Eleven Bishop’s students displayed their work at the recent Youth Art Month (YAM) 2020 San Diego exhibition at the Athenaeum Art Center.
Visual arts department chair Elizabeth Wepsic explains, “The California Arts Education Association San Diego is part of the art education association of California, the Pacific Region, and the National Art Education Association. We serve to support visual art education in San Diego County by engaging art educators along with their communities in a wide variety of resources and exhibitions.”
Bishop’s students included in the YAM 2020 SD were Nicole Ellsworth '21, First Place 2D Art Grades 9-12; Audrey Faber ’25, Second Place 2D Art Grades 6-8; Annie Fang ’22; Cynthia Huang ’26; Elizabeth Jin ’24; Kylie Larson ’24; Sierra Lever ’25; Eric Pan ’21; Anna Poon ’21, Third Place Digital Art Grades 9-12; Belen Suros ’22; and Stephan Talantov ’25.
Ms. Wepsic encourages creativity among Bishop’s visual art students. Elizabeth Jin says, “Ms. Wepsic provided the freedom to create; her philosophy that everyone can draw resonated deeply with me and her supportive ways were a major reason why I picked up drawing again last year after stopping for a year or two.”
Anna Poon adds, “Ms. Wepsic has been so supportive throughout my time at Bishop's. She's encouraged me to try new, creative approaches to my art.” Anna is looking forward to “using different materials, such as oil paints or watercolors. This year, I've created a lot of digital art, so I would like to branch out and try new media.”
Elizabeth “would like to try adding more backgrounds to increase depth, creating a better sense of mood, making clearer silhouettes of figures through contrast and less tangents, as well as trying new ways of rendering.”
Sometimes the creative process has a specific spark. Elizabeth’s piece “was inspired by the prompt-word ‘cracked’ for a 31-day drawing challenge called ‘Inktober.’ This challenge is why this piece is in ink even though my main medium is digital art.” For Anna however, the process offered an opportunity to experiment with colors and lighting in a digital drawing program.
Exhibiting one’s art work is a very public display of what is a deeply personal process. It can be scary and exhilarating at the same time. Anna reports, “It was exciting to see my work in such a diverse exhibition; the show featured many different kinds of artwork, and students from across the county were represented.”
The closing reception on Feb. 8 featured music performed by freshman Ayden Chang. Ms. Wepsic notes, “The performing arts go hand in hand with visual expression.” She also expressed her gratitude to the parent and student volunteers for hosting the refreshments and creating a “welcoming atmosphere.”
She concludes, “In 1961, the National Art Education Association created Youth Art Month to emphasize the value of participating in art for all children. There are exhibitions in all states, in regions, and counties. From San Diego, each of the first-place art pieces will be brought to Riverside for their YAM exhibition and then judged again for the state show in Sacramento. From that point, there is a national exhibition held in Washington, D.C.”
In an effort to model the professional art world, the YAM 2020 SD exhibition was juried by two prominent art educators from the San Diego Museum of Art, Johanna Benson and Nicole Amaya both represent an influential perspective in the qualitative judgment of visual art in our community.”