Painting & Drawing

Amanda Adams
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Rachel Engel

“Lifesaver” – Watercolor


Jazmine Aguilera
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“My art consists of a lot of oil paint with the subjects’ faces being blurred off to add more meaning. Many can interpret it how they want, but I just do it for the simple reason that it looks cool. I do blur the faces out, but with something that associates with the piece. For example, I used a symbol in my piece, “Aries.” I used the zodiac Aries symbol because my subject was an Aries.”

“Aries” – Mixed Media
“La Mujer de Flores” – Mixed Media
“La Niña del Sol” – Mixed Media


Nate Alexander
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“Art allows me to capture my ideas on paper. The idea of improving keeps me constantly working. My art mainly consists of pen and pencil as my medium. With art I hope to help and inspire others to do better things.”

“Just Smile” – Pen and Ink
“King” – Colored Pencil


Mary Allen
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“Art has become a way for me to express important walks in my life or just how I am feeling on a day to day basis. I have always felt trapped, believing no one understood me. Oftentimes I was never comfortable telling them, but I knew I needed to let pent-up memories and emotions out. By creating images and ceramics pieces, I am able to find a release without having to tell my life story.”

“Golden Gate” – Pen and Ink


Tanjina Balleriel
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“I am inspired by color and nature. I make art of things that I think look cool or pretty. I mostly make art in art class where I can try different mediums.”

“Untitled Landscape” – Oil Pastel


Jensynia Baynes
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Karen Page

“My artwork was heavily inspired by nature and wildlife. Nature is something that has always been prominent in my life, since early childhood. My deep love for nature has inspired me to create my art selections with this theme. I wanted to bring attention to all aspects of color, mood, temperature, and exploitation. Nature has such a huge impact on our daily lives that I wanted to represent it in a profound way. To convey the significance of wildlife I aimed to display nature in different forms. In some works I tried to show wildlife, while in other art pieces I tried to showcase human interaction with nature.”

“Crazy Wild Native” – Acrylic


Christianna Beavers
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Lauren Garcia

“Growth and Decay” – Other


Malerie Branson
Pittsburgh Obama
Teacher: Karing Coyne

“Sunset” – Other


Andrew Broderick
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Claira Heitzenrater

“In my work I create fantasy worlds and practical objects. Additionally, in recent pieces, I have been exploring the concept of permanence in art and the idea that not all art is meant to last forever. Though I enjoy experimenting with a variety of media, watercolor, gouache, and fibers are my favorites.”

“Lord of the Shovel” – Watercolor


Chloe Brown
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“I’ve always been fascinated with depicting faces as there is such a balance of science and art when doing so. These pieces show how my methods of approaching portraits vary. They differ in both media and in the time it took to create them; from less than an hour for “Self-Portrait in Pencil” to nine months for “Study of Water”. I also have transitioned from using references of people I don’t know to referencing photos that I have taken of myself and my friends. This has resulted in me shifting from using more technical methods to more expressive ones, wherein I aim less towards photorealism and more toward an emotion or likeness. Through this exploration I am learning that neither goal is necessarily better than the other, but that combinations of the two result in diverse portraits that tell different stories about the equally diverse people they depict.”

“Kyra” – Mixed Media
“Self Portrait in Pencil” – Pencil
“Study of Water” – Other


Joshua Brown
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“The pieces I submitted are about how I see the world around me. Very bright with lots of plants and beauty, I capture that beauty in my art works and present it to you. I believe that my pieces create emotion for the viewers and affect how everyone sees them.”

“Photo Girl” – Other


Anna Cappella
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“For me, art is a form of explanation. Color and shape speak the experiences, the emotions that often fall in between the lines of verbal or written communication. Communicating accurately and being understood are an important part of how I function, and drawing, even the mundane, allows me to explain the things I cannot say. Although the following four pieces were conceived separately, they all serve as an explanation of myself, specifically my family and my cultural background. My upbringing in a deeply Italian household has led to some variance in my perception of my world and my childhood. These pieces cover a range of topics from my life: my visceral relationship with my culture, my mother and the anger that she has carried through her life, the passion and intensity of my family structure, and the depth of my connection with food, respectively.”

