KATY (Covering Katy News) - Have you ever witnessed an artist creating a masterpiece live? Recently, 21 Katy ISD high school AP/Advanced art students created "real-time" paintings throughout Willow Fork Park.
Plein Air painting is about leaving the four walls of a studio behind and experience painting and drawing in an outdoor landscape. The practice was made popular centuries ago by the French Impressionists and allowed artists the freedom to paint "en plein air," which is the French expression for "in the open air."
This is the second year that Friends of Willow Fork Park in collaboration with Katy ISD hosted the contest, which is only open to Katy ISD advanced art students. Students were required to meet certain qualifications in order to participate: enrollment in AP Portfolio or Advanced Painting classes, approval by their art teacher, and attendance at a preparation workshop.
"The quality of student artwork was fantastic. A great variety of pieces this year, some sweeping landscapes and some interesting close up pieces," Mitzi Jones, Katy ISD Assistant Director of Fine Arts, said. "As always, it is thrill to be a part of Katy ISD Fine Arts. The goal is to instill life-long learning experiences that motivate students to continue with art in their daily lives for years to come!"
The event was also sponsored by Jerry's Artarama Houston, who donated over $1,000 in prizes towards each participant supply bag and to the top three student award winners.
Best of Show: Fabiana Munoz Cinco Ranch HS (Teacher: Painting, Pat Kuhn)
Award of Excellence: Danna Torres Morton Ranch HS (Teachers: Event Student Support: Cedric Ingram; Painting, Laura Simoneux)
Artist's Choice: Leslie Garza Morton Ranch HS (Teachers: Event Student Support: Cedric Ingram; Painting, Laura Simoneux)