Best showing ever by DeKalb students--from the Star--Auburn--Five DeKalb High School students were named National Medalists in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this month.
Earning honors are sophomores Karlee Miller, Logan Babcock and Tiffany Goller, junior Caren Hernandez and senior Shalyn Bowman.
Their winning work comes in a variety of mediums: photography, drawing and sculpture. DeKalb High School art teacher Amy Buchs said having five national winners makes it the most successful year in school's history. In 2013, four students earned National Medals.
Bowman is a repeat National Scholastic Award winner, and has won several regional Scholastic Awards. In 2013, she earned a National award for an intricate carved and woven gourd.
This year, bowman earned a silver medal for her photograph, "Despair," which features a painted hand holding an apple. Buchs said Bowman preserved her brushstrokes in order to fool the viewer that her piece is a painting.
In 2013, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art exhibited Bowman's 4-by-5-foot stretched canvas painting of "Nature Up Close."
Bowman said she is inspired by her mother, Jennifer Bowman.
"She taught me how to follow the contour of an object to be able to draw precisely." Bowman said. "recently, I have developed my painting skills, and I am able to capture realistically a subject by blending highlights and showing depth."
Bowman said her style is "earthy" and that her goals is to become an art teacher.
Miller received a silver medal for her sculpture, "Bandaged Beauty." Inspired by Alexander Calder's kinetic wire sculptures, Miller studied contour lines of the face in her sculpture class.
During class, students drew their peers' faces using blink contour methods to place emphasis on the gesture of the lines. Students then created a sculpture around the empty space.
Kellly Kruse, Miller's sculpture teacher, chose to send in the design for judging because of the expressive qualities of her designed lines and the quality craftsmanship of the piece.
Hernandez earned silver medal for her drawing, "Finals Count Down." Hernandez drew a foreshortened view of herself wit an open book in the foreground.
"Hernandez studies contours and value changes very closely and is able to achieve careful subtle changes that result in realistic qualities that very few can achieve," Buchs said.
Babcock received a gold medal for his photographic composition, "Domestic Documentation," which alludes to the security breaches of the National Security Administration. Babcock' strong interest in politics and social issues motivated him to create his artwork. Buchs said Babcock's piece demonstrates his deep thought on the subject matter.
Goller earned silver medal for her photograph. "Time Needs Not Explain Itself." The photograph captures the subtle textures found on a peach.
Buchs said photography teacher Sarah Zimmerman is proud of the creativity and research Babcock and Goller pour into their work.