for seniors who have been very successful in previous art classes and are interested in the pursuit of knowledge and achievement in the area of visual arts. It is a challenging course to help students reach a higher level of individual expression and skill. The main goal of this class is to build a cohesive portfolio that spans mediums and themes. This year we explored art inspired by literature, drawing a live model, drawing the details of hands and feet, creating art on wood, art defined by light and many individually inspired projects in between. 

Students expanded their knowledge of art history and contemporary art trends in a critical and collaborative environment with their peers. Each week they turned in an artist inspiration with a link to the artist's website, examples of their work, and a short blurb about why that artist or piece is inspiring to them using the language of art and design principles. -Annalise Olson

Each student created an art portfolio from the past four years and an artist’s statement of their work. Normally we have each senior hang their work on their own “senior wall”. In lieu of that, here are their portfolios, presented to you online for your viewing pleasure.

Alex Jursek '20

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Alex Tanemura '20

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Calista Toy '20

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Cami Hebert '20

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Carolina Stedman '20

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Chris Sanchez '20

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Elle Misko '20

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Elli Hebert '20

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Ellis Andrews '20

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Isabella Fonseca '20

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Jacob Ratzliff '20

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Julia Greenly '20

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Kate Potvin '20

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Lucy Waggoner '20

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Nicole Arends '20

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Palmer McKay '20

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Sam Rawlins '20

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Scout Phillips '20

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Sophie Flynn '20

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Stella Horns '20

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Will Vipond '20

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Advanced Photography Portfolios

In Advanced Photography students work with photographic media to develop their own artistic style as they develop their photographic portfolio. This year’s Seattle Academy photography students have worked in a variety of genres including portraiture, still life, documentary, travel and conceptual photography. They have experimented with a wide variety of cameras and techniques including digital image capture, color and black and white film, scanning, medium format cameras, alternative processes and a combination of mixed media to create their artistic images. Students refined their critical thinking skills as they learned to read the photographic image and create photographs that explore their own personal visions. - Rebekah Rocha

Alex Tanemura '20

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Ariana Rastani '20

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Audrey Lamey '20

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Elena Zytnicki '20

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Harlowe Brumett-Dunn '20

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Helen Ruckelshaus '20

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Ingrid Odmark '20

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Kate MacArthur '20

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Kenzie Roberts '21

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Laila Pickett '20

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Roman Saladino '20

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Sam Moffitt '20

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Visual & Media Arts

While teaching classical filmmaking principles, concerns, and techniques, the Seattle Academy film program also exposes students to more experimental, art-based approaches to working with media, encouraging students to question the audio/visual "rules" and assumptions built into the media they consume every day.  Students are encouraged to consider breaking with convention in the way they construct their films, resulting in a wide variety of approaches to media content and media language. The films of this year's graduating seniors in Advanced Film are indicative of the varied approaches students across all grades and levels of film production take in working to get their individual visions across to audiences. -Cheryll Hidalgo

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