Art, literary pieces to illustrate theme of homelessness
Through Beyond Perceptions, 11 students from advanced art classes are finding inspiration from a reality in their community.
Students from art teacher Careth Flash’s advanced classes have been creating art and literary pieces dealing with the theme of homelessness.
Flash’s AP Studio Art students had to create two pieces of art, one before they visited three homeless shelters, and one afterwards.
“After, we [visited the homeless shelter] another project to show how our perceptions changed when we saw what it was actually like,” senior Kristin Vandermolen said.
Vandermolen and the 10 other AP Studio Art students will have their art displayed in Krannert hall of the Indiana Interchurch Center on May 6 from 6:30- 9 p.m. at the Beyond Perceptions exhibit.
The AP Studio Art students had several months to work on their projects for the gallery.
“Beyond Perceptions is an exhibition sponsored by the Indianapolis Art Center. Our school was selected to be one of the three schools this year,” Flash said.
The program is also sponsored by Wheeler Mission Ministries and the Homeless Initiative Program.
According to the Indianapolis Art Center, Beyond Perceptions is “a show that explores stereotypes and perceptions of homelessness through the eyes and creative hands of teens.”
Junior Ivan Antonyshev learned more about society from the project.
“It was focused on homelessness so it gave students a chance to interact with homeless people,” Antonyshev said.
Antonyshev believes this experience will be beneficial to him as an artist, especially due to his piece being chosen for the graphic on the invitation to the May 6 gallery.
According to Antonyshev, the illustration was turned in to Flash as an assignment, and it was chosen by the Indianapolis Art Center for the front of the invitation.
“It will look good on my resume and in my portfolio,” Antonyshev said.
From LN, students involved in the program include juniors Guin Dunlap, Marie Richardson, Sarah Swank and Ivan Antonyshev and seniors Kevin Cole, Ariel Cox, India Cheffins-Johnson, Rachel Murphy, Aaron Sherman, and Kristin Vandermolen.
“Beyond Perceptions inspired me to look at things beyond what first comes to mind and see things for what they really are,” Vandermolen said.
For the program, the Indianapolis Art Center chose three local schools to participate. Antonyshev believes LN was one of the three chosen due to its advanced art program.
“LN has classes like the AP Studio Art class, while other schools just have general art classes,” Antonyshev said.
The two other schools participating this year are Bishop Chatard High School and Fountain Square Academy.