Girl Talk, Mixed media by Razan Elbaba, Grade 12, Age 17,

Girl Talk, Mixed Media by Razan Elbaba, Grade 12, Age 17, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA

As we continue our series on the 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, we turn the focus onto two students who use their art and writing to explore the people in their daily lives. Razan Elbaba’s art attempts to transform the way many people view women in hijabs while Allison Jiang uses poetry to describe the beauty she sees around her and in others. Their works allow us to see the world, and humanity, through new eyes. Read More

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Identity Thief Coat, Fashion by Fiona Jungmann, Grade 12, Age 18, Andover High School, Andover, MA

We continue our profile of the 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with a look at two students who are making names for themselves with innovative fabric manipulation techniques and inspired prose. Meet Adam Gowan and Fiona Jungmann:

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Untitled, Painting by Leonardo Bacan, Grade 12, Age 19, New World School of the Arts, Doral, FL

Untitled, Painting by Leonardo Bacan, Grade 12, Age 19, New World School of the Arts, Doral, FL

A Gold Medal Portfolio Award is the highest honor students can receive in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each year, jurors choose portfolios from sixteen high school seniors whose works best represent the Scholastic Awards judging criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice. Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be profiling two of the 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients. First up are Shayla Grace Cabalan and Leonardo Bacan.

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Drained, Drawing & Illustration by Aylen Mercado

Drained, Drawing & Illustration by Aylen Mercado

One of the recurring themes we saw in the entries to the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards was the struggle minorities face in the United States. From stories of police brutality to the plight of migrant workers, the students tackled these difficult subjects in their art and writing. Portfolio Gold Medalists  Trace DePass and Aylen Mercado used the people around them, the neighborhoods they live in, and the harsh reality for many minorities in the United States as the inspiration for their portfolios. Their words and images shed light on aspects of American life that are often kept out of the news and sometimes thought of as problems that many believe don’t affect them directly. Trace and Aylen decided to confront these issues head-on, making powerful statements through their work.  Read More

Feel the Burn by Max Johnson via Alliance for Young Artists & Writers on Vimeo.

Comedy is a difficult medium. What’s funny to one person can be a bore to another. This week’s Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, Max Johnson and Ron Anahaw, took a chance with using humor in their art and writing, and it really paid off. What’s really impressive about Max’s work is his distinctive animation style–as soon as you see the title card, you know it’s from Max. Ron infuses his writing with a lightheartedness that makes his characters feel like someone you already know, or want to know. Both of these students know a good joke when they hear it, and are experts at using humor to enhance their work. Read More

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Black and White Condention 2, Tanner Rhines

For week two in our series profiling the 2015 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, we’re taking a look at Monique Taylor and Tanner Rhines. Monique and Tanner use their art and writing to understand the way people, our cities, and our societies fit together and come apart. Their works compact expansive feelings, human histories, and settings into packages that make you delve deeper into fascinating spaces and thoughts you normally would have overlooked.

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