Camp Hill Student Artists

Camp Hill student art

We have something special for our May 2018 monthly artist series as we profile local student artists from Camp Hill High School.

Heather Taylor

Senior, Camp Hill High School

As I get closer to concluding senior year, I have come to a realization that my favorite media for art is photography. I love photography, and getting up close to various object to view things through a different perspective. I went to Niagara Falls in the summer and took pictures of nature from new perspectives. The picture of the rainbow, I used the panorama feature. I got up close to a leaf, or under a flower, or even through a spider web. The details in nature is awe inspiring! All of the photos that I take are on my iPhone 7.

I feel like when it comes to photography it allows me to feel like I have more freedom, because I could honestly use anything as my focus and make it look different by moving in various ways.

My background with art is taking elective art coarse to expand my interests, and I got started with the medium of photography back in 9th grade, when we were told to take pictures for an assignment. And ever since then, I have loved to take pictures more and more.
Photography helps inform that my viewpoint is unique to my style. I find that what I like the most about photography is that I am able to use anything as inspiration.

I think that reflections in water or any form of liquid is my artistic inspiration. I don’t really know what it is about reflection and water, but all I know is that it really intrigues me.

My favorite piece in my portfolio is called, “Minty Mango Mama”, it is the photo with the two drinks with my mother in the background. This piece is my favorite because I like the depth and the angle.

Heather Taylor art

The advice I would give to anyone just starting out with photography is that not every photo will be perfect. Also, don’t be afraid to get in weird positions, because by getting in different positions it allows the object to be displayed through different perspectives.

If you would like to purchase any of the pieces, please contact one of the two below.

Jay & Annette Taylor

April Tichenor

Audrey Hans

Senior, Camp Hill High School

Audrey Hans artIn my ninth grade course selection, sitting in the counseling center a week before school started, I remembered my previous art teacher’s message in my yearbook: “Remember to keep taking art classes! ~Miss Hilburn” I remembered my first art classes, piecing together ripped chunks of paper into mosaics and copying famous works of art into horrible, warped pencil drawings. I remembered folders upon folders of homemade paper dolls and their outfits, I remembered sidewalk chalk afternoons, I remembered clay pots made from mud at Willow, I remembered printing fish patterns onto t-shirts at The Homeschool Resource Exchange. This is when I gave myself a chance. “I’ll take Art 1,” I said.

Then, I made myself good. I always aimed to be at least as good as all the other kids in my class, in every piece. I was perfectionistic in my art—I did one drawing by fully filling in horizontal sections of the paper from top to bottom. That first year, I made probably only one or two good things, but my teacher believed in me, and I believed her when she said I was good. One of my pieces got into Artistic Expressions, the first show I’d been in besides school-wide shows. I decided to take another year of art.

The years after that were (are) for growth. An artist never stops growing. Trying new techniques, changing perspective, considering other ideas… I make art because it challenges me. Staring at a blank canvas, I don’t know better than anyone else how to fill it. I don’t have a process. Sometimes I know what I plan on doing before I start, other times I begin with no idea where the piece will end. With everything, it is important to accept change and learn from it. Often, the thing that makes a work good is the very mistake that I originally think will ruin it, because when I don’t care about a piece, it’s like starting from square 1: I can take chances because there is nothing to lose.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I started getting more serious about art in high school, especially the past 1 or 2 years. More specifically, the concept behind the geometric pieces came from a workshop on pattern that I expanded on in my freetime, and the fluid art came from wanting to try out a technique I’d seen in videos.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

In art, the challenge is always to control your medium and make it capture what you want it to. With my geometric and fluid art pieces, I play with control by setting myself a strict grid to follow or altering the paint with additives, making it harder to control exactly.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

Rio Saress, Mark Rothco, Nash Heff, Agnes Martin…

Audrey Hans art

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

Generally I like the fluid art best because it’s so fun and relaxing to make, but Labyrinth is also one of my favorites from my portfolio.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and allow yourself to take creative risks sometimes.

Follow Audrey on Instagram or contact Mrs. Tichenor-Holtman for inquiries/to buy a piece!

Joshua Goodyear

Senior, Camp Hill High School

Ever since I was a toddler I have always had a pencil in my hand, doodling ant\ing I could imagine. From there on out creating art has just been second nature to me, and it is something I enjoy to do whenever I feel like it. I have never been specifically talented in one sort of medium for art, but as I got older, I seemed to gravitate towards water color. The idea of it being very real but could be abstract at the same time always fascinated me. I have always been in love with nature, the human mind, and these complex ideas that can be simplified through art. I love how painting landscapes leaves it open to the human brain to interpret the meaning of. The idea of direction and uncertainty in life is something i like to focus on too as many of us are trying to find answers.

