Student Art Show returns to the Nobles County Art Gallery

Open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4.

Nobles County Library
Nobles County War Memorial Building.

WORTHINGTON — Art teaches our students so much more than just how to make art. Art is a universal language.

The art teachers in District 518 see daily how visual communication can bridge the language gap. Many students that fill our art rooms are newcomers to our district and some to school in general. Sharing their journey of coming here is often done through the art they create.

The Worthington High School Art Department is growing fast, due to increasing enrollment. The K-12 Art team, district wide, has seven art teachers working with students at all buildings, to bring art into their lives. It has been wonderful to see the growth of our programs and our students.

Historically, WHS had two full-time equivalent art teachers. A third was added in 2020. Two new hires, Kelly Henkels and Heather Knigge, were both former students and graduates of WHS. What joy it brings to work alongside the students I once taught.

During the challenges of COVID, the mental health and well-being of our students has suffered and has had some lasting effects on our students. Art has been more important than ever. It gives students the chance to explore their thoughts and share their feelings in their work.


Art is healing and therapeutic, and we have a safe and inviting space to create in. Students enjoy the time spent in our art rooms and classes.

Students attending WHS have a wide variety of art courses to choose from, to help prepare them for the world of work. Courses include Art 1, Art 2, Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Stained Glass, Crafts, and Advanced Studio Arts. Each of these categories is different and allows students to explore a wide range of art media and techniques.

Students are busy creating but, in that process, so much more is happening within. Critical thinking, problem solving, understanding different cultures and artistic expression are a few of the life-long skills learned in the art room.

Students who are passionate about pursuing a degree in the field of digital arts have an opportunity to take Graphic Design and Digital Photography. Both courses are offered at the advanced levels. Many of our students have gone on to become successful artists in the respected field of graphic design. It is very rewarding to see our former students excelling in jobs while doing what they love.

Art teachers at WHS and the Learning Center are busy preparing for the upcoming Student Art Show. To help celebrate “Youth Art Month”, this event is held annually, beginning the first Friday in March. The exhibit will showcase the works of area students from WHS and the Learning Center. Student work reflects a wide range of media and techniques, and some will be available for purchase.

After a virtual art show last year that can be viewed here, teachers are excited to be hanging the show in the Nobles County Art Center for public viewing. An open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4, in the basement of the Nobles County Library.

The 2021 show was held virtually, so do not miss this opportunity to see a wonderful array of art. The exhibit is open to the public; refreshments will be served.

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