This is the fourth year we’ve partnered with Mound Westonka High School to solicit artwork from students that’ll potentially be chosen for our festival. The winner has their art featured on our t-shirts, marketing materials, and on our social media and website. We do an announcement during the festival on Saturday afternoon and they win a cash prize.
This year’s winning artwork was done by Julia Elling. She’ll be graduating from MWHS this year and will be going to the U of M to pursue a degree in nursing in the fall. In the past we’ve used photography, and both acrylic and oil paintings for the artwork; hers is particularly interesting. It’s a black and white piece of a sailboat that is all made with tiny triangles as part of the STEAM program at MWHS.
Many are familiar with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); STEAM is in its second year at MWHS and incorporates Art into the program.Julia incorporated physics into her art project using vectors and measurements in the finished result. It’s a detailed piece that took a lot of time. Julia has always enjoyed art and also likes to paint.
Her art teacher, Laura Hensley, co-created STEAM Integrated Physics with her colleague Sarah Morinville. It’s a great opportunity to give students unique opportunities like learning in a co-taught class with fully integrated subjects that don’t traditionally get blended within a high school course.