Joshua Goodyear art

While there is not a particular artist i have been drawn to, I have always been attracted to intricate landscapes and paintings of nature, along with abstract sculptures and pieces that leave the viewer up to interpret it. I would have to say my favorite piece is the water color of the road in the forest the slowly disappears. I think it’s very synoblic of a life that is unclear and following the road can lead to success, but it also represents the idea that you may go down a path and not know where it could take you.

Joshua Goodyear art

My advice to those wanting to pursue watercolor as a medium would be to not be afraid to mess up. I know a lot of times when during watercolor I have accidently make a brush stroke I didn’t want to but it ended up looking perfect. Watercolor is meant to be messy and abstract so why not have fun with it. While art can be very stressful sometimes, when doing art you should always have a good time and remember that mistakes just make your work a lot cooler and more interesting. There’s no such thing as bad art as long as you try your best.

Jerolyn (Jelli) Fleeger

Senior, Camp Hill High School

Jelli Fleeger artGrowing up, I was exposed to a lot of things that sparked my imagination. Whether it be the “Saturday Morning Cartoons”, or a Classic Disney movie, I had loved anything animated, and I still do. Nowadays though, in addition to watching cartoons and anime, I also create my own worlds and characters from my own thoughts. I have made almost too many character designs, and almost all of my art features these designs in some way.

I had always loved painting and drawing because there are so many different ways of doing it, and none of it is considered wrong. You can have a completely clean style, where everything is a perfect gradient and no lines are out of place, or you can have a messy style, where you use a palette knife rather than a paintbrush, or you can use all flat colors, and make it a more cartoonist style. I’ve found myself to be somewhere in between these. I often have a cartoonist-like style, but with a lot of shading still in the mix. I had often been taking up this style because of my inspirations, which happen to be either other artists that I admire, or from things such as Webcomics or Anime.

So I have a little bit of advice for artists who want to take on this Cartoonist/Anime/Fantasy-like style: Make it all your own. It may resemble something you’ve seen before, but don’t let it stay that way. Drawing with a reference can be useful, but once you do it once with it, draw it again without that reference. As you draw more, you’ll develop your own unique style, and this can be used for all types of this art form. Because in addition to painting, I now also do marker drawings, as well as digital art, and even sculpture (a little bit of everything, really). Expanding your horizons, and seeing what you like really helps, so just keep working on it, and don’t stop drawing/painting/animating, or whatever you do. Just keep going, even if it may be hard. If I had stopped doing art when it got difficult, I would’ve stopped years ago, but I’m glad I didn’t. Just keep at it and you’ll improve in time!

Jelli Fleeger art

I hope to be able to develop my designs further, and continue working in this genre of artwork. I love what I do, and don’t plan on giving it up any time soon, so maybe one day I’ll leave my mark with these creations.

Follow Jelli on Instagram

Natalie Blanton

Senior, Camp Hill High School

When Words Fail, Art Speaks

Making art has always been an important, and consistent part of my high school journey. Regardless of what was going on in other classes, relationships, or outside activities, art class was always looked forward to as a time to relax and refocus. I have always considered myself to be a very creative person, and through the arts I have been able to express myself visually these past 4 years.

Natalie Blanton art

Music is, and will always be my first love. Singing is something that has brought joy and purpose into my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. While singing is not innately a visual art, I find myself using some of the same thought processes in my fine arts classes.

Song lyrics tell a story. When singing, I can use body language and facial expressions to tell my story. When making art I try my best to have the piece speak for itself. . In some cases I use words in my art to help articulate my intentions. Some of my collages have printed words hidden between the images, and other pieces have overlapping redacted poetry.

Natalie Blanton art

My favorite medium to work with is collage. In each of my pieces I include the human body, and more specifically their faces to help communicate the central idea of the piece. The five collages hanging vertically to the left represent the five stages of grief. Each piece is different in color pallete, shape, and size, correlating to each stage. While the five pieces represent a set, the are each unique in their own way.

I find collage very relaxing. Scrolling through and picking out my favorite patterns and images from found magazines is almost therapeutic. Once I’ve finishing extracting the images I get to decide how I will arrange them. Collage is like my own personal puzzle.


1 Comment on “Camp Hill Student Artists”


    Congrats on a great body of work! What an awesome journey as you all find and express your voice as artists. Well done! So pleased and proud for you. Best wishes as you continue your journeys!

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