Med High art students receive regional and area gold medals at VASE Regional Competition

Med High art students receive regional and area gold medals at VASE Regional Competition
Posted on 03/04/2016
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Art students from Med High competed at the regional Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) competition on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Nikki Rowe High School. 

Four students received regional gold medals for their art pieces:  Elizabeth Bauer, a freshman from Weslaco; Valerie Cavazos, a sophomore from Mercedes; Alejandro Garcia, a sophomore from Weslaco; and Maria Rodriguez, a junior from Brownsville.

Aside from earning a regional gold medal, Maria Rodriguez also earned an area gold medal, which qualifies her to compete at the State VASE competition in San Antonio, April 22-23.  Rodriguez will participate in professional workshops, lectures, demonstrations and outdoor sketching opportunities while the artworks are being judged. 

Rodriguez’ artwork, titled “La Quensueña” which translates as the girl who dreams, is painted with acrylics on an 18”x24” canvas.  Her art piece is a replica of a photo she took of her kid sister, who she describes as being a dreamer of big things.

The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) hosts the competition each year to showcase top artwork in grades 9-12.  All artwork must have resources and references attached to the back - items such as photographs, rough drafts, sketches and/or production notes. 

Students are then interviewed by a certified judge who evaluates their work based on criteria issued by TAEA and their understanding of the art process involved in the development of their artwork. 

Bauer’s design was named “The Farm.”  Bauer went with a counter-change design using geometrical and organic shapes, which demonstrated living things.  Cavazos’ design titled “Vale” was a mixed media piece.  She used Prismacolor colored pencils, acrylic paints and thread.  Alejandro Garcia’s design was titled “White Cheddar Cheese.”  His piece was inspired by the infamous question, “Why do people say the moon is made of cheese?”  He painted an astronaut looking at the moon (cheese) using acrylics, spray paints and Prismacolor colored pencils. 

The mission of the TAEA Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts by providing art students and programs a standard of excellence in which to achieve.