Almost Human by Kainalu Kamai

University Laboratory School (ULS) students received multiple awards at the 51st Annual Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition in January 2015. Part of the National Scholastic Art Exhibition, the regional awards program is the longest-running, largest, and most prestigious student recognition program in the United States.

One hundred and seven ULS 7th–12th graders participated in the highly competitive statewide competition. With representation across disciplines, 24 of their pieces were selected. This year, selection was conducted entirely online, adding a digital component to the submission requirements.

Malosi by Pierce Salavea

“This entry format requires art teachers to also be tech savvy in order to be competitive,” said Douglas Doi, ULS visual arts teacher. “We are very fortunate that both the quantity and quality of our work continues to be outstanding.” Visual Arts are a required part of the curriculum at ULS and are taught by educators who are also practicing artists.

There were 11 Gold Key awards selected to represent Hawaiʻi in the national competition and 13 Silver Key awards selected for the local exhibit. The variety of forms and media the students used includes sculpture, printmaking, drawing, fiberarts, and ceramics. Their work will be on exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum from February 21 through April 10, 2015.

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