“Yolk” – Other


Tyree Carpenter
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“Untitled” – Colored Pencil


Evonna Chisom
Pittsburgh Obama
Teacher: Karen Coyne

“My work explores the relationship between the body and emotional memories. With influences ranging from Andy Warhol to Miyazaki Hayao, new variations are generated from both mundane and transcendent dialogues. The majority of my work varies from realism to realistic cartoons.”

“Mirroring the Past” – Pencil
“Old School Pops” – Colored Pencil


Amera Coleman
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Kyle Foor

“Cats Got My Tongue” – Acrylic


Shyanne Connolly 
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Kyle Foor

“Tiny Garden” – Watercolor


Dorothy Crow
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Alberto Almarza

“With this series I wanted to explore how people perceive objects and what makes them interpret them as such. I experimented with the idea changing the colors of fruit completely while keeping the same forms. I showed this through my paintings of a bright pink kiwi, a red banana, yellow strawberries, and ironically a turquoise orange. I also wanted to emphasize this color change with vibrant backgrounds, frequently picking colors complimentary to my subjects. Through these paintings I have grown in my skill of identifying what makes forms recognizable while exploring adventurous color schemes. My favorites in the series are the pink kiwi and turquoise orange because I felt that my stylization of the fruits were effective and their color combinations were pleasing.”

“Red Banana” – Acrylic
“Turquoise Orange” – Acrylic
“Pink Kiwi” – Acrylic


Evelin Cruz
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“When I am feeling upset I like to make art. It is a way I can express how I am feeling. Since I don’t like talking about my feelings, creating art helps me put my thoughts in work. Art is a form of therapy for me. Art communicates with people without having to say anything. It is a way I can capture the beauty of my imagination.”

“Glasses” – Pencil


Gabriella Dalverny
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Abi Beddall

“The reason why I started painting was I needed a new way to express myself and how I felt. I used a mixture of acrylic and oil paints. I never really understood the proper way, if there ever was one, to paint but it is all about letting loose and having fun . It’s okay to be a circle in a world of squares just to show how unique you are. Love yourself.”

“Emotions blahh” – Mixed Media


Ronald Davenport
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“In art, my favorite activity is to draw or paint from surrounding images or just from a thought. Through my art I tried to achieve a goal of realism, or somewhat near it, so that viewers can easily interpret the images. In general I wanted to paint things common and often overlooked that are special themselves. The eye portrait, for example, depicts an eye staring off, and it might leave the viewer wondering what they are looking at. In all of these pieces my main goal was to leave the viewer wondering, or questioning, some aspect of it, whether it be big and profound or small. I believe I was able to achieve this in my artwork.”

“Eye Portrait”- Pencil
“Ocean” – Watercolor
“Portrait” – Pencil


Amber Davis
Pittsburgh Obama
Teacher: Faith DeMark

“When I make portraits I like to focus on one area of the face as a way of practice (notice how the nose is the focal point in the close-up portrait). I typically use acrylic paint, but recently I gave oil paint a try with a portrait made entirely of noses. For my landscape I used a Van Gogh painting, but altered colors giving it a more eerie vibe. For a few years I also found myself fascinated with miniatures, so I decided to make my own mini artist studio.”

“The End” – Acrylic
“The Close Up” – Acrylic
“Nose Portrait” – Oil Painting


Max DeFlitch
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“For “Shells of Buck Island”, I painted an observational piece in watercolor and used sea shells from the beach my family travels to in the summer. I wanted to incorporate my favorite mediums but also show a part of myself and what artwork I like to create.”

“Shells of Buck Island” – Watercolor


Emily Dowd
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Alberto Almarza

“Recently I have begun to intentionally stretch my abilities; to move from mere rendering toward abstract creation. I created Lobster Shack because I wanted the challenge of the brushwork in the textures, soft edges, gradations and transitions.”

