by: contributed photo Bethany Drake’s mixed media self-portrait.

Sandy High School art teacher Dan Shanklin is always sad to reach the end of the school year, especially since he often works with his students all four years, witnessing their growth from freshman to senior year.

The Sandy High School art show and jazz concert was held May 23, culminating for art students a successful year of competitions. Sandy High artists participated in The Northwest Oregon District Art Show, Mt. Hood Community College Regional High School Art Exhibit and Portland Metro Arts Competition.

'I'm very proud of our artists,' said Shanklin. We've done a really great job.'

Shanklin often forgoes his lunch and prep period, opting to allow students to take art as an independent study. After coaching wrestling, he focused his competitive energy on art competitions, beginning in the 2009-10 school year.

'We did really well,' Shanklin said of that first year. 'Sixty percent of our students got recognized. Usually 20 percent of other schools get recognized.'

Striding into the art room with a plate of doughnuts, which were hard-earned by the class for its best entry in the school's door decorating contest, Mackensie Sempert, a senior, joined Bethany Drake, a junior, to talk about their art. The two have helped Sandy sweep awards this school year.

Sempert admires Vincent van Gogh, though her style is realistic. She focuses on portraits and illustration as well as recreating images.

Next year, Sempert will attend Linfield College, where she plans to study English and art.

'My dream job would be a combination of fine artist, novelist and playwright,' Sempert said.

Sempert's awards this school year include a National Scholastic Silver Key Award for her senior portfolio and a watercolor painting, first place in representational painting and first place in black and white drawing at Northwest Oregon Conference District Art Show (NOCDAS), and runner up for technical skill at Mt. Hood Community College's Regional High School Art Exhibit.

Drake began doodling her freshman year thinking it would be fun and relaxing. She has since honed her talent with acrylic paintings and mixed media.

Though she plans to pursue engineering, Drake said she would like to keep art as a hobby.

Her awards this year include first place in drawing at the NOCDAS and runner-up for composition and use of elements at the MHCC art exhibit.

Shanklin commended the two artists for their work ethic, positive attitudes and willingness to accept suggestions.

Northwest Oregon

Conference District Art Show results by category:

• Best of Show (judges' pick): Christa Jeschke.

• Best of Show (student pick): Caitlin Barron.

• Representational Painting: Kensie Sempert, first; Natasha Barauskas, second; Caitlin Barron, third.

• Non-Representational Painting: Collin Bates, second.

• Mixed Media: Natasha Barauskas, first.

• Drawing (black and white): Kensie Sempert, first.

• Drawing (color): Bethany Drake, first; Megan Nanna, second.

• Cartooning: Pearl Saunders, second.

• Digital Photo: Kelli Kitchens, first.

• Pottery: Colleen McCloskey, third.

Mt. Hood Community College Regional High School Art Exhibit results:

• Judges Award-Best in Show: Runner-up, Christa Jeschke.

• Technical Skill: First, Jenah Hansen; runner-up, Caitlin Barron (tie) and Mackensie Sempert.

• Composition/Use of Elements: Runner-up, Bethany Drake.

• Personal Voice: First, Christa Jeschke; runner-up, Collin Bates.

• Photography: First, Kelli Kitchens.

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