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Visual and Performing Arts
Visual Arts
The Art Department offers a selection of courses that will enrich and enhance the lives of all students.  Each course strives to provide an understanding of the visual arts through studio activities, art history, art criticism and aesthetics.

Performing Arts
The performing arts are a vital part of a student’s educational program.  The performing arts stimulate creativity.  By studying one or more of the arts, students can acquire skills in concentration, organization, effective listening, artistic judgment and self-discipline.

Department Announcements
Recognition for Outstanding Student Achievement in Visual Arts
 The Visual Arts Department is very pleased to announce that Freshman Art Foundations student Julia Gaudette's mixed media self-portrait was selected by the Massachusetts Art Education Association to represent Grade 9 from our state in an exhibition of student work at the upcoming National Art Education Association convention in San Diego on March 29 - 31.  The MAEA chose one artwork from each grade K - 12 from the 644 pieces now on display at the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Massachusetts Transportation Building in Boston.  Julia and the 12 other young artists whose work will travel to the national convention will be recognized at a reception at the Youth Art Month Family Celebration on Sunday, March 23.  Congratulations Julia!  

We've moved!
In an attempt to bring together all that our switch to Google apps has to offer, we've moved our online band presence to a new location.

Click here to link to our new blog.

Private Lesson Scholarships
Once again the GHS Music Boosters are offering private lesson scholarships through Apple Tree Arts.
Applications are due by January 14th.
Click here for an application

Great East Festival!
The GHS Music Dept. will be heading to the Great East Festival in the spring!
Details about the trip and a permission slip can be found by clicking

GHS PEP Rehearsals Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:30pm
GHS PEP will rehearse on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm. 
Group members should be downloading or printing parts to all music in the GHS PEP music folders on the website.
Audio clips of all our music can also be found on the site.
The fall football schedule is posted on the website.

Hershey Memories
Here is the video retrospective of the trip to Hershey PA.
Enjoy the memories...

Max Arnold wins Gold Key Award
What is the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers?
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, identifies
teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work
to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Alliance provides
recognition, exhibition and publication opportunities, and scholarships to further its
mission of identifying, motivating and validating the next generation of artists and
writers. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 regional affiliates across
the country to bring the program to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can
apply in 29 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have
their works exhibited or published.

The Submission Process
Students submit their works to regional programs of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its Regional Affiliates.
Students can earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
Across the country, more than 165,000 works will be reviewed by our panels of arts
professionals. More than 50,000 students will earn Honorable Mention, Silver Keys and
Gold Keys in regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2011. Works designated as Gold
Keys will be forwarded for national-level review in February 2011.

Regional Awards
                Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Gold Key works are
forwarded to New York City for national adjudication.

The Gold Key and Silver Key exhibit at the State Transportation Building will be hanging
from Monday, February 14 to Thursday, April 7, 2011.  The hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00
a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.  There are not Saturday hours or
Holiday hours (2/21/2011).  Groups planning to visit the exhibit need to call the office
to arrange an assigned time.

See the piece that won Max the Gold Key in the slide show found below.

Art All-State StudentsPosted: Monday, May 9, 2011 Discuss
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Max Arnold Wins Gold KeyPosted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Videos and Podcasts
PodcastArt I Self-portraitsPosted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Download to see full slideshow
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