“Spring Woods” – Other
“Lobster Shack” – Other


Jeffrey Edder
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“My pieces consist of anime and drawings of self portraits, or portraits of others. When making my pieces I use shape and form to make my piece fit how I am feeling. Then to add other feelings I use either shadowing or colored pencils to give a feeling of what my tone is for the piece. I do that by using value and contrast. Each of my pieces are supposed to represent me or my experience, a story of me, or just how I was feeling. I want people to be able to see that in my art and I hope they can relate and be inspired as an artist.”

“Doll Maker Drawing” – Colored Pencil
“Frank Iero Portrait” – Pencil


Jimaya Edwards
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Claira Heitzenrater

“Untitled” – Mixed Media


Latrice Ferguson 
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“Black is Beautiful” – Acrylic


Gwen Fernadez-Franks
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Lauren Garcia

“Yellow Island” – Oil Pastel


McKenzie Fink
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Kelly Jane Walker

“As an artist I choose to express myself and my ideas through the depiction of others. In the future I hope to pursue a career involving mental health, which has greatly influenced my art. I illustrate figures from the music industry who have raised awareness about mental health and it’s significance as well as impacted me.”

“Burns” – Colored Pencil
“Surrender the Air” – Colored Pencil


Jordan Finkelstein
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“This artwork is a cubist portrait of local musician, Kenny Blake. Listening to his music, which is notoriously a hybrid of soul, jazz, and funk, I was inspired to use a scheme of cool blues and render him in an angular, yet quickly flowing manner. Much of the inspiration for this work can be attributed to my studies of Salvador Dalí. The surrealistic scene portrays a small village in Cadaqués, Dalí’s hometown, and it features many Dalí-esque components such as the wide Spanish plain and distant buttes.”

“Soul Hybrid” – Watercolor
“The Little Fishing Village of Cadaques” – Acrylic


Jadyn Gibson
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Art isn’t about the reason why it’s done, it’s about the pathos behind the piece. Throughout my art I try to not focus on “why is this, why do they look like that, where is it” and create masterpieces without those constraints. I enjoy pieces that come from the soul and creating something that satisfies my artistic ability. Art is subjective and can truly be done by anyone because everything is a form of art.”

“Grilled” – Pencil
“Just a Jest” – Watercolor


Jordan Gluzman
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“The pieces I have created reflect my interest in portrait drawing, as well as experimentation with acrylic paint on canvas.”

“Claire” – Pencil
“Color Focus” – Acrylic


Daynell Griffin
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“In my work I tried to use different elements of art to make it look more realistic. Each one of my pieces resembles things I see and feel. Each piece I make represents me because it shows something I love to do. If it seems more realistic, it brings “the me” out of it. Some are very colorful and some are black; it depends on how I felt at the time or what I was seeing.”

“Beach View” – Other
“Bright Eye” – Other


Zipporah Hamilton
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“When I create art I am able to have control, and yet, be completely free at the same time. Through art I have gained so many valuable experiences that have taught me much about myself in my four years of high school. When I am making art I don’t have to worry. It is an outlet for all that I have inside. The stroke of a brush or the slightest tick-mark of the quill are emotions and energy that I use to express myself. Not all of my art has a meaning or story behind it, but by making art, I am able to connect with the world and myself in a way that inspires me to continue creating.”

“Onion Tears” – Acrylic
“Springtime Floating” – Printmaking


Marie Harless
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Tresa Varner

“Skeleton” – Pencil


Tyra Hopper
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“I like art because it expresses the theme I am thinking at the time. It also allows me to be more open about what I am thinking instead of writing it on paper. The ideas come to my head as soon as I touch a pencil or clay and it gives me the ability to think more outside the box. Art is everywhere a person goes in life, even the things people eat and etc. Color is more of an open expression that shows the beauty of things and would tell a story behind it in black and white.”

“Breakfast Blast” – Pencil


Melek Jackson
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“Love Hurts Sometimes” – Acrylic


Troy Jacobson
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“I have presented my work through life experiences that shaped me as a person. I wanted to give the best representation of my challenges and strengths. My pieces describe who I am and who I strive to become.”

“Lakeside” – Acrylic


Emily Jenkins
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Through art I am able to express my feelings and personality. I think art plays an important role in my life, helping me through many hard situations. Art is the root to so much good in my life, and the pieces I chose to submit give a look into my life.”

