NSUBA displaying artworks of Broken Arrow High School students

Broken Arrow High School art work hanging on the wallThe Broken Arrow High School art program will debut an exhibit at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow on Nov. 9. The exhibit is located in the Visitors Center Gallery in Building A, and can be viewed 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow is providing a showcase for community schools and art programs to have their works displayed to the public. The community can view the works and talent of the Broken Arrow High School art programs beginning Nov. 9, to run through the end of the month.

Hanging in grandeur, the fall collection is in the Visitors Center Gallery in Building A.

NSUBA debuts the exhibit Nov. 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Exhibit hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Art instructors Jennifer Deal and Cindy Gharibvand provide instruction to their gifted protégés in the Advanced Placement and 2D Design art classes at BAHS.

Deal and Gharibvand say the creative lessons learned in the classroom motivate their students to create a vision of beauty and meaning.

“It is a powerful environment to be a part of," said Deal. "I’ve always said that being an art teacher is the most remarkable job in the world. My students never cease to inspire me with the work they create."

Excelling art students can enroll in the Advanced Placement class, which requires exemplary skill and inner passion to complete Deal’s curriculum. This college preparatory course focuses on the creation of original and expressive art as well as skill and technique. AP students can create a portfolio of college-level work. At the end of the school year, qualifying portfolio scores enable students to earn college credit or advanced placement.

To help her nurture creativity in her students, Deal said she is always watching the world around her – reading books, exploring online, networking with other art teachers and pursuing continuing education.

“There is no one avenue I follow to develop my curriculum," she said. "I find that if I’m inspired and excited, my enthusiasm will rub off on my students."

Gharibvand’s 2D design studio art class challenges students to demonstrate an understanding of design principles. Creating self portraits, understanding still life, magazine collages and construction paper composition are a few concepts on display in the art gallery.

Gharibvand said she considers herself fortunate and privileged to be involved with students who hold high standards of artistic excellence.

“My heartfelt belief is that all my students have ability to not only excel in the artist culture today but in their everyday life itself," she said. "They are students who will greatly impact our communities for the better."

Published: 11/8/2010 7:52:56 AM

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