Get to know the art teachers

At HPSH we have an excellent art department. I was able to ask Ms. Shomion and Ms. Schultz some questions about art. Their responses were as follows:


Ms. Linn, Ms. Schultz, & Ms. Shomion

Ms. Shultz

1) What is art to you?   Art is a visual language. Art is a language that all people can use.

2) What do you like about art?   I like that art can mean so many things to so many people. I like that art can be “tight” or “loose”. Art can be very expressive and offer the artist a time to be still and think in different ways than they do at other times in their day.

3) What made you wanna become an art teacher?  I knew I would always be learning about new artists and new techniques. I also knew I would be working with other adults who are specialists in many other interesting areas like math, science, and history.

4) Who’s your favorite artist and why?   I really admire the work of the American Regionalists, who capture the curving landscapes and political figures from the Midwest. I also really like other artists whose work is more abstract or stylized like Harlem Renaissance artist Jacob Lawrence.

5) Do you work on your art on your free time?   I really enjoy it when I have time to paint, sculpt, or take photographs in my spare time. In the IB Art & Design class I sometimes have the luxury of creating art alongside students to model artistic thinking.

6) What makes a good artist in your opinion?   A good artist is anyone who is willing to risk sharing their own point of view through art.

7) How does art make you feel?   Art makes me feel calm. Art makes me feel connected with my natural environment, and the world of materials. Art can be very tactile because so much of it is made with your own hands.

Ms. Shomion

1) What is art to you?
Art is a creative expression of ideas, thoughts and emotions.  Art can be seen, heard and/or felt.

2) What do you like about art?
I love that Art both fulfills the need of the artist to express and the audience’s need to experience.

3) What made you wanna (want to) become an art teacher
Of the many things I enjoyed studying in school, Art was what I kept choosing to do in my spare time.  It took a few years to realize Art filled a need within me to be both solitary and social.  I could be completely quiet and introspective while creating and communicate so much in the sharing of my Artwork afterwards.  The thought of being surrounded by Art all day, and guiding young people through the process of creating and appreciating Art really resonated with me.  Teaching also fills my need to be both independent and social.  While I’m teaching I’m communicating constantly with my students; listening, watching and responding to their needs.  When I’m alone, prepping and planning, I do a massive amount of remembering and reflecting on the hundreds of tiny interactions I had that day.  Many people say teaching is an Art, I agree 100%.  Although I am exhausted at the end of each day, I enjoy almost every minute of it.
4) Who’s your favorite artist and why?
Wow, I can’t possibly choose one.  Intellectually I favor abstraction and/or surrealism over realism and visually I really love the contrast of combining a limited color palette with dark blacks and bright whites.

5) Do you work on your art on your free time?
Yes! I am currently working on a 28×28 painting of the three generations of women in my family and an 18×24 mixed medium piece that explores the upheaval, despair and anger I feel surrounding my mother’s death last Winter.

6) What makes a good artist in your opinion?
I know it sounds cheesy, but throw a dart at the IB Learner Profile poster and a good artist would need to embody that characteristic.  It takes a lot of hard work and self awareness to be able to push yourself, encounter obstacles, reflect, persevere and do it again, and again and again.  Good artists learn and grow everyday from both themselves and the world around them.      

7) How does art make you feel?
Art makes me feel human.

Bernie Sanders and young voters

If you are like me, or one of the many other young people who will be voting in next year’s presidential election, you may wondering who to cast your ballot for. You may be looking at prominent billionaire and republican candidate Donald Trump, or former first lady Hillary Clinton. But what if I were to tell you that there was an even better option, a candidate who would help out young people like me and you, and help pave the way for a more affordable and painless future.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is campaigning to bring an affordable college plan that would make all public colleges and universities tuition-free. While other democratic candidates are also putting forth plans to make college more affordable, Sanders’ plan takes it a step further. This plan, known as the College For All Act, which was released last may, claims that it will eliminate federal profit from student debt and would make refinancing for students much more favorable. According to his website, Sanders’ program plans to get the funding for this endeavor from the place that he constantly harbors for sending our country into an economic crisis- Wall Street. With this arrangement the government would be covering 67% of the cost, while the states would be responsible for the remaining 33%, thus making college tuition free. For everyone.

Mr. Sanders’ college plan is an exciting proposition for young people around the country. It would ultimately eliminate not only college tuition, but years of stress and crippling debt. Plans like these have been successful in many other countries around the world, and it can be successful here as well, as long as we vote Bernie.