“A Stare into the Future” – Acrylic


Emily Jeong
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“In my art I like to explore different perspectives of commonly drawn ideas and render my own take on artistic elements in the world. To do this I use all kinds of mediums and techniques to achieve a certain goal.”

“Awake” – Mixed Media
“Iceberg” – Acrylic
“Topography” – Acrylic


Anastasia Jungle-Wagner
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“All of the pieces being submitted are, in some sense or another, a self portrait. Whether this is visibly obvious or reflected in the underlying themes of the piece, it is a unifying element included in all of them. As I move through high school I feel a lot of my artistic focus has moved towards the awareness of my reality— or lack thereof. Therefore as my illustrative style moved more towards portraying the derealization I’ve felt it set the stage for an exploration into this feeling throughout various media. This portfolio is a tour through those feelings: the idea of split realities, various senses of self, nostalgia, and the idea that something is amiss.”

“Lost” – Acrylic


Emily Kane
Pittsburgh Obama
Teachers: Talon Smith & Bryce Hemington

“I have been creating at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for five semesters now and I have no complaints. The ceramic teachers, Talon and Bryce, and so many others have helped me hone my artistic talents with their expertise. My work has gotten much better since I have started here and I am very pleased with what I have created. I mainly work in ceramics and focus on functional pieces that have an air of decorativeness about them.”

“The Plant with Pointy Pants” – Gouache


Xander Kemp
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“The pieces that I have drawn are characters that I enjoy. For the anime girl in a pond with a lily pad and a frog on her head, titled “Tsu,” I decided to use a playing card as my media. The third painting I did, called “Minato v. Karama”, I think, was the hardest painting. I hope to get better over time and create more of my own unique artwork. I also want to make more challenging artwork for others to enjoy.”

“Minato vs. Kurama” – Acrylic


Kyle Shipton & Violette Davenport
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Lauren Garcia

“Kobe” – Acrylic


Katie Lane
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“I am interested in art, mostly drawing. I grew up watching my mom draw and she inspired me to do just the same. I know a lot of people say drawing may be a way to leave a space that is bad, but when I draw I feel like I am writing my thoughts in art form to express myself through a picture and not words. I want to grow and develop art skills, if possible. I am a very intuitive person and I like to express that through art. I chose these pieces to show more of my pencil technique and how I work on paper for definition and intuition.”

“Shimouae [she/moue]” – Pencil


Samantha Langhoff
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Art is a creative medium that thrives from imagination and creativity. My dream of becoming an animator and making a story that others can enjoy inspires me to keep improving my art. The thought of others getting invested with my story, or even enjoying my art, is just enough to keep me going. I don’t have special materials or tools, but that does not stop me from creating art. I usually just use fine liners, watercolors, ink or markers in my work, but I am always open to try new mediums. Cross-hatching and working with line thickness are my favorite things to do in my art. I find it adds character to the art. Art, in general, is an escape for me. I can create a whole different world and get lost with the characters and their lives. I hope I will eventually make art my profession.”

“Moth to the Flame” – Acrylic


Briana Leech
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“When I was young I grew up around artists and that is what sparked my interest and love of drawing. My specialty is anime-style art–drawing cartoons and animals. I am inspired by the art styles of Picasso, DaVinci & Michaelangelo and aspire to learn these techniques. I hope to one day attend a college to further my art career.”

“King of Kings” – Colored Pencil
“Your Fuzzy Friend” – Colored Pencil


Montana Lenz
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“This is a collection of work through oil painting, digital art, and drawing.”

“Painting 1” – Other
“Untitled” – Other


Heather MacIntyre
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Lauren Garcia

“Thicker Than Blood” – Oil Pastel


Sydney Marts
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“I show my emotions through painting. The pieces I have created for this competition have a hidden meaning of emotions. They represent what I have gone through while creating these pieces; the showing of true raw feelings.”

