Senn Visual Arts Showcase inspires community

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Madison Burman (junior) models before her outstanding sculpture. (Photo: Sumi Thomas)

By Sumi Thomas (Junior)

The Senn Arts Visual Department opened their first showcase of the year on November 20th in front of the auditorium to share with the Senn community what they have accomplished in the first few months of school.

Emily Pineda proudly stands before her work (photo: Sumi Thomas)
Emily Pineda (junior) proudly stands before her work (photo: Sumi Thomas)

Harry Warnaar, a junior in the Senn Arts Visual Program, felt that art is a “demonstration of what makes human interesting.”

“Art is similar in the way that technology is important to us, because it’s kind of how we advance as people,” Harry said. “It’s just a part of society that we can’t really let go.”

“I’ve been drawing ever since I was three, and this program has pushed me more than anybody else has ever pushed me, and I’ve just been inspired to pursue art even more,” said Madison Burman, another junior whose work was on display at the showcase.

Students have been working with multiple mediums of art through the school year. Pieces from the showcase include digital and traditional drawings, sculptures, paintings, and photographs.

“We start from square one and work our way up, really,” Fermin Espino, a senior in the program, said.

The students also feel that art helps them when it comes to their core education.

Jessica Goldstein (senior) created a well-executed athlete wearing Jordans. (Photo: Sumi Thomas)
Jessica Goldstein (senior) created a well-executed athlete wearing Jordans. (Photo: Sumi Thomas)

“Art helps manage problem solving and control time management, which are beneficial skills for any subject,” Espino said.

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Sky Bernard (junior) smiles in front of her large painting. (Photo: Sumi Thomas)

Though Senn is known for being one of the most diverse schools in CPS, the Senn Arts program is still relatively new, as this is the first year that the program has seen freshman through senior classes.

“Senn has always had a really diverse student population, and the arts program has only added to that diversity,” Joel Ewing, lead Theatre teacher for Senn Arts said. “It’s expanded the community.”

As more and more students apply per year to the Arts programs from elementary school, many students have important advice to the incoming freshman.

“Don’t slack off, and always push yourself and strive harder to improve your passions,” Fermin Espino said.

“Stay focused and respect everybody. Be who you think is who you want to be, rather than try to meet everyone’s expectations,” Madison Burman said.

Fermin Espino poses with his photographs. (Photo: Sumi Thomas)
Fermin Espino poses with his photographs. (Photo: Sumi Thomas)

The next Senn Arts Visual Program showcase will open on January 9th and run until February 27th, with its reception taking place on February 12th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.


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