Granite City residents packed the halls of the school to enjoy the student body’s creative talents April 24 at Granite City High School.
Senior Hannah Goeller displayed 10 pieces of art on the school’s walls.
“I really use my patience,” Goeller said when asked about the ingredients of her creations. “And I want to make it the best it can be. In the end, I only want to be happy with it.”
Goeller said she draws on life experiences before creating her art. Most of the senior’s drawings were abstract, but she also displayed a drawing of pop-rock star Pink. Goeller also displayed sculpture.
“I’m really better at drawing something on paper than putting it into words,” Goeller said on the decision to communicate ideas through the medium of art.
In order to display at the festival, one had to prove dedication to the craft over a number of years, as all works on display were by senior artists.
“It’s really an honor to do something like this,” she said. “If you’re here you’ve been doing art for three or four years. It’s good for the people making the art and good for the program.”
The senior said she wants to pursue a career in early childhood education after finishing high school. She said she would like to use art as a medium to educate and expand the horizons of young people.
“I think the creativity I’ve learned will help young people pursue their dreams,” she said. “This teaches them to work with their hands. Teaching young people to express their ideas through sculpture of painting is so much more effective than writing sentences on something they did — like playing on the playground.”
In addition, Jenna Krause and Taylor Wilson treated young people to a variety of puppet shows at the entrance.
Student band Mandarian Blue filled the halls with rock music. A wide slice of the musical family could be heard. Sophomore Marissa Herod, 15, played jazz, classical and pop music with five other saxophonists — all musicians from the school band. When asked about the performance, Herod wanted the combo to leave an impression.
“I hope they see us and they realize we’re not something they want to let go of,” Herod said.