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Outstanding Talent Highlighted at Annual West Orange High School Art Show

Special needs student artwork at WOHS Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Graduating seniors Siena Stanislaus and Genesis Guedes (middle panel) present their artwork.
Graduating senior Marcus Williams with his Egyptian tomb sculpture. Williams will study graphic art and design at Kean University and hopes to design automobiles. 

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Art Wing at West Orange High School was transformed into its own version of a museum as students displayed their creative talents in June.

Each year, work is selected from all art classes (grades 9-12 and beginner to advanced) and displayed for one night in the WOHS art wing. The art display is a reflection of the artistic talent of the high school students and the exhibit featured both 2-D and 3-D artwork.

“My 2-D classes included drawings using pastel, charcoal, ink, graphite, marker, colored pencil, and mixed media,” said art teacher Heather Young. “They also included acrylic and watercolor paintings. My Art 3, Art 4 and AP Art classes showed their best work. Nine of the AP Art students had an entire panel to themselves: Anastasia Adams, Victoria Chi, Darius Dyson, Genesis Guedes, Yacob Laine, Harper McVey, Kayla Moss, Natali Navarro and Siena Stanislaus.” 

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AP Art students build portfolios to present when applying to colleges as Art majors. West Orange students from elementary through high school are regular winners in art contests, a testament to the school district’s commitment to the arts.

This year, the exhibit featured the unveiling of a permanent art installation in the art wing titled “Metamorphosis and the Process of Becoming. From the Universal to the Personal and Back.” The installation piece was created by the students of 3-D Design 4, under the direction of Nicole Krulik, and 3-D Design 5, under the direction of Jamie Podhurst.

“The 3-D 4 students constructed large scale figures representing all peoples and their interconnectedness to each other and the earth, and the 3-D 5 students created the history sculptures, each displaying a personal journey either through symbolism or through story telling,” said Krulik. “Together they take the viewer on a path, as it says in the title, from the universal to the personal and back.”

The installation was made possible by a grant from the WOHS-PTA.

The Art Department is always in need of supplies for student work and projects. Most-used supplies include acrylic paints, canvas boards and stretched, paint brushes, matte medium, gesso, workable fixative, graphite pencils, blending stumps and tortillions, kneaded erasers, micron pens, prismacolor pencils, sharpeners, and bristol board.

Contact art teacher Heather Young at or Nicole Krulik at to donate materials. Magazines, fabrics, and swatches are also among the needed supplies.

To see the artwork displayed by the students, visit WOHS Art Show, June 1, 2016.

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