Student artists continue to shine

Lauralton Hall’s Visual Art Department had much to be proud of during the 2011-2012 academic year. Among other achievements, Lauralton students made strong showings in competitive art contests and a local medical office created a revolving exhibition space in its lobby for Lauralton artists.

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) selected two brilliantly-colored graphic designs for display at NAIS headquarters in Washington, DC, by artists Natalie Ambrosey, ’14 and Rashauna Banks, ’14.  

In addition, Laura Shafer, ’15 won Honorable Mention in a poster contest sponsored by "Donate Life Connecticut.” The contest, run by a foundation dedicated to raising awareness about organ and tissue donation, provides an unusual cross-curriculum opportunity between health and art education. Lauralton’s participation in the contest also showcases the value the school places on using skill and talent in the service of helping others.

Two more Lauralton students won recognition for traffic safety posters: Caitlyn Bennett, ’13 and Catherine Priolet, ’13 created witty and colorful images to encourage the use of seat belts and to discourage driving under the influence of drugs.

At the local level, Dr. Matthew Paterna invited Lauralton’s art department to select student work for an ongoing display at the Shoreline Family Chiropractic office located in West Haven’s Baybrook Plaza. “I was so pleased that [Lauralton art teacher] Ms. Doherty introduced me to the scope and creativity of her students’ portfolios. I decided that I needed to bring the talent I’ve seen at the school out into the community for more people to enjoy,” commented Dr. Paterna. “I think visitors are cheered to see the work of these young artists.”



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