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Opinion: A Story Not Told On Paper

I believe art allows students to swim through emotions, encapsulate sadness, showcase the beauty of Mother Nature and so much more.
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Simren Bindra ’27
Flavia Zuñiga-West ’02 demonstrates how to use an artistic spatula to her students.

Visual Arts is a prime source of experimentation at HW.
I believe it allows students to swim through emotions, encapsulate sadness, showcase the beauty of Mother Nature and so much more.
My beat assignment is to cover Drawing and Painting. I have seen that the lessons in the classes under this genre of art have captivated and nourished the minds of many in grades 8 and 9 to excel and allowed artistic abilities to thrive and personal outlets of peace to be filled.
This class is taught by Flavia Zuñiga-West ’02.
This genre of art involves two variations of classes which will help to expand your ability. Drawing and Painting: Technique is one option and the other is Drawing and Painting: Expression.
Technique involves expanding students’ drawing and painting skills and developing their realistic two-dimensional rendering prowess while Expression involves drawing and painting from one’s inner world where one can let loose.
Students who take this class say being in an art classroom is their expressive and non-judgmental space.
“What I am focused on is helping students develop their ideas and concepts to hone in on their artistic voice,” Zuñiga-West said.
There are many forms of art that students have access to, including photography, painting, drawing and sculpting.
“All artists can express themselves freely, there is no stylistic expectation,” she said. “I teach for artistic behaviors, meaning the student is the artist, and the artistic process is the most important evidence in student learning.”

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Simren Bindra ’27 is a first-year Spectrum reporter. Bindra is motivated by the aspiration to delve deeper and write about people and events that are in our school community. She’s heavily motivated by self-improvement and always strives to be a better version of herself, both for those who are close to her and those who she might be meeting for the first time. “You want to hear their side of the story. And I think it's important that you let people talk rather than doing the talking,” Bindra said. Her aspirations as a future marine biologist have also contributed to her fascination in media, making her feel a need to dig deeper into topics and ask herself various questions. In addition, she frequently explores the natural parts of the world on various trips with her family. She has been doing many different sports for various amounts of time, and has frequently excelled above her teammates, yet shown great compassion for her competitors.
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