Northport: A look at National Art Honor Society
The Northport High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society is coordinated and overseen by NHS Visual Arts teacher Constance Wolf. Wolf has been involved with the Honor Society since her arrival 20 years ago. Entering its third decade, the NAHS has not lost its vitality. With Northport’s new, Chairperson of Art, Julia Lang-Shapiro, 2012 looks to be a promising year for the chapter.
The Art Honor Society is made up of students who have a passion for Art. These students have both excellent grades and teacher recommendations. Many of these students go on to attend renowned artistic institutions such as the Fashion Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons, Pratt, SUNY Purchase and Cooper Union.
The National Art Honor Society allows these young artists to involve themselves with Art related activities throughout the community. Its weekly public open studio exposes students to new methods of creating art, while teaching them the history behind the method. Artists from all disciplines in the Visual Arts department attend the open studios and contribute their knowledge. At the studio, a digital photographer may show a strict painter how to enhance their image to create a more powerful piece.
One of the most anticipated NAHS events is the induction ceremony for all those who are given the honor of being members of the society. Senior leaders spend months creating a visually captivating ceremony. Each year the students collaboratively design and create a medallion, an invitation and an event program based upon a chosen theme. For the 2011-2012 theme, NAHS is going back to the dawn of civilization and rediscovering “Art as the First Language.” At the NAHS meetings prior to the induction, students will learn the art of paper making and casting. These skills will be used to create a medallion based upon early pictographs and Mayan glyphs. This medallion will be bestowed upon the incoming accepted candidate at the induction ceremony by the senior members of NAHS.