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WHS students showcase artistic works

WORTHINGTON -- Students at Worthington High School are offered a variety of art classes throughout the school year. Classes such as ceramics, stained glass, graphic design and painting help expose students to the arts. Those excelling in such cla...

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Brittany Workman/Daily Globe WHS students pose with their artwork which will be featured in the Area Student Art Show in the Nobles County Art Center.

WORTHINGTON -- Students at Worthington High School are offered a variety of art classes throughout the school year.

Classes such as ceramics, stained glass, graphic design and painting help expose students to the arts. Those excelling in such classes will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the annual Area Student Art Show, which is currently on display at the Nobles County Arts Center

"We feel so honored to be a part of such a strong art program," said Gail Holinka, WHS art instructor. "Our administration and community is very supportive of the arts, and this art show is such a great way to celebrate all of the hard work the students have put into their pieces."

The exhibit will feature work from students in the ninth- through 12th-grades at WHS, as well as work from Worthington Middle School students and students in surrounding school districts. Holinka has enjoyed seeing the progression of both the students' confidence and critical thinking skills -- skills she believes students will utilize long after they leave WHS.

"I always tell the students that any job they choose will require them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers," she explained "Art classes give students the ability to think of complex ideas in a variety of ways. They are presented with a new challenge with their artwork everyday. They learn to work through those challenges and that is a beautiful process to watch."

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"I think the kids are empowered through the arts," added WHS art instructor, Tessa Dierks. "We have state-of-the- art equipment here, and I always remind students of the great opportunity they have and how they should really take advantage of it."

Brooke Luing, a senior at WHS, has taken just about every art class the school offers. She will feature several ceramic pieces and photographs at this year's exhibit. Although she hasn't decided what major she will pursue in college, she knows the arts will be part of her collegiate experience. She credits much of her interest from the support she has received from the WHS art department.

"It's good for the community to see how great of an art department WHS has," said Luing. "All of these classes are really getting us (students) ready to pursue any type of career in the arts after high school."

Cynthia Avila, a junior at WHS, chose to feature a piece that delves into the issue of eating disorders. Her collage, entitled "Thinspiration," will be among the various works on display.

"It was actually an assignment for my graphics class," said Avila of her work. "I wanted my collage to have meaning. Many girls my age have this idea of what being thin is, and I hope this collage shows the struggles they face."

The Area Student Art Show will be on display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 25 at Nobles County Art center, located in the basement of the Nobles County Library. An artist reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Nobles County Art Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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