News Article

Art Students Showcase Their Creative Talents

Students Sweep Category, Win Juried Awards

As the OCS high school visual arts students prepare for their showcase event of the year, they do so fresh off the heels of participating and winning in local and juried art competitions.

This spring, students entered artwork in the Conejo Valley Student Art Competition (sponsored by the Westlake Valley Arts Guild), and the Hang with the Best Competition (sponsored by the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley).

With close to 200 entries, OCS students swept the photography portion of Hang with the Best, winning first, second and third place.

Senior Claire Lauer took first place honors with Together, her photograph of a child feeding a giraffe; sophomore Ella Spett captured the Southern California lifestyle with her second place surfboard photo No Kooks Allowed, and sophomore Luke DeLeon placed third with Small Bee, Big World, Big Difference, an image of a bee on a flower taken outside High School Principal Karen Coyle’s office!

There were also three OCS winners in the ceramics/sculpture category: sophomore Morgan Fanner, second-place for 3D Sensible Man; senior Cindy Chen, third place for clay/acrylic Vision, and sophomore Alexis Distefano, fourth place for ceramic Perfect Imperfections.

The Conejo Valley Student Art Competition is a juried show open only to juniors and seniors. Out of over 400 entries, only 100 are chosen to be put on display. From those 100, Oaks Christian had ribbon winners: junior Amelia Compton won two awards (a special judges choice award and an honorable mention), and senior Sheridan Schroeder won third place for color photography of a sea turtle on Maui. 

Other students who were accepted to display were seniors Olivia Cameron and Alexandria Mora.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards also included OCS students: Chen received an honorable mention for “Losing Sleep,” and Compton won a Gold Key award for Western Region at Large for “Seabird Society.”

These students' artwork, along with hundreds of other entries from all OCS high school art students in drawing, photography, film, 3D, and graphic design, will be on display at “InSight” the high school visual art show April 29 through May 15.

The advanced story telling photography exhibit will take place in the Disciples Chapel April 29 through May 3.

The opening reception for “InSight” will be May 2 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in the Crockett Family Atrium. The recognition ceremony is at 6:00pm, and the film screenings take place from 5:00pm to 7:30pm