“The Lost Woods” – Acrylic
“Third Eye Nightmare” – Acrylic


Kevin May
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“My work this year is mostly from my AP Studio Art Concentration, “Dreams and Nightmares,” which is my way to express my different fears, desires, and how I view these aspects of myself. I have started to work with different mediums, such as watercolor and gouache, while also expanding my drawing and digital illustration skills. I have learned to use these different mediums to set a certain tone for a piece and to, overall, give each piece a touch of fantasy or surrealism.”

“The Boy Who Cried like a Wolf” – Mixed Media
“The Bridge” – Mixed Media
“To Make Use of What’s Destroyed” – Mixed Media


Tait McCann
Pittsburgh Obama
Teacher: Karing Coyne

“Green Haze” – Oil Pastel


Lydia McGeehan
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Each of these pieces are artworks that I have had new experiences with. Each is a different media or artistic style that I have not tried out before. This portfolio is very diverse and shows a wide range of skill, even showing some of my first pieces within that medium. I find it exciting being able to try out all these new and different art styles. Each one I find relaxing and/or fun to make on its own. I think that these pieces exemplify how I view art and experiment with it because they are all something different and new to me, but I still enjoyed making each one of them.”

“Adam” – Other
“Womanhood” – Acrylic


Aeva Miglioretti
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“These are centered around the focus of my sustained investigation for AP Studio, which is “what’s going on in your head? ” The pieces are meant to symbolize my feelings, such as feeling trapped, losing a religion (which goes with the doubt), reaching for something greater, and peer pressure. These are focused on aspects of American “classic teenage life,” such as trying to fit in, but it ends badly, and dealing with addiction and disliking yourself.”

“I Can’t Breathe” – Charcoal
“One of Us” – Charcoal


Alina Milan
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“My pieces all center around the effect of light on its environment. Each piece is observational through my interpretation, as I put my own touch on each. “Natalie” is based on a character from the movie “Closer,” but my take pushes her into a more mysterious direction. I minimized her humanness, emphasizing the qualities of intense light on her skin and hair. For “Morning,” I referenced a picture of the sun shining on the street, pushing its color and contrast to really build the vibes of the morning. “Soft” is a portrait done in a sfumato style using chalk pastel; a study on light and softness as dictated by the style.”

“Morning” – Acrylic
“Natalie” – Acrylic


Colby Miller
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“Hold the Mayo” – Acrylic


Caleb Moore
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Tresa Varner

“Cups” – Pencil


Grant Mowry
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Heathered Highlands” – Other


Kenzie Mudge
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“I have been creating for as long as I imagine. Art has always been, and will always be, a part of my life. I fall in love with my pieces and work.”

Public Disturbance” – Oil Pastel


Maryam Nader
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Kyle Foor

“Eggs Benedict” – Acrylic


Keith Norman
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“I make my art from ideas in my head. I think about something and then build off what I draw. I don’t always know what I am making before I start. I like to use color and line to create unique patterns.”

“Untitled” – Oil Pastel
“Untitled” – Watercolor


Oluwatofunmi Olaore
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Heather White

“In these four artworks I was looking at depth, chiaroscuro, symbolism and composition and how these aspects intertwine with each other in each piece. Inspiration for the two prints came from my African heritage and faith and what that means to me. They portray what I think when I recall the culture and heritage in which I originate from. The painting focuses more on the interesting composition and how light affects its surroundings. This painting is based on a photograph I took. The image also deals with depth and form. The charcoal piece was a very interesting piece that also dealt with depth and how light affects its environment. It is a very serene piece, but also has a stormy aspect from the sky.”

“Reflections” – Acrylic


Shamiya Parron
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Self-Portrait” – Pencil


Cameron Petrosky
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“Once We Were Brothers” – Acrylic


Lulu Polinko
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Heather White

“The collection of works I have compiled is a reflection and exploration of identity. Conceptualizing and executing themes of fluidity through the body and through the physical world, the works materialize self in movement. Water is a universal root from which these pieces stem from and grow towards. Movement and change are the constants which bind stillness to rivers. The journey of being as we move through time. These works are a representation. An exploration of what it means to be a mixed-Filipino trans woman. An exploration of what it means to be as I am.”

