School sculptors prepare to ace VASE


Abbey Repka

LAUGHING WITH FRIENDS: Senior German Julbe hangs out in the art garage, laughing and joking with friends. According to Julbe, he has created many memories from the class over the past couple years. “Just being with and hanging out with my friends in class is probably my favorite memory,” Julbe said.

Abbey Repka, Photo Essay Editor

Students in all visual art classes make dazzling work to compete in state wide competition at the end of February

Starting with just a chunk of clay, sculptors are able to mold it into a beautiful piece of artwork with minimal effort. Students in all art classes are creating original pieces of work for the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition at the end of February

Senior German Julbe is one of many sculpture and art kids to be going to VASE.

“For VASE, I’m entering a little demon frog and a giant face,” Julbe said. “Well, I was thinking, for the first giant face I ever made I said: This could probably be good enough to enter into VASE.”

Being in an art class allows students to be creatively independent with their projects and to produce the art they want to make.

“It’s just a fun environment in the classroom,” senior Julie Lacey said. “And since I’m in an AP art class, I get the freedom to work on what I want.”

Students take art and sculpture classes for various reasons including to grow their skills or just for fun.

“Really, it’s just because I wanted to improve,” Lacey said. “Especially with a sculpture class you get an opportunity to work with materials you don’t typically work with like a kiln, clay, and plaster and a bunch of other stuff you don’t usually have access to.”

VASE allows students to show and talk about art and their works to other art students from different schools across the state.

“We let any student that wants to compete, go to VASE,” sculpture teacher Ryan Logan said. “It’s like football for Art students.”

VASE is a part of the Texas UIL events so students can only enter through their art classes.

“It is great for students that want to go to college for art and good to have on your college applications,” Logan said. “It is a UIL event so students have to be passing all their classes to attend.”

According to senior Mason Lane, students always walk away each day with a fun memory of the class.

“Throwing clay on the walls was probably one of my favorite memories in this class,” Lane said.

As well as teaching sculpture, Logan coaches boys soccer for all grade levels.

“Seeing students progress and finding interest in the arts that continues past the class room [is probably my favorite thing about teaching some of the art and soccer classes],” Logan said.