Visual Arts Scholastic Event Awards
Pine Tree High art students won a total of 41 Regional Gold Medals and 7 Area Gold Medals at the recent Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) held at Whitehouse High School this past Saturday. The following 7 students will continue on to the State VASE held in San Antonio, TX on April 28-29:
There were over 800 entries this year in Region 7, and competition was fierce for state. As a note, there were only 23, 2-D artworks that advanced to state in Divisions I, II and III. Pine Tree accounted for a QUARTER of the representatives in these divisions- which speaks to the quality of the Art Department at Pine Tree High.
The mission of VASE is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts by providing art students and programs a standard of excellence in which to achieve. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. A very select group of students continue on to the State Event, where students have the opportunity to win scholarships based on works they create on-site. Scholarships usually range from $100 to $1,000. Teachers are Wayne Gaddis, Elizabeth White and Mary Graham (department head).
Regional Gold Medal Winners from Pine Tree High are as follows:
Leah Martinez (won two medals)
Sophia Reyes (won two medals)
Sarah Harris (won two medals)
Natalia Rodriguez (won two medals)
Sidney Andrade (won two medals)
Sarah Mata (won two medals)
Welcome to Pine Tree Art
Pine Tree ISD offers art in grades 1-12. We offer a strong foundation program that culminates in high school with Pre AP and AP Art, AP Art History, Digital Graphics and Photography. We prepare students interested in a career in fine art by encouraging competition on the regional, area and state level at VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event).
Our high school Seniors also compete in Scholarship opportunities and take part in local students shows and contests. These students build a strong portfolio in art in traditional mediums, graphics, digital media and photography.
Our students historically have great success in all these areas including this past year’s VASE State competition where the following students received Gold Medals for Excellence.