“Aguas 1” – Acrylic
“Magdalene” – Printmaking


Carmel Ricketts
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Drawing from the time she could hold a pencil, I grew to love and appreciate the human form through portraits, figure studies, and character creations. My art style is inspired by realism, and my work uses the human form to convey emotion. My acrylic duo carries intensity and grit while appreciating the beauty in specific facial features. Aside from painting, I love working and experimenting with glass, embroidery, screen printing, and photography.”

“Untitled” – Acrylic
“Untitled” – Acrylic


Mandy Ruffing
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“All of these pieces were made for the same purpose. I wanted to start adding a scary but innocent feeling to my newer pieces. My goal for these pieces was to start coming up with a consistent style and trend with my art that has a visible story behind it. I think I reached my goal with these pieces. These pieces really taught me the skill of patience. These pieces really helped me develop what my style and mindset are now. I love all of my pieces and I think they symbolize what my style as an artist really is.”

Devil’s Sunshine” – Mixed Media


Ashley Russell
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Claira Heitzenrater

“Character Painting” – Other


Kristen Ruud
Propel Andrews Street
Teacher: Desiree Matia

“Apathy” – Colored Pencil


Fabian Saavedra
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“The Sunset of the City” – Other


Sadirova Shokhsanam
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Kyle Foor

“Finding Vincent” – Mixed Media


Alaina Savage
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Lynda Abraham-Braff

“I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I have always liked drawing lively things, like portraits especially. My favorite part of making portraits is drawing/painting the eyes. I go by the quote, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” So being a perfectionist, I do my very best to get every detail I can. Art is my passion, my saving grace, my escape to my own little world.”

“Avatar” – Acrylic
“Kehlani” – Acrylic


Malchi Schmidt
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Dan Budday

“Untitled Gold Leaf” – Mixed Media


Nick Schmitt
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Dan Budday

“The Child” – Oil Pastel


Sultan Shabazz
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“I prefer to create drawings in pencil. I try to work with shading and blending to give my art a realistic quality. I make most of my art in art class, but I like to draw in my free time as well.”

“Untitled” – Watercolor
“Untitled” – Pencil


Kayli Short
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Kyle Foor

“I make art to express myself usually by using colored pencil and paint. Art, to me, is the voice that I could never find within myself.”

“For the Crows” – Colored Pencil
“Goddess” – Colored Pencil
“Reach” – Acrylic


Valeria Silva-Yepez
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“My artwork currently focuses on women’s experiences. Whether that is in a more general or personal sense, it explores what is often associated with being a female. For my pieces, I enjoy using different mediums because each medium is unlike the others. Acrylics give me the opportunity to work on more simple and colorful pieces. I enjoy the versatility of watercolors, which allow me to paint a very simple background, but also a very detailed body. If I need even more details, gel pens help me with the finishing touches. Every piece is different and unique, representing a certain aspect of womanhood.”

“Praise the Past” – Acrylic
“Reflection” – Watercolor
“Takeout” – Acrylic


Cameron Simpson
Propel Andrews Street
Teacher: Desiree Matia

“Konpeito” – Pen and Ink


Tijana Slepcev
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“The visual arts have always been a strong passion of mine, stemming from my original love for comics to my current focus on portraits. Mostly working with graphite and colored pencils, my favorite hobby is trying to capture the emotion and the stares of the people I draw. I prefer to recreate famous photographs and also those of my own family. While I have never really submitted my artwork anywhere, I am working to change that now and hope that this is the right first step to putting myself out there.”

“Gigi Hadid” – Pencil
“Girl With a Pearl Earring (based off of painting by Johannes Vermeer)” – Pencil
“Mama” – Pencil


Hillary Spang
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Dennis Childers

“Lake Side Mountains” – Digital Illustration


Delanie Staab
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Lauren Garcia

“Shades of Grey” – Other


Mokhinisa Sultonova
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Rachel Engel

“Untitled” – Pen and Ink


Maia Swasey
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Rachel Engel

“Untitled” – Pen and Ink


Joshua Switzer
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“What originated my interest in art was a crossover from the music arts. In high school I chose the musical electives and had not touched base with fine arts since I was young. I wanted to see where it took me, so I grabbed paper and pencil and so it began. The emotion I feel when drawing is one of the best. I hope to follow a career in the arts and create new characters for a company one day, inspired by anime. I have plenty of room for improvement and am beginning to try the graphic arts and ceramics.”

