Vestavia Hills Living


Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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V E S T A V I A H I L L S H I G H S C H O O L At Vestavia Hills High School, the arts are an important part of a well-rounded education. Each spring, the Annual VHHS Art Show offers an opportunity for all students enrolled in art classes to showcase their work. This year, the art show featured about 450 students. "The art show provides so much more than an opportunity to showcase student talent in our community," says Art Teacher Eleanor Rushing. "It also presents the occasion to gain knowledge in designing and producing a professional venue in which to view student work. The art show gives our students an avenue to express themselves and connect with their peers through personal opinions and experiences while allowing reflection on personal growth and improvement in technical skill. The art show also provides an opportunity for student 'competition' in something other than sports or academics." And the art show isn't just about traditional visual arts. Approximately 130 students participate in the digital art program at VHHS, and their work is also included in the annual art show. Digital art classes offered at the high school include digital photography, digital imaging, and honors digital imaging class. Student projects not only focus on programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but they "also explore composition and communicating through art," says Digital Art Teacher Timarie Fisk. "The students are encouraged to explore different methods of communicating their ideas to the viewer and impacting the thoughts of others through their work. I encourage my students to create work that makes a viewer stop and see something that is ordinary through new eyes." The arts are a vital part of education for a number of reasons. "For those students already considered successful, the arts provide a greater set of challenges and for those students who may struggle, the arts create a path to realize greater self-awareness and future achievement," Rushing says. "Personal engagement in the arts allows all students to develop higher-level critical thinking and problem solving skills that enrich and encourage learning in all subject areas." 2 0 1 4 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 37

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