Calvert High School art students and their teacher are trying to focus on expressing themselves through their artwork.
The fruits of their efforts are to be on display starting this weekend at Tiffin University.
Fifteen art students are to exhibit about 35 pieces of work in "Creative Insight," a show to open this weekend at TU's Diane Kidd Gallery. It is the gallery's first exhibition of 2011, according to a release from TU.
Instructor Marla Shultz said the group primarily is made up of juniors and seniors, and a few sophomores. There is no set number for how many works they each exhibit. Some are exhibiting one work, while some are exhibiting three.
"They're all different," she said.
The works include acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings; charcoal, colored pencil and ink drawings; prints; photographs; sculpture; and mixed media.
Shultz said the students have been working on the pieces all school year, and some have put in more than 30 hours on their pieces.
"For the most part, at least 30 hours," she said.
Shultz said one of the strengths of the show is students' oil paintings.
She said one piece is unique, and the student made it outside of class. The student initially didn't plan to put the piece in the show, but it brought tears to Shultz's eyes when she saw it.
"She made a sculpture with all of the bottles and the other items that she had to use while being treated for cancer. ... It's really powerful," she said.
Sophomore Austin Schultz said he probably will have four pieces of art in the show, including two oil paintings, an acrylic painting and a printmaking piece.
"Cups" and "The Two Little Monkeys" are his oil paintings. "Cups" is a still life that shows sunlight reflecting on stacked cups, and "The Two Little Monkeys" is a painting of Schultz's two young cousins jumping on a bed.
"Buried," his acrylic painting, was made from a photograph of Schultz in a pile of sand in Marblehead. He estimated he was 6 years old when the photograph was taken.
"I looked happy," he said.
"The Lonely Bunnies" was made through printmaking. Schultz said it is a series of prints featuring a crying rabbit wearing a tuxedo and a rose bud with only one petal remaining.
Printmaking was a new experience for Schultz, and he said a lot of students had some failures and some successes.
"This is the first time (doing printmaking)," he said.