“Now I’m the Bad Guy” – Colored Pencil
“Plus Ultra!” – Digital Arts


Abdullah Taylor
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“Mandala” – Colored Pencil


Jacob Taylor
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Claira Heitzenrater

“Jormungandr” – Pencil


Chloe Threets
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“My art is an expression of how I am feeling at the time I create it. I am often inspired by impactful events occurring in society. My art reflects upon my journey as a black woman and artist. Often I create using found objects and mixing painting mediums that speak to the subject I portray. I enjoy challenging myself by incorporating everyday objects into my art.”

“Overseen” – Acrylic


Megan Tiffany
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Denise Suska Green

“As an artist, I have a fascination with the natural world, both for its beauty and its strangeness. I love parasites as much as I love the megafauna in which they reside. Much of my artwork is dedicated to the bizarre and unseen aspects of nature.”

“Hunter” – Acrylic


Harshita Vachani
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Claira Heitzenrater

“Heart Painting” – Other


Annika Vaughan
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Tresa Varner

“Cups” – Pencil


Colleen Vine
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Tresa Varner

“Untitled” – Pencil


Mia Wahila 
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Of Fish and Women” – Mixed Media


Starr Wasler
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Kelly Lanzendorfer & Germaine Watkins

“Making any form of art in this generation of technology is complicated. There is a constant push and pull with modern and old ways of doing things. My photos focus on the aspects of everyday life that would be ignored by a passing bystander. We tend to overlook things that have become a part of our everyday lives and we lose the beauty in them. The ordinary is also extraordinary and we tend to not see that.”

“Shades of Basquiat” – Other


Haley Whetton
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“A little bit about myself: I get creative easily and lose it just as easily, but when I am creative I try to stick with it and finish the piece. The inspiration for my piece is foxes with beautiful orange coats. I also try drawing cartoons in any fashion, but it often looks like anime. I am also often inspired by artists on Instagram and the Moonscapes are from moonlight sunsets.”

“Moonlight Coast” – Acrylic
“The Red Moon Fox” – Mixed Media


Gale Whewell
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Self-Portrait” – Pencil


Vincent Wolfe
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Heather White

“I plan on pursuing art as a career and continuing to build my portfolio and expertise.

“Untitled” – Other
“Bussing” – Charcoal
“Early Morning, Self Portrait” – Oil Pastel
“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” – Pen and Ink
“Two Students” – Other


Maria-Yamouna Zarour
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“My art consists of oil paintings and mixed media drawings of people. Usually I focus on faces because, to me, they are the most interesting part of our bodies. I love capturing people’s personalities in my art as everyone has their own distinct essence; it is a way of expressing stories through faces.
Most of my art comes from the pictures taken by myself or by someone I know. I enjoy using thick media that does not dry quickly in order to constantly edit a piece of work and play with the media with my fingers. I also try to incorporate a fair amount of contrast and shadows in my artwork. When I paint, I always use a very small paint brush in order to create detail in my paintings.”

“Bedi” – Other
“Camilla” – Other
“Clara” – Other


Ly Zeffer
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“I love to do design and photography in my free time. The two design pieces I have represent my life in my home country, Vietnam, compared to my life here in Pittsburgh (like the drawing of a torn building compared to the PPG paints building). My photography pieces are of animals, which I love.”

“On the River” – Charcoal
“Split Buildings” – Pencil


Mya Ziegler
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“My art has helped me a lot throughout the years. It has helped calm my anxiety and helped me center myself to become more focused. It is a healthy outlet that allows me to express what I feel and the message I want to put out. It is wonderful. Being able to create is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I am thankful for the ability to create and show people my passion.”

“Beautiful Creature” – Acrylic
“Deadly Weapon” – Acrylic

 

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One comment on “Painting & Drawing

  1. I’m so just….so.unbelievably.impressed.

    Amazing work by young minds and hands. What talent.

    It gives me hope for the world. Such talent won’t let humanity down.

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