Thursday, November 8, 2012


Drawings made by students to illustrate patterns instead of values. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

TMHS Round Robin Skeleton drawings

 These are the round robin skeletons the students drew, five students worked on each drawing by rotating a round a circle.

These are the negative space drawings the students have been working on, instead of drawing the actual object they draw the space around it, the week of September 24, 2012.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Art Club September 2012

Art club met for our first 8 hour saturday workshop on September 8th to work on our stained glass projects! Everyone had a great time playing with the new medium, and are excited for the following meetings, October 6th, November 17th, December 8th, January 12th, February 9th, March 2nd, and May 4th.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Falcon and TMHS Public Art History

Art Club got off to a great start with an even newer Falcon Design!
Several Art Club members tag-teamed this design together.

If you'd like to use this design on your TMHS stationary, poster, etc contact Ms. Ridgway for a better quality image, or take it from here. Please credit TMHS Art Club Fall 2012 when you use our "Art Club Falcon. Thanks!!

Ryann sketched out a life-size protoype to help communicate our ideas (a falcon design that can flap and fly - like wings!"). Lena researched for strong frontal images of falcons with wings spread wide, Nikki worked on letters, and Ms. Ridgway built the frame, ordered supplies and stretched the "silk." Then, Nikki and Alaney transferred the design onto the silk screen. Ridgway and Alaney, and even Micheal Limbaugh painted screen-filler around the design and Ms. Ridgway printed 2 white on blue, and two blue on white designs just in time to show them off at the Homecoming Pep-Assembly!

We printed Versatex opaque white ink on a dark-blue micro-fiber towel from sweet-smiles ( and a cookie-monster blue "cuddle comfort" fabric sample from JoAnn's. We didn't have the right color blue fabric ink, so we used Speedball Blue Acrylic, which isn't wash safe, but looked great on the white micro-fiber towel, and the white cotton terry-cloth sample from JoAnn's. The terrycloth feels more like a towel, but it absorbs a LOT of ink! Micro-fiber absorbs less ink, and the sweet-smiles towel's blue color is most striking. The design was made to be light on dark, and some things don't make as much sense dark on light (like the inside of the mouth is light, the space between the talons is too prominent. Everyone likes the look of the white on blue towel best, but the ink is stiff and scratchy! When we talked of how they felt, the terry-cloth towel with Jacquard Textile Color was preferred.

Ridgway ordered a sample of another white ink that might be softer, and 10 microfiber towels. We'll print these 10 towels at our next 8-Hour Art Club Workshop - October 6th! Come learn how to screen-print! Bring your own towel and go home with the new falcon design, and help print the 10 new towels to test our fundraising market. 10-6pm - Potluck. Sign-up with Ridgway in advance to be sure we have enough supplies.



In 2012-13, Art Club kicked off the year with a school logo contest! Uncertain about the origin of the many fabulous falcons in our community, we determined to establish a firm, fresh falcon for this fifth year of our school. The following designs were submitted, and for fierceness and strength, Derek Isturis' "Ya Feelin the Thunder" took first place:
Derek will be receiving a T-Shirt with this logo.
Close on his heels, the following entrants earned serious consideration.
Avery Bunton & Estie Dawson's:

Hunter Cameron's:

James Gilchrest's:

Hannah and Rachel Everett's:

 Trevar Fiscus':
and Earl's!

Throughout the year, we learned a lot about where our other falcons come from:

 This is the Air Force Academy Logo. It was designed by a government employee on government time, so it is "in the public domain," but it is still trade-marked. We bought our "fierce falcon" logo with our scoreboard, from a sports equipment company. It may have been inspired by the Air Force logo, but the overall design is elongated horizontally and some of the values and colors are different.

This year our football team purchased new gear sporting this design. It is a mascot option offered by the Nation-wide company that sells sports equipment: 
 The falcon on our welcome mats was designed by Cordova artist, Mike Anderson. He is the same artist who designed, built, fired, and installed all the incredible ceramic work in the commons, under our totem pole, and at the entry of the school. He was striving to create a graphic version of the ceramic falcons he installed in the posts of our entryway. This falcon was a gift from him to us, and is sometimes called our "soft falcon."

Since our quest to build stronger TMHS Falcon Logo tradition at our school, Mr Voth submitted his own twist on the Mike Anderson falcon:

...and together, Jeannie Macaulay and Ms. Ridgway designed a new heading for our bulletin:

You can find out more about Mike Anderson on his website:

While completing this research, wefound out more about other artworks of our school!  Susan Arnold at Central Offices gave us this information from Maintenance: 

Michael Anderson
A ceramic artist from Cordova, Mike sculpts highly realistic and detailed bas-relief recreations of natural environments and ecosystems. His work is created to be closely observed and touched; educational tools so beautiful and engaging they continue to offer new insights each time they’re experienced. One of Mike’s recent public installations is at the Islands and Oceans Institute in Homer. There he created an underwater world that covers the floor, climbs up columns, and seems to be slowly making its way through doorways, taking on a life of it’s own.

Barbara Craver
Barbara, a Juneau painter, uses dynamic colors and a strong sense of design in her work. She paints the intimate, as seen in her studies of faces, as well as the great, as seen in her Southeast landscape paintings. Barbara is a Plein Aire painter (also known in Juneau as Plein Rain!), undertaking many of her works outdoors, rather than in a studio. Barbara will bring smaller scale works into the school environment, but her colorful style will ensure her art is not lost in the hallways… in fact, her goal is to ensure the students are also not lost in the high school, but can see themselves, their feelings, and their world in her paintings.

Dan DeRoux
Dan is also a Juneau artist, and well-known throughout Alaska for his paintings and large-scale murals. It is not solely as a painter that he will join this collaboration, though. Dan’s excellent sense of design and wry humor will come out in a multi-media work that will require students, teachers, and all who enter the school, to use their minds: encryption and decoding experiences that will engage and enlighten. When Dan’s work is reviewed by the city and school district, the code will need to be unveiled in secrecy, so as not to reveal it to future generations!

Wayne Price
Wayne, a Tlinget Master Carver from Haines, deeply impresses the viewers of his work with his exquisite craftsmanship and traditional skills. His works are on display in both art galleries and museums, an indication of his broad abilities. Wayne brings to his work a deep respect for his ancestry and the traditions of his people. His ability to cross generations, cultures, and time through his use of traditional art forms and materials, as well as modern ones, will bring his works to life for the students and the Juneau community for many, many generations to come.

Sheila Wyne (The glass feathers behind the totem)
Although Sheila’s home and studio are in Anchorage, she has completed large public art installations throughout Alaska. She comes to each project with an artistic concept, then works with the architects and engineers (and even community members) to determine the best materials and methods for creating her artwork. She has worked in tile, terrazzo, metal, glass, wood, found and recycled materials, and even light, to surround building occupants with fine artistry and craft. Her installations become educational tools because of the depth of information she offers within them.

Nathan Jackson (Hasn't been done yet)
The CBJ Engineering and Parks & Recreation Departments intend to work together to relocate Nathan Jackson’s Centennial Hall Wooshkeetaan Pole to the commons of the new high school, and commission Nathan, a Master Tlingit Carver, to restore it. The partner of the Wooshkeetaan Pole, the Auk Pole, was restored by Nathan and relocated to the commons of the Juneau Douglas High School in 2004. Because of deterioration, these exterior poles require relocation to interior locations if they are to be enjoyed for generations to come. By placing one of this pair of poles in each of Juneau’s high schools it is hoped that a balance will be restored that was lost when the Auk Pole was relocated.