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Creating their way to success

On February 25, 2017, students from Dripping Springs High School will have their artwork judged at the Regional VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event), and potentially move on to state. They will be judged on their originality, precision and expertise, comprehension of state visual art concepts, and the ease of interpreting the intent of the art piece. Because of this, the competition will not be easy.

“We’ve always had at least one state each year, so I’m hoping we get there again,” said junior Cayla Gills.

Dripping Springs Students have a tendency to succeed, and that does not change in the realm of art.

“I expect a lot of us to get fours and some of us to go to state,” said junior Morgan Dunham.

At the regional level, art is judged on a scoring scale from one to four, one meaning below average and four meaning superior.

“We have a lot of experienced teachers and a lot of good materials,” said sophomore Royce Heflin.

As many of the programs at DSHS are, art is well run and thoroughly enjoyed by its students. When it comes to preparation, Dripping Springs delivers quality through its hard work until the end.

“We got the assignment in November, and have been working for a really long time,” said sophomore Vasi Bjeletich.

Because of the long time spent preparing, the artists at Dripping Springs are able to create pieces that are different from others in the region and state.

“We have a unique kind of style since we’re west of Austin. We have some of the Austinite culture, but we are also separate from them and have a bit of our own,” said Heflin.

In addition to being unique, artists collect their inspiration for VASE from all areas in their lives.

“[I get my inspiration from] anything I’m doing; any other curricular activities, any type of entertainment,” said senior Bryce Crane.

Although the Dripping Springs artists are destined for success, they would still like to see more participants in following years.

“I hope that through the next couple years, more people participate in Vase because it is a good learning experience,” said Dunham.

Wish VASE competitors good luck as they prepare for their regional competition and soon state!



Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

People of DSHS: Weatherly Sawyer

If there’s one thing everyone knows about Weatherly Sawyer, it’s that she is an incredibly talented artist. Even those who do not know her personally see her breathtaking pieces of work in the halls of our high school on a daily basis.

These pieces of art have been a part of Sawyer’s life since she was a child. Throughout her whole life any spare time that she’s had has been spent drawing, painting, or doing some other type of craft.

“I can’t really remember any specific instance that made me start liking art, I just felt the need to draw a lot,” said the senior. “I would draw pretty much whenever I had the time and then in middle school I realized I was fairly good at art.”

After discovering her potential, Sawyer continued to improve and harness her talent. It was through this process of elaborating her knowledge of the different aspects of art that she came to find her favorite aspect of it all.

“I enjoy imitating the colors that I see,” Sawyer said. “Like taking the colors I see in the picture and trying to find a way to recreate those colors in what I’m doing.”

Sawyer did not hesitate in confirming that she will be carrying on her artistic career into college and eventually settling down with it as her lifelong career.

“I’m thinking of switching into undergrad,” Sawyer said. “But I’m probably going to stay with bachelor in fine arts when I go to UT next year.”

Sawyer accredits that it is definitely necessary to have a good teacher to help show you the ropes of everything involved in mastering the vast category of art. With the right and direct amount of guidance it’s easy to improve on skill.

“Once I got into upper level art it was definitely very helpful,” Sawyer said. “I received more criticism. At lower levels people are just like, ‘Oh good job, that looks great!’ but as you get to that upper level you get more helpful and constructive criticism.”

Sawyer is an artist at heart and mind and is not shy about embracing her talent. She hopes that she will be able to continue growing and produce more art that impacts the people and community around her in a positive way.

Written by Kerry James

Staff Writer


Welding, a means of expression

IMG_2791The sun blared down on the handful of students as they envisioned their finished masterpieces and worked towards eventually bringing those mental images to life. Despite their excitement, the students worked with caution. Determining how much and where they should cut had to be perfect. One wrong step, and all of the work poured into constructing that one piece would be for nothing. After all, the most important parts of welding are precision, safety, and skill.

Dripping Springs High School’s welding course is open to all students and according to them, it is definitely a class to take if you want to go beyond what any DSHS art class could offer. The class is run by Calen Mcnett, the current Welding and Auto Tech teacher and is located in the Agriculture building. The process begins with Intro to Welding and after its completion results in a student’s placement in to the Advanced Welding class.

“The students learn all the safety regulations before they begin learning how to use the tools,” Mcnett said. “Then [the students] discover how to put those tools to use. From there, students can go on to build their own projects.”

Juniors Daniel Lawson and Mitchell Cragle are in the middle of building a twenty-six foot trailer while senior Caleb Beach is constructing a piece of artwork that Mcnett has said to be simply amazing. But, with such high rewards come some very high risks. All the students in the Advanced Welding class, as these three are, run the financial risk of losing about four thousand dollars worth of tools and materials should something go wrong.

Mcnett said, “not only are they just learning to weld, they are going into the entrepreneurial and business side” of being a welder. 

Welding is a tediously planned and highly delicate task. Every step must be carefully calculated in order to avoid mistakes and/or the destruction of what the student(s) may be building. The blueprints and measurements must be figured out before any welding may take place. This requires diligence and patience. However, the most important trait to possess is a passion which will overpower all concerns one might have about spending mass amounts of time on a single project.

“What makes me passionate about welding is all of the places it can take you,” Beach said. “There are so many opportunities  within the field.”

Welding is not just about the joining together of two metal pieces, though that may be its common definition. Aspiring welders will call it an art form, an exciting hobby, and even a dream job. All the students highly recommend the class to anyone interested in working with their hands or trying new things.

“If art class isn’t exactly what you want and you are interested in creating bigger and better pieces, come to welding,” Cragle said.

Beach, who is taking his welding hobby to the next level and pursuing the past time as a career says, “welding is great for outside of high school too. It can give you a lot of experience and good times which can eventually help you with tough life decisions, like what to do in the future.” 

To these students, welding is a class that builds one’s mental skill, level of patience, entrepreneurial skills, and provides individuals with a freedom to explore all forms of art.

Kerry James

Staff Writer