1/30/2017

Another congratulatory post!

Please extend a huge congratulations to Topeka West senior Chance Parker!!

Chance took it upon himself to enter the Happy Birthday Kansas! Student Photo Contest sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society.  A total of 437 images were entered overall and Chance won 1st place in the 12th grade division with the image shown below.

Way to go Chance!  Keep up the fantastic work!!




Chance Parker, senior          Beautiful Kansas Bison, 1st Place (12th Grade Division)










1/12/2017

2017 Scholastics Art & Writing Awards

More fantastic news!  The selection process for the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been completed and, once again, several Topeka West photography students were invited to have their images shown at MARK Arts (formerly the Wichita Center for the Arts) from January 27 - March 5, 2017.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a national art and writing competition with regional shows held in each state. If a student has their work selected they are awarded one of three awards: Honorable Mention, Silver Key Award, or Gold Key Award. After the regional show has concluded the Gold Key Award pieces are automatically selected to be juried for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards that are held in Washington, D.C. over the summer.

Last year one of Topeka West's photography students was awarded a Gold Key at the national level!!

Please join me in congratulating these students on their amazing accomplishment! This is a very selective competition showcasing the best of art from high schools in the state of Kansas. All of our students should be very proud!!





Vanessa Hogg, senior          Garçon Aux Yeux Bleus, Gold Key Award




Tanner Skrdlant, junior          Forks in the Night, Gold Key Award




Christian Brown, senior          Louise of Albuquerque, Silver Key Award




Grace Cole, senior          Ange en Bleu, Silver Key Award




Christian Brown, senior          Chinese New Year, Honorable Mention




Grace Cole, senior          Joy, Honorable Mention




Mikaela Hanson, senior          Stairs, Honorable Mention




Octavion Johnson, senior          Mimi, Honorable Mention




Madison Meseke, senior          Purple Challenger, Honorable Mention




Madison Meseke, senior          Turnpike Traffic, Honorable Mention




Civana Patterson, senior          CORONA, Honorable Mention




Civana Patterson, senior          s'andE, Honorable Mention




Breanna Rose, senior          Christmas, Honorable Mention





1/09/2017

UPDATE: 2017 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! High School Art Competition

The final judging has been completed in the Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition.  If you recall from a previous post, Topeka West seniors Jasmine Lang and Christian Brown had their images selected as finalists in the competition.

Just the other day I received an email stating that Jasmine's photography, Big Wheels Keep On Turning, has been chosen as the winner in the Black and White Photography category!


Jasmine Lang, senior          Big Wheels Keep On Turning (Black/White Photography category winner)


And, immediately after reading that email another one arrived stating that Christian's photo, Chinese New Year, had won the Color Photography category!!


Christian Brown, senior          Chinese New Year (Color Photography category winner)


Jasmine and Christian will be recognized as the winners of their respective categories (and awarded a $100 scholarship!) at the Native Sons and Daughters Kansas Day Banquet the evening of January 27th at the Maner Conference Center.

Allow me to extend a huge thank you to Jasmine, Christian, and all of the other students who participated in this competition!!




1/06/2017

New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Media Technology

Though this isn't a very expansive gallery of work, I'm extremely proud of the images that were created by the Digital Photography 2 and Media Technology classes last semester!

The Media Technology students will continue to add to their portfolio of work this semester and I am extremely excited by the sheer number of students that are currently enrolled in Digital Photography 2 for the spring semester:  41 as of the first day of school!!

As always, myself and all the photography students thank you for your continued support of our program!  Have a fantastic start to the new semester!!





 Madison Meseke, senior          Media Technology, Low Light concentration



 Rosalyn Taylor, senior          Digital Photography 2, HDR project



 Brittany Lopez, senior          Digital Photography 2, Alt. Photo. Technique project (photogram)



 Nick Ketter, senior          Media Technology, HDR concentration



 Natasha Leibold, junior          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project



 Mikaela Hanson, senior          Media Technology, Abstract concentration



 Christian Brown, senior          Media Technology, People concentration



 Jonathan Juarez, senior          Digital Photography 2, Abstract project



Grace Cole, senior          Media Technology, Kansas concentration



1/03/2017

New Work: Digital Photography 1

The fall semester has come to an end and WOW what another fantastic finish with the Digital Photography 1 students!!  Between the three sections of Digital Photography 1 this semester almost 1200 images were printed.  Many of our students created some of their best images within just the past few weeks and, as always, it is extremely difficult to narrow it down to a selection of 30.

Please enjoy this last post of the semester and I hope you are continuing to look forward to the images created by the Spring semester students as they begin to create!

(And, as always, feel free to tell our students that you viewed their work on the blog and click on the images to view them in a larger slideshow.)



 Carlos Lucio, junior



 Karen Barrios Molina, senior



 Kaden Bolze, sophomore



 Kyler Silver, senior



 Taber Schrock, sophomore



 Madison Stratman, sophomore



 Justin Judy, senior



 Trevor Morrow, sophomore



 Caden Sell, sophomore



 Kayla Gonzalez, sophomore



 Eli Perez, sophomore



 Cole Bleakley, senior



 Andrea Pagan, junior



 Tulsa Ragnhall, senior



 Alyssa Rogers, junior



 Aubrey Wilson, sophomore



 Trevon Stewart, sophomore



 Maya O'Conner, sophomore



 Jasmine Miller, sophomore



 Jenna Gorton, sophomore



 Kiela Griffus, junior



 Blake Hartke, senior



 Elisia Frye, sophomore



 Riley Zook, sophomore



 Aaron Rak, senior



 Marzia Bonetti, junior



 Kevin Corona-Maciel, sophomore



 Garrett Miller, sophomore



 William Hale, sophomore



Ta'Nysha Mackey, sophomore