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MHS Art Department News

Congratulations to Monarch High School’s 2018 Colorado Scholastic Art Awards winners.  The Scholastic Art and Writing awards are the longest running and most prestigious recognition program for middle and high school students in our nation. In Colorado, approximately 2,200 students submitted 6,000 pieces of art. Works are reviewed and judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Students who receive Gold Keys, Silver Keys and honorable mentions are recognized and celebrated with an exhibition at the History Colorado Center and with an awards ceremony in the Spring. The Art Department is very proud of our students.

Dr. Claudia LaStella’s student, Grace Hattendorf, was awarded a Gold key for her digital piece, “North Star.”

Mrs. Makely’s student, Adrian Coohill, was awarded an Honorable Mention for his clay piece, “Bamboo Vase” and her student Emma Gentry was awarded a silver key for her Comic Art, “Possible Side Effects Include…”

Ms. Quigg’s student, Clara Butler, was awarded a silver key for her acrylic impasto painting, “Summer Adventures” and her student, Samantha Kalis, was awarded an honorable mention for her painting “Future Home.”

This show is spectacular to see and well worth a visit to Denver! Congratulations to these five students whose works were selected by the judges to represent Monarch High School!


The Art Department would also like to invite staff and students to the annual Valentine Card Workshop. The cost for non-Art Club members is $5 for all the cards you can make. Workshop will take place Wednesday, February 14 from 3:15 to 4:15. Hope to see you participate and make unique creative Valentine’s for your loved ones!

The Art Department would also like to encourage students to enter the Youth Spring Art Show sponsored by the Louisville Art Association.  No entry fee is required and students are allowed one work. The Opening Reception is March 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with artist demonstrations, door prizes for participants, music and refreshments.  The show is at the Louisville Public Library. Show dates are March 1st through 31st. Entry form and work are due February 24. This show is open to student artists ages 4 – 18 years.

In addition, we would also like to encourage students to enter the GOOGLE art contest. The grand prize is a $30,000 College Scholarship and $50,000 in technology for the winning school.  If interested, please see the Art Department for details.

Dr. Claudia LaStella,
Nationally Certified Board Teacher