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A Paint Stroke of Genius

The gallery by the art wing

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Photographed by Sophie Lenkiewicz

The gallery by the art wing

Photographed by Sophie Lenkiewicz

Photographed by Sophie Lenkiewicz

The gallery by the art wing

Sophie Lenkiewicz

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The artistic talent of Central High never sleeps. Paint brushes are always moving, flowing through the canvas with elegant grace and vitality, and the school is filled with the constant buzz of new ideas and inspiration.

Every year, a flood of new students come, and with that comes new potential skills and thoughts. Every artist takes advantage of different styles, mediums, and elements of design. No two artists are alike. Art teacher, Kiersten Dykes, holds a special hope for this year’s up and coming artistic talent.

“Our Art 1 classes are really large this year, and I’ve already seen a lot of students that have some really good talent,” Dykes said.

However, new people aren’t the only thing the art program shows promise in this year, current artists also continue to impress people and push limits. These more developed artists have a more refined skill set and style. They are the shining trophies of the art classes, and they will surely be a sight to behold this year.

“I really have enjoyed teaching AP because students are coming up with their own ideas and their own projects and they’re able to kind of problem solve,” Dykes said.

The reason why art is so prominent in high schools around the country, and more particularly Salina, is because art serves as a form of expression for many. Artists wear their heart on their sleeve in their work, imprinting themselves on a canvas. Art can convey a statement, idea, and emotion. Sophomore Missy Baker, an artist of 7 years, uses her art as a way to reveal a piece of herself to the world.

“I’m trying to follow the path, but society says ‘oh you need this’ and ‘how much money for this job’ I don’t give a crap, I’m doing whatever makes me happy,” Baker said.

Central’s art program continues to stay alive and strong with the beating hearts of students with a brush in hand, continuing to exceed all expectations.

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