2016 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! High School Art Competition

Please extend a huge congratulations to seniors Marisol Tolan and Adriana Lane whose photographs were selected as finalists in the 2016 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition.

Marisol is a finalist in two categories:  her image Mystic placed in the Color Photography category and another image, Detente, placed in the Portrait category.  Adriana's image, Aged Piano, placed as a finalist in the Black & White Photography category.

One winner from each category will be awarded a $100 scholarship and the Best of Show, chosen from among all the category finalists, will receive a $300 scholarship!

Their photographs (shown below) will be displayed at the Native Son's and Daughter's Kansas Day Banquet on January 29, 2016.  

Again, congratulations Marisol and Adriana!!


(Update: 12/14/2015):  A fantastic article, about this competition, appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal this weekend!  Please click over to the online article -----> here!!

Marisol Tolan, senior          Mystic (Color Photography category finalist)

Marisol Tolan, senior          Detente (Portrait category finalist)

Adriana Lane, senior          Aged Piano (Black & White Photography category finalist)


New Work: Digital Photography 1

Thanksgiving!  I can hardly believe it is almost Thanksgiving break!!  How time flies when your students are as amazing as our Topeka West students!

Here we are with yet another fantastic gallery of images from our talented Digital Photography 1 students.  If you also have these students in class, let me them know that you viewed their images on the Photosynthesis blog.  I bet you that they would really appreciate the kudos!!


 Stacey Olson, sophomore

 Calista Esquer, sophomore

 Maleigha Maag, sophomore

 Ariana Austin, sophomore

 Genson Simecka, sophomore

 Angel Manderino, sophomore

 Alexus Robertson, sophomore

 Lake Johnson, sophomore

 Adam Bourne, junior

 Maria Flores, sophomore

 Haley Smith, sophomore

 Hunter Kado, sophomore

 Krislyn Collins, sophomore

 Olivia Killam, sophomore

 Ray Quigley, junior

 Kianna Stringfield, sophomore

 Mackenzie Clawson, sophomore

 Hannah Bronaugh, junior

 Yulissa Ceja, sophomore

 Alexus Martin, sophomore

 Ashley Hunninghake, sophomore

 Varinia Galvez-Ontiveros, sophomore

 Jordan Freed, sophomore

 Bailee Hanshaw, sophomore

Trentin Peterson, sophomore


New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Advanced Photography

After three straight posts of Digital Photography 1 images I think it's time to show off what the Digital Photography 2 and Advanced Photography students have been working on.  This, I believe, is a very strong gallery of work....I hope you enjoy it as you have enjoyed the others!!

 Rylan Prieb, senior          Advanced Photography, Yesteryear concentration

 Mitch Edmonds, junior          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project

 Grace Cole, junior          Digital Photography 2, Self Portrait project

 Christian Brown, junior          Digital Photography 2, HDR project

 Adriana Lane, senior          Advanced Photography, Macro photography concentration

 Emma Bell, junior          Digital Photography 2, Nature project

 Vanessa Hogg, junior          Digital Photography 2, HDR project

 Cameron Gaudreau, junior          Digital Photography 2, Letters & Numbers project

 Alexis Brookhouser, junior          Advanced Photography, Portrait concentration

 Jasmine Lang, junior          Advanced Photography, Old Things concentration

 Emily Jacobson, senior          Digital Photography 2, HDR project

 Sierra White, junior          Advanced Photography, Rural concentration

Joshua Freerksen, junior          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project


New Work: Digital Photography 1

Wow!  The Digital Photography 1 students are churning our work faster than I can post it!!  Quicker than I ever expected, the beginning students are ready to show off 25 new images created over the past few weeks.

Please, as always, enjoy this incredible gallery of photographs by our amazing students!

(Tip: Click on the pictures to enlarge.  Or, if your browser allows, view the images in a slideshow.)

 Sydney Watkins, junior

 Elda Flores, junior

 Destiny Leone, sophomore

 Alyssa Burlison, sophomore

 Coban Gonzales, junior

 Brandon Craig, senior

 Jeffrey Snook, sophomore

 Joshua Villanueva, sophomore

 Ariana Austin, sophomore

 Calista Esquer, sophomore

 Yulissa Ceja, sophomore

 Cassidy Kraus, sophomore

 O'Sheana Oates, junior

 Devon Hanna, senior

 Sydnee Parson, sophomore

 Viktoria Schupp, junior

 Brydget Miller, sophomore

 Ashley Brown, sophomore

 Kaylyne Duryea, sophomore

 Mackenzie Clawson, sophomore

 Maleigha Maag, sophomore

 Alexus Martin, sophomore

 Natasha Leibold, sophomore

 Kyle Sommers, senior

Tori Rickerson, sophomore