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01/17/2017 - 1:20pm
21st Annual Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 21st Annual Teen Art Show! The 11th and 12th graders were judged by Johnny Johnson, a local artist with an international reputation for excellence, and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.

 

 

04/03/2017 - 11:16am
22nd Annual Teen Art Show

For 22 years and counting, CRRL has provided a forum for area teen artists in grades 9-12 to be recognized for their talent during a monthlong display at Headquarters Library. 

2017 Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 22nd Annual Teen Art Show! The 11th and 12th graders were judged by local artist Linda Warshaw and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.

Best In Show, “Father and Daughter” by Anna Tippett

 


 


Best In Show

"Father and Daughter" by Anna Tippett
Grade 12, Massaponax High School
Media: Oil

 

 

 

 


Grades 9-10, Judged by 11-12 Art Students


1st Place, 9-10 Grade, “Wishing for Waffles” by Melanie Hauf



 

1st Place

"Wishing for Waffles" by Melanie Hauf
Grade 10, Fredericksburg Christian High School
Media: Watercolor pencil and acrylic

 





 



2nd Place, Grades 9-10, “Tattoos” by Serena McGowan

 

 


 

2nd Place


"Tattoos" by Serena McGowan
Grade 10, Massaponax High School
Media: Colored and graphite pencil

 

 

 

 


 


3rd Place, Grades 9-10, “Night Sky “ by Meghan Sheppard

 






3rd Place

"Night Sky" by Meghan Sheppard
Grade 10, Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic

 

 

 



 


 



Honorable Mention, Grades 9-10, “The Girl Under The Dream” by Guadalupe Murillo-Lopez

 

 




Honorable Mention

"The Girl Under The Dream" by Guadalupe Murillo-Lopez
Grade 9, Washington and Lee High School
Media: Scratchboard

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

"Koi Pond" by Meghan Sheppard, Grade 10, Stafford High School






Honorable Mention 

"Koi Pond" by Meghan Sheppard
Grade 10, Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic






 

 


Grades 11-12, Judged by Linda Warshaw

"American Beauty" by Halley Conrad Grade 11, North Stafford High School





1st Place 

"American Beauty" by Halley Conrad
Grade 11, North Stafford High School
Media: Mixed media

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2nd Place, Grades 11-12, “Arabian Dressage” by Calista Rieken







2nd Place

"Arabian Dressage" by Calista Rieken
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Scratchboard

 

 

 


 

 


3rd Place, Grades 11-12, “Hammer Time” by Danielle Bardon

 

 

 


3rd Place

"Hammer Time" by Danielle Bardon
Grade 12, Chancellor High School
Media: India ink and charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Fox and the Skull” by Krysti Muccia






 

Honorable Mention

"The Fox and the Skull" by Krysti Muccia
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Watercolor and ink

 

 

 

 

 


Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Epitome of an African gem” by Ananda Hale

 

 

 



Honorable Mention

"The Epitome of an African gem" by Ananda Hale
Grade 12, Massaponax High School
Media: Mixed media

 

 

 

 


 

 


Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Bird Nouveau” by Sarah B. Whitley

 

 

 

Honorable Mention

"Bird Nouveau" by Sarah B. Whitley
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Watercolor

 

 


 


 

 


 

Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Grace” by Reina Hammer



 




Honorable Mention

"Grace" by Reina Hammer
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Mixed media

 

 

 

 

 


Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Beauty of Forever” by Infiniti Smith

 

 



Honorable Mention

"The Beauty of Forever" by Infiniti Smith
Grade 11, Washington and Lee High School
Media: Graphite




 

 


Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Warning Label “ by Halley Conrad





 

Honorable Mention

"Warning Label" by Halley Conrad
Grade 11, North Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic

 

 

 



 


About the Show

-A sampling of entries will on display at the Headquarters Library from March 4 - March 29, 2017.

-Works are grouped into two judging categories: Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12.

-Artwork will be judged prior to the opening. Local artist Linda Warshaw will judge the Grades 11-12 category, and participants in grades 11-12 will judge Grades 9-10. The student judges develop critical evaluation skills by judging the work of younger participants.

-Artists in each category compete for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention.

-The two artists who receive first place in their categories will be given their own show in the Atrium the following December.

-For more information, please call Youth Services at 540-372-1144.

-View Show Rules

10/31/2016 - 9:01am
Write On! October 20 Is the National Day on Writing

In recent years, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20th to be the National Day on Writing. The National Writing Day Project is sponsored by NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English. Check out their site for the National Gallery of Writing where you can submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, audio, video, and artwork. The gallery will open to the world on October 20 so now is the time to get going. The site features an online tutorial to aid you when making your submissions.

10/14/2015 - 9:34am
Craft Your Own Handmade Holiday Gifts

Every year the holidays start sooner and sooner with advertising bombarding us about all the great deals and discount gifts, but you don’t have to plan a big shopping trip to spoil your loved ones. Handmade gifts can be more fun, exciting, and thoughtful to give than the newest gadgets and gizmos.

06/10/2016 - 1:42pm
A goblet across the pages of Romeo and Juliet

When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language, but many of the jokes, the history, and the language went over my head.

Over the years, I have found several things helpful in reading Shakespeare’s plays. With these aids, I am able to enjoy Shakespeare so much more than before as well as understand the plays at a deeper level.

08/27/2015 - 10:45am

All it takes is a piece of paper and a pencil to make a great drawing. Even if you don't think you have any talent, step-by-step guides will have you sketching in no time.

Drawing Cartoons and Drawing Step-by-Step

Amaze your friends by drawing pictures of cartoon characters. Easy Draw Tutorials has step-by-step video instructions for Looney Tunes and other characters. Step-by-step instruction books from the library can give you the confidence to create cars and kittens, dinosaurs and spaceships. The youngest artists may enjoy Ed Emberley's very simple books which turn basic shapes into cool cartoons.

07/23/2015 - 12:35pm
Snip Snap! What's That? by Mara Bergman and Illustrated by Nick Maland

In Snip Snap! What's That?, an alligator crawls out of the city sewers and into an apartment building. The three children inside Room Thirteen hear it creep up the stairs. The book takes a moment to ask the reader, "Were the children scared?"

01/17/2017 - 1:21pm

Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Annual Teen Art Show! See the winners below, and visit Flickr to see additional Honorable Mention winners. The 11th and 12th graders were judged by Johnny Johnson, a local artist with an international reputation for excellence, and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.

11th & 12th Grade Winners:

Best in Show: Forbidden Princess by Tiara S.
Mr. Johnson was impressed by the subject’s striking expression and the artist’s accomplished use of color.

Best in Show: Forbidden Princess by Tiara Simone

01/17/2017 - 1:22pm
Winners of the 19th Annual Teen Art Show

The 19th Annual Teen Art Show is ourlargest show ever!

A total of 136 pieces of art were submitted (42 in grades 9-10,95 in grades 11-12,) and atotal of 94 artists participated (29 in grades 9-10,65 in grades 11-12).

The show continues in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through March 25.

And the winners are ...

View this slideshow for all winning works. You can also view all winning works on Flickr.

02/14/2017 - 10:54am
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