Skilled MSA Students Continue to Shine Brightly
By CC Trifoso
Ever since its opening in 2003, Marin School of the Arts has captured the hearts of students, teachers, and parents through its persistence to encourage the spread of art. With its vast array of art-based classes to choose from, students can enrich their learning in the category that fits them best. This year, the art has been especially inspirational. With the recent success of the annual MSA Showcase, I thought I’d share a piece from Drawing and Painting, Creative Writing, Product Design, and Digital Art to provide a taste of what the students have produced this year.
Drawing and Painting: An Artist’s Threshold, by Sofie Levin
“An Artist’s Threshold” is a perfect example of Levin’s art style and love for painting. Inspired by an assignment for the Rhode Island School of Design, Levin created a piece around the word “threshold” that effectively shows how she is able to “step into other dimensions” with art.
“The piece shows my progress as an artist as it is difficult for me to create environment pieces. … this really helped me step out of my comfort zone as an artist,” said Levin, when discussing the piece.
The painting also holds a lot of personal meaning for Levin, as do most creations artists think up. She talked about how the piece represented an escape from reality that incorporates her inner thoughts and desires.
“The more the paint spreads on the ground, the less constricted I feel by my heavy thoughts and feelings,” Levin said.
Just looking at the finished product, you can feel the emotion and hard work that went in to creating such a majestic piece. As a senior, this artwork clearly depicts the time and effort Levin has put into her time in MSA’s Drawing and Painting program. Still uncertain if art is the right path for her, it is guaranteed that Levin (a wonderful artist and beautiful person) will go far, no matter what journey life takes her on.
Creative Writing: The Reaper’s Whispers, by Ozzy Osborne
Osborne has been in Creative Writing all three years of her high school career and has never been a shy writer. Her work is unique and personable and has continued to be remarkable and a constant delight to read in class. This piece was created as a reflection from the pressures that she’s felt from growing up, but was initially inspired by the inequality and discrimination women and LGBT people have to face from society.
“The point of writing this poem was more of a realization of who I believe I am, rather than what everyone thinks of me,” Osborne said. “It’s a story of how I’ve grown from being criticized by my peers and feeling sorry for myself to realizing I am my own person and only I have the power to become the better version of myself.”
Reading the piece, Osborne gets the point across effectively. Her writing is rich and allows the reader to visualize every line. Her work is an exceptional example of what Creative Writing is all about.
Product Design: Colored Pencil Resin Bowl by Samantha Rapp
As a sophomore, Rapp is already showing excellent talent as a woodworker and designer. Having only made simple bowls and cups in the past, making something so unique and aesthetically pleasing is a big step for Rapp, as it makes her feel very proud of what she’s created.
“I created this piece because I wanted to try something new, and I’ve only ever worked with regular wood before. By having to incorporate colored pencils, epoxy resin, and different materials, I really challenged myself to make something unique,” Rapp stated about her work.
Rapp’s inspiration for her work came from viewing an Instagram video of someone building a wooden cup with a colored pencil waterfall. Seeing materials that she’s never used before, Rapp chose to challenge herself and step outside her comfort zone. A very clean and finished project, Rapp exhibits strong potential to create amazing designs in the future.
Digital Art/Photography: Dirty Laundry by Clara Speckhart
Most times, the assignments that you think the least about become magnificent works of art. Speckhart proves that with this photo. She was assigned to take a photo of something that would make the audience uncomfortable, and she didn’t think the outcome of having her sister sit in the washing machine would work out so well.
Speckhart reflected on her art.
“I enjoy the photo myself, but I didn’t really think other people would like it. Sometimes, I really like a photo of mine and other people aren’t that crazy about it, and other times I take a horrible photo and people love it. I guess the photo just serves as a lesson for me to just pursue my best ideas when it comes to photography,” she said.
Howard Gersh, the MSA photography and digital art teacher, commented on the piece, saying, “I think it’s my favorite photo of the school year, so far.”
Her skills and dedication are apparent through the time she took to find the perfect canvas for the photo. A talented photographer and committed student, taking photos simply of what she thinks looks good and of what would fit in her ideas, Speckhart will definitely continue to create outstanding pieces of art with her photography.