Art Program - Secondary
Art at RRCA aims to encourage the creative processes of visual artists. The strength of our curriculum lies in an intentional blend of teaching the art elements and the principles of design with a goal of fostering life-long skills of problem-solving translatable to many areas of life. Research supports the idea that artists who are able to navigate beyond the obstacles of resistance and hesitancy to successful execution continue on a path of lifelong artistic endeavors. An art teacher/mentor plays a vital role in equipping young artists with the skills that grow confidence in their craft. RRCA’s art program provides foundational technique in drawing, color theory and exposure to a variety of mediums as well as more advanced methods in painting, pastels, charcoal, and fiber arts. Our art club has a program called, ArtReach, which seeks out opportunities to share our talents and skills with those who may not have access to visual art activities. Art students at RRCA are given opportunities to participate in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), Scholastic Art Competitions, and Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Art District and State Competitions. Please see www.artatrrca.wordpress.com for more information.
ACSI Art Festival, April 2016
|The following secondary students were awarded ribbons and rosettes for the following:|
|Eunjin Lee 1||10||Excellent|
|Eunjin Lee 2||10||Superior|
|The following students won overall first or second place in their division:|
|Brooke Abramson First Place|
|Sarah Riley First Place|
|Julie Littlejohn First Place|
|Eunjin Lee First Place|
|Ian DeVries Second Place|
ACSI Art Competition - April 9, 2015
Charles Moody for black and white drawing
Ailani Zapatero for digital photography
Kristen Shires for mixed media
Abigail Kennedy for pottery
Eunjin Lee for black and white drawing
Kristen Shires for color drawing
Ryan Vollrath for photography
Emily Fenwick for painting
Mackenzie Shelton for digital photography
On Saturday February 21, RRCA students competed in the VASE art competion at Cedar Ridge High School with 1500+ other area public and private high school students from Georgetown, Hutto, Cedar Park, Leander, Lake Travis, Round Rock and Eanes school districts. Students received the following recognition:
Abigail Kennedy for "Wild Life"
Blake Taylor for "Ingrained"
Kaylee McMillian for "Out of the Waves"
Bekah Fadler for "The South"
Bekah Fadler for "The Awakening"
Eunjin Lee for "Masul"
Eunjin Lee for "Roses"
Abigail Kennedy for "Samantha"
Shelbi Severson for "From the Hand"
Hannah Waters for "Sheridan"
Hannah Waters for "Azaela"
Kristen Shires for "The Letter"
Chase Moody for "Of the Sea"
David Withey for "Pink Flowers"
Mackenzie Shelton for "Classic"
Mackenzie Shelton for "Classic Reflection"
Nate Wellauer for "Dust Dancers"
Ryan Vollrath for "Pug"
Ryan Vollrath for "Weathered"
Ailani Zapatero for "Father and Friend"
Out of the 1500+ students competing only 109 advance to the VASE state art meet in Dallas. Three RRCA students' pieces will advance: Eunjin Lee's "Roses", Ryan Vollrath's "Pug", and Shelbi Severson "From the Hand".
Congratulations Crusader Artists!
KC Shires competed in the Waco Heart of Texas Rodeo youth art competition in October, 2014 and won a first place ribbon in the inspirational category and a best in show ribbon in the landscape category. In addition, she placed third for her Locks of Brooklyn Bridge and an honorable mention for her acrylic painting. Congratulations KC!
National Art Honor Society
In November 2013, RRCA chartered its first National Art Honor Society with 14 members. A responsibility of being a member of this organization is serving our community. This school year this group of talented students are volunteering at Texas Baptist Children's Home on a monthly basis. They are helping a group of single moms by babysitting their children while they are at work or allowing them a chance to run errands without having to take their children. It has been a very fun and fulfilling experience for the students, as they are able to put smiles on many faces.
Texas Youth Western Art Show
Abigail Kennedy’s color photography “Ashley” received the grand champion custom belt buckle and 1st place ribbon in the Texas Western Youth Art Competition hosted by Rodeo Austin and her work sold for $2500 at auction (the highest amount in her category).
Rebecca Wolff’s acrylic painting “Texas On Fire” received a 19th place ribbon in the Texas Western Youth Art Competition hosted by Rodeo Austin. Her work sold for third highest amount in the traditional category of $1900.
