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The Visual Arts Scholastic Event also know as VASE is a competition where high school students compete in sculpting, painting, drawing and many other forms of art against one another,  from different high schools and different divisions in a challenging competition to impress the judges, and to try and make it to state.

Vase is a difficult competition it requires a lot of time and patience. Everything has to be planned out carefully, one mistake and it sets you back in time. With about two months to get the art piece finished, competitors must make sure that the are caught up on school. Like other academic activities VASE requires students to be passing all classes in order to compete.

Junior, Sally Kaylor was working on an artwork that consists of toy soldiers, paint and a piano.

“I don’t know, it just popped into my head and I decided to do it,” Kaylor said.

Vase entry by junior Sally Kaylor
Vase entry by junior Sally Kaylor

She used color pencil and graphite to complete her project. Nervous about the competition Kaylor wants her viewers to get a certain message out of it.

“It represents how society is losing creativity, and the toy soldiers are trying to bring it back,” Kaylor said.

Deciding to try something new, Junior Lillian Nguyen entered a self portrait for the Visual Arts Scholastic Event.  Not sure on how the competition is going to turn out she is feeling inspired, happy, stressed and a bit nervous.

“First time at vase! Trying to meet the deadline,” Nguyen said.

Her message for the judges is that home is always closer than you think. Learning that this required a lot of work she feels most proud of the heart.

“Everyone’s work is so amazing! I wish you the best,” Nguyen said.

Vase entry by junior Lillian Ngyuen
Vase entry by junior Lillian Ngyuen

Drawing from observation, sophomore Marisol Moreno, used a quill and some ink to complete her project.

“An investigation into observation,” said Moreno

The meaning she was hoping to get across to her audience. While working on her project, Moreno felt nervous at first because she had never used ink. Running through her mind were the thoughts on how the art piece would look at the end. Feeling pride on how she made the value in the objects show, Moreno learned how to use the quill better.

“I think it will be a very hard competition,” said sophomore Dalton Turpin.

Working with a crow quill and ink Turpin did an observational ink laying project. It is a piece of art that takes time and focus to sketch out the artists observation that was made upon the object being drawn.

“Good luck and may the best artist win,” said Turpin.