“WOW!” Mispillion Art League’s Annual Student Show runs from April 11-21. Every spring, Mispillion Art League holds an exhibit to showcase the talents of students from grades 1-12 from the Milford Public School system, homeschoolers, private schools and students from other districts who come to the Mispillion Art League (MAL) for lessons in the visual arts.
Every year, this show is definitely a “Wow!” But this show has also opened a very exciting door for a unique collaboration between MAL and the Milford High School. Under the guidance of one of the teacher, Karine Richards, students from Milford High School’s Communication Technology program designed posters for this year’s student show. There were many wonderful posters to consider. The selected design was created by Taylor Allender. Her puzzle piece design is a playful and eye-catching way to entice people to come inside and see the show.
While art education in some school systems is imperiled, the Milford School District embraces the value of the arts, within its curriculum and beyond. Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Jason Peel, says “Milford School District is committed to ensuring that our students are ready to enter the workforce and become positive members of our community. This includes fostering an appreciation and understanding of our non-profit organizations and the arts uniquely help promote and define Milford. The more the school district can collaborate with arts organizations, the more opportunities there will be for our students to show their talents and the more community spirit we can foster in our youth.”
That forward thinking not only enhances the educational experience of our children, in this case, it is a very useful gift for the local art scene. MAL is looking forward to having the students design program covers and posters in the future. Principal Shawn Snyder is very supportive of this extension of the learning environment and sees MHS students taking their learning to other community organizations as well.
While most of the students are not considering an art career, student Christopher Brown sees the value of what he is learning in Comm. Tech, “It is helping me become more computer literate which is an obvious need in today’s time.” Sheili Gamboa Martinez plans to apply what she’s learning to her volunteer work. Completing posters and brochures for MAL adds an element of reality in that students will have to operate under conditions similar to an actual working environment.
What is the secret to creating an enticing design? Already showing a mind for advertising, Taylor Allender feels that “choosing a good image that will make people want to look at the poster and want to go see other art work . . . if the poster has a good image of an artist’s work they will want to see more than just a poster.”
Hannah Willey emphasizes the text in a poster design “the most important feature is color to make the words stand out and grab people’s attention.” Creating an attractive design also requires an artistic flare says Keyla Hernandez-Martinez “. . . colors are at the tip of our fingertips to let the brushes guide you and the colors brighten up your eyes.”
It is one of the art league’s goals to encourage the production of art and support art education. Working with the Communications Tech program is a good way to do both, and it has MAL looking forward to the future.
Please stop in and see the talented artwork of our young people and the poster at “WOW!”; Mispillion Art League’s Annual Student Show, from April 11- April 22 at the Mispillion Art League Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.