Saturday, February 22 - VASE Art Competition
|Superior Rating||Excellent Rating|
|Paulina Castorena's Painting||Shelbi Severson's Painting|
|Paulina Castorena's Photography||Kendall Sheppard's Photography|
|Abigail Kennedy's Photography||Rebecca Wolff's Photography|
|Kendall Sheppard's Photography||Rebecca Wolff's Painting|
|Mackenzie Shelton's Photography||Mackenzie Shelton's Photography|
|Ailani Zapatero's Drawing|
Ailani Zapatero's Drawing will advance tothe VASE State event on April 3 - 4 in Bryan, Texas.
Thursday, February 20 - TAPPS Art Competition
RRCA Art Students competed at the TAPPS District 3A-3 Art Competition. They came in 2nd overall. Congratulations to the following students:
|Name||Place / Art Type|
|Ailani Zapatero||1st* - Drawing Father and Friend|
|Paulina Castorena||4th* - Drawing Pet Tiger|
|Shelbi Severson||1st* - Hand / Oil Pastel Drawing|
|Charles Moody||2nd* - Stoic / Prismacolor Pencils Drawing|
|Paulina Castorena||4th* - Barcelona / Oil Pastel Drawing|
|Emily Fenwick||5th - Southern Self / Prismacolor Pencils Drawing|
|Hannah Fadler||2nd* - Jog-A-Thon T-Shirt Design / Graphic Design|
|Abigail Kennedy||3rd* - Captivating / Graphic Design|
|Caleb Cook||5th - Ski Breckenridge / Graphic Design|
|Paulina Castorena||6th - Jog-A-Thon T-Shirt Design / Graphic Design|
|Ailani Zapatero||1st* - Donkeys / Computer Rendered Art|
|Rebecca Wolff||4th* - Parents in Love / Computer Rendered Art|
|Rebecca Wolff||6th - Flamingo / Computer Rendered Art|
|Abigail Kennedy||1st* - Wind Whispers / Applied Design|
|Shelbi Severson||2nd* - Happily Married / Oil Painting|
|Heather Manning||Honorable Mention - Over the Wing / Watercolor Painting|
|Abigail Kennedy||6th - Volleyball Practice / 2D Mixed Media|
|Abigail Kennedy||4th* - Medley / Printmaking|
|Rebecca Wolff||2nd* - Woven / Digital Creative & Experimental Photography|
|Abigail Kennedy||4th* - Splashed / Creative & Experimental Photography|
|Ryan Vollrath||1st* - Pug / Black & White Photography|
|Paulina Castorena||3rd* - Journeys / Black & White Photography|
|Rebecca Wolff||5th - Violinist / Black & White Photography|
|Rebecca Wolff||2nd* - Girl and A Goat / Color Photography|
|Nate Wellauer||4th* - Leaves on the Water / Color Photography|
|Abigail Kennedy||6th - Winding / Color Photography|
|Mackenzie Shelton||1st* - Mazie's Dress / Fashion|
|Sophia Ivy||3rd* - Pretty In Pink / Fashion|
|Heather Manning||5th - Heather's Hat / Fashion|
|Rebecca Wolff||2nd* - Cup of Soup / Pottery|
|Paulina Castorena||3rd* - Senior Portfolio|
|Rebecca Wolff||6th - Senior Portfolio|
|Emily Fenwick||3rd* - Onsite Drawing|
|Heather Manning||6th - Onsite Drawing|
|Rebecca Wolff||Honorable Mention - Onsite Drawing|
|Christian Orred||1st* - Art History|
*A 1st through 4th place qualifies student work to advance to the State Competition on April 7 - 8.
The following students received awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Awards competing against students from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas where only 10% of entries receive awards. Dating back to 1923 The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the longest –running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Noteworthy past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Robert Redford and many more. Gold Key recipients’ work will go on to be judged at the National Level in NYC. Congratulate the following students:
Abigail Kennedy received an Honorable Mention for her Photography
Paulina Castorena received an Honorable Mention for her Drawing
Victoria Redding received an Honorable Mention for her Drawing
Victoria Redding received a Silver Key for her Photography
Ailani Zapatero received a Silver Key for her Drawing
Shelbi Severson received a Gold Key for her Painting