The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department

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ARHS sophomore and her drawing will travel to Washington DC

Please share in our congratulations to sophomore Deven Bullard, who won Best of Show at this year’s Congressional Art Awards Competition! Her ballpoint pen drawing, “Seeing Through the Virus,” will hang in the US Capitol Building for one year, representing the Second MA Congressional District. In addition to the award, Deven received plane tickets to the ceremony in Washington later this year.

Congratulations should also be extended to sophomore Ellie Ouano, for “Untitled (unmasked)”, which won Second Place in the Photography category.

Each year, members of the House of Representatives hold a student art contest, selecting one piece to hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the Capitol for a year. In addition to the work selected, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards are given in Painting, Drawing, Photography, Computer Art, and Collage/Mixed Media. The competition is open to the entire 2nd Congressional District. You can learn more about the competition here, and see some of the 2021 selections from MA here

Thank you to all the students who entered work in the competition! Works will be on display during our Spring Art show, May 16-27.

Deven Bullard Seeing through the Virus

Sarah Hoskins Waterfall 

Olivia Kardos Raw Beauty 

Jasmine Little Acceptance 

Ryan DiVitto Outlook 

Ryan Daloisio Julia at 12 

Jane Robillard Viking Me 

Meredith Wu True Emotions 

Karma Bebawy Self-Portrait 

Axel Soderquist Trying an Idea 

Katy O’Connell Dodgeball Destiny 

KatyO’Connell Sidewalk Chalk 

Katy O’Connell Frisbee From a Distance

CJ Bourbeau Morning Frisbee 

Ellie Ouano Untitled (unmasked) 

Celine Goncalves Confidence 

Linda Hu By Your Side 

Katherine Lanoue Coffee

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Seeing double, and then some

Since school has been closed, students in Photo I, Photo II, and Digital Art have been choosing from menus of creative projects, trying new techniques and technologies that can be easily accessed from home. Using mirror and kaleidoscope photo apps, they’ve turned everyday objects into playgrounds of pattern, shape and color, many delighting “that was SO FUN!” Our art classrooms may be closed, but #theystillcreate.

NAHS members Rachel Sampaio and Leah Grinblatas designed a shirt to honor the retirement of Mr. George Hancin, after 24 years. The order is open to any and all, through June 20! We still need a few more orders to meet our minimum, so please join us in celebrating this legendary teacher. Click below, pay online, and CustomInk sends the shirt directly to you. Hooray for art, and hooray for Hancin!


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Paint night

To celebrate Arts Week, our National Art Honor Society held a paint Night on March 7. Our students guided nearly 40 painters in creating a beautiful sunset landscape, working on easels, tables, and computer desks. Positive energy filled the room, fueled by a relaxing playlist, positive painting affirmations, and cookies, all provided by our NAHS members. Attendees included artists of all levels, parents and grandparents, young children, high school students, and teachers, giving our art students a chance to mentor their their mentors, guiding them outside their comfort zone, to the place where our young artists feel most at home. Participants were ecstatic to share their paintings, and the fun they had creating them!