"The mission of Barnsdall Public Schools is to prepare all students to achieve success after graduation"
The Barnsdall Advanced Placement Studio Art (Drawing) class has received word from the Oklahoima State Department of Education that they have been awarded a $3,500 grant for their program.
"This is something I have worked on for three years," said Mr. Patrick, instructor. "We applied the first time a couple of years back and were turned down. Last year I applied again and we were turned down. I guess I finally got all the 't's crossed and 'i's dotted This is a great oppotunity for this class as it will supply us with quality materials that will be utilized by our students to help them succeed in their work.
The AP program is in its third year at Barnsdall High School. Students must by self-motivated, artistic and have a strong understanding of the elements and principles of art. These students are nominated to the program by the Instructor based on their work and work habits they exhibit in previous art classes. "This type of program is basically an honor program in the field of art. These students have the opportunity to obtain a college art credit for their work if they pass a very rigorous exam which is based on their artwork. This is why this grant is so important, for it will give these students the materials they need to be able to compete with others across the nation," said Patrick.
For the past four weeks the Barnsdall Art Department, Art I class, has been working hard on a Christmas community project. "It started when Mr. Claud Rosendale approached me about helping paint a sleigh and reindeer for the Chamber of Commerce. I thought this would be a great community project for my Art I class," said James Patrick, BHS Art Instructor. "I really didn't realize just how big it was until they delivered it and we had to bring it through the double doors of the art building," said Patrick.
With hard work the project was completed by the small group of individuals. "The class only has nine students this year and they all worked extremely hard on the project," said Patrick. "They all received some excellent experience with working on very large objects and what it takes to complete a project of this magnitude. I am very proud of all of them."
Students who took part in the project were Anthony Chanacki, Morgan Collins, Michaela Gordon, Shannon Grim, Bailey Mayfield, Jason McCabe, Korey McGowen, Cameron Turley, Kayla Vinson, and Jessica Yeager with guidance from Mr. Patrick.
Art I Students begin working on the reindeer.
and sleigh, with the finished project.
Barnsdall's AP Studio Art class and World Literature class toured the world famous Philbrook Art Museum on October 18 taking in the many different cultures the museum has to offer. Students found the artwork that included works from the early Renaissance, Native American, African, Chinese, and the many other different cultures to be very interesting.
Students also made note of the Italian architecture utilized within the building itself and were totally amazed that the building was actually a home to Waite and Genevieve Phillips, part of the millionaire Phillips family.
One of the highlights was the tour of the garden area surrounding the museum as waterfalls cascaded down into quiet pools swimming with koi.
Barnsdall students received much praise from the museum curators and from the restaurant personnel for their kindness and respectability the showed. "Our students were great. Everyone should be proud of the example they provided as being courteous and respectable to everyone around them," said Mr. Patrick. "I was really proud of how they acted and the enthusiasm they showed throughout the entire day."
Katie Crabtree, Madison Gaines, and Erin Hanly all participated in this past weekend art show at the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as the swept the 10th grade division.
Katie Crabtree was the big winner taking both first and third places along with Madison Gaines taking second place.
"I am so proud of all three girls. It takes a lot to put your work before the public because you never know how it will be received. Obviously their work was well received," said Mr. Patrick.