High school competition is no longer limited to the sports field, with the Continental League High School Art Exhibit on display in Castle Rock. The …
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High school competition is no longer limited to the sports
field, with the Continental League High School Art Exhibit on
display in Castle Rock.
The Continental League comprises many of Douglas County’s high
schools and includes Littleton, Gateway, Heritage and Regis. The
schools in the league have long faced off on the sports arena and
extend the competition to the fields of arts and music, said
Jacqueline Shuler, chair of the Rock Canyon High School art
department. Shuler’s students were among those who entered the 2010
art exhibit, on display through April 29 at the Outlets of Castle
The entries range from the three-dimensional in the form of
sculptures and jewelry, to two-dimensional paintings and drawings,
mixed media and graphic design. The project showcases the work of
students who put in plenty of extra hours to visit and revisit
“It’s really exciting and really good for their self-esteem and
confidence that they have mastered these skills,” Shuler said.
The participating schools submit 16 entries per school for the
exhibit, which on April 19 – opening day – was judged by
professional artists. The Best of Show honors went to Stephanie
Biller from Regis. Her entry was a mixed media image of two girls
on corrugated cardboard.
Each school selected a featured student for the exhibit, and at
Rock Canyon that student was senior Kaitlin Zindel. Zindel has been
studying art for three years and intends to add it to her list of
classes when she begins her freshman year at the University of
Zindel specializes in photography and sketching. She selected a
scratchboard rendition of a wolf for her exhibit entry.
A scratchboard drawing begins with a piece of paper covered in
black paint. The artist uses a tiny utility knife to etch a drawing
out of the layer of paint. Zindel selected a photo of a wolf – one
of her favorite animals – and worked on her piece more than an hour
every day for about a month.
She nearly gave up at the beginning stages, when the face of the
wolf didn’t look right, and she was certain she ruined the piece.
She was prepared to throw away her first effort and begin again
when a friend persuaded her to keep trying.
The time-consuming task taught her a lesson in patience and
“It was quite difficult,” Zindel said. “I thought I had
completely scratched away everything and messed it up. I just
branched out through the rest of the picture and kept doing odds
and ends on all sides of it and it turned out fantastic.”
Zindel was “ecstatic” when she received word her work would be
Rock Canyon’s featured entry.
Shuler calls the Continental League High School Art Exhibit a
celebration of teenage creativity and concentration. The exhibit
has more than 200 paintings, drawings, photographs and art pieces
on display during mall hours.
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