For these three K12-powered students, art is more than a passion project. And thanks to online learning, they have been able to pursue their talents on a national stage. George Washington University Online High School students and recent grads Vivienne Wood, Arianna Patel, and Catrine Paguio were each selected to have their artwork published in George Washington University’s official arts magazine, Wooden Teeth. High school students were invited to submit their work for a chance to appear alongside college students and professional artists in the semiannual publication.
For Vivienne, it was a leap of faith to enter the competition, but the rising 9th grader – and at just 12 years old – likes to challenge herself. She taught herself all she knows when it comes to art, using YouTube tutorials to help her master new concepts.
Art is not Vivienne’s only passion. She has been riding horses for six years and competing since she was nine years old. When she is not in school or working on her art, Vivienne says “most of my free time is spent at the barn,” adding that attending online school has given her “flexibility and freedom with my education and my passions.”
Arianna agrees. The rising senior says the one-on-one attention she received at GWUOHS is what she loved most about the school. “GWUOHS constantly provides its students with opportunities that let them showcase their talents,” said Arianna. “Being published in Wooden Teeth has provided a renewed inspiration and motivation for me to keep creating.”
Arianna’s love for art started with simple doodling on the edge of her math books and sometimes just sitting and observing the light and shadows of her surroundings. She started taking formal art classes at the age of 8, thanks to flexible schedule online learning provided.
Catrine – a 2020 grad – lives in the Philippines and uses art to fulfill a desire to make a meaningful impact. She uses art as a platform to raise awareness around mental illness, environmental protection, and social injustice. “As an artist, I aim to address a diverse array of issues through my artwork to inspire positive change in society,” she shared.
Catrine has never taken formal art lessons, but her self-instructed learning and practice has taken her a long way. She participated in her first art exhibition when she was 13 and has participated in five more exhibitions in the Philippines and Hong Kong since then. She has even served as a curator for two exhibitions herself. Catrine plans to attend Parsons School of Design where she will pursue her passion through a major in Fine Arts.
This is only the beginning of a bright future for these students – the world is truly their canvas! Check out their work in the latest edition of Wooden Teeth.
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