• School/Community Connections!



    Regional Reflections Contest Judging


    The regional director of the Reflections contest asked my advanced students to judge the regional art entries that had advanced from their school level and were potentially on their way to the state level. The students needed to be aware of the criteria for each category, and thoughtfully discuss and score each piece from pre-school through 8th grade, 2-D and 3-D, and photography. This reinforces our up-coming unit on artistic/creative cognitive & fine motor skill human development! Also what a wonderful volunteer effort of these students to use their knowledge and skills of successful art-making and visual thematic interpretation to help support this excellent contest that celebrates the arts!

     Reflections 1 Reflections3


    Progress on Mural for the new Hazleton Art Center

    Great progress is being made on the mural for the new Art Center downtown! The design was created by my 2019 studio graduates (in 2017) when they received 3 college credits through LCCC in a collaborative project with international muralist Mary Veronica Sweeney. Now, one of the students, Mariluz Rodriguez and Mary Veronica are working countless hours to paint the many large panels that will go together to create the 5 much larger panels of the design. Watch for its installation in the next few months!

    lccc ext Meriluz AL mural 3   

     Mariluz AL Mural 1  Meriluz AL Mural 2

    Originl artwork for our high school's annual Veteran's Day Community Breakfast


    Halle Vet 19 Karla Vet 19 Jenna Vet 19

    Halle McMinn    Karla Consuegra    Jenna Rossel


     Greater Hazleton Alliance for Progress Art Trail

    November 1st & 2nd

    This first-annual event was created to help the community be aware of and enjoy art displays and sales at galleries and a few schools around Hazleton. We were 1 of 2 schools where people from the community could come into the high school lobby and view over 50 works of art on display before heading on to the next stop on the "trail". I was here from 11-4 Saturday the 2nd to greet all who wanted to come and enjoy art from all of my studios.


    Custom-Designed/Painted Bee Hives for Local Bee Keeper

    (9/2019 to Present)

    Did you know that the latest craze among bee keepers is to have custom-designed/painted hives?! It's just another of countless examples of how art is something that we all crave to have in our lives! My students needed to understand that they couldn't use dark colors, or the bees would have difficulty regulating the temperature of the hive in the summer. We have 4 full-size, multi-layered hives underway! What a fascinating design challenge for my students!

    Hive 1A Hive 1B

    ( More photos coming soon!) 


    Pumpkin Painting for the Conyngham Valley Historical Society's Haunted Cemetery Lantern Walk


     Abby Pumpkin  Jenna Pumpkin

    Marizari Pumpkin Marizari Pumpkin2

    Halle 1  Halle 2

    p geez 1  p geez 2


    Several painted canvases for our high school's marching band competition show

    For our 5th year, we have been asked by our marching band director to help enhance the field show performance with set visuals. the theme of the show involved the artistic process of the painter! A few of my students designed and created several canvases in the idea of a painting in progress...incomplete phases, frustrations, and the finished piece.

    (Photos coming soon)



     Original work of art by senior Jhoschwall DeVargas were framed and dipslayed prominently on an easel at our annual Veterans Day Breakfast in the high school library (over 100 area veterans attend!) November, 2018

     Jhosch Pargma

    Marching Band Panels: 6 - 4'x8' mural panels were created for the marching band's field shows and competitions. The theme this year was Poe's "The Raven". 

    band panel 1   band panel 2

    Freeland Little League Sponsor Signs

    Another sign finished and a 2nd for the year in the works! Even more children now will be able to enjoy playing baseball free of charge in Freeland! This 4'x8' sign was created from a tiny business card, and is ready to be hung on the outfeld fence for the season! (A 2nd panel was created for DeAngelo Brothers, but we do not have a photo of that one yet.)

    LL 1 2019

    Fire Panels for the Junior Showcase

    Several of my juniors created 3 4'x8' panels showing fire for the Dance Studio's fire number in the showcase. The students were able to explore set design, and how the different areas of the arts explores a certain theme (fire in the Odyssey). 

    fire stage 1 fire work fire stage 2



    Marching Band panels (8 4'x8' panels to create 2 8'x16' images in Pirate/British theme)

    (pictures coming soon)


    At the Hazleton High School's 2017 Veterans' Day Lunch, a poignant and touching large work of art by junior Jhoschwall DeVargas was on display prominantly in the library for the guests to see as they entered. Jhoschwall created this piece in conjunction with his social studies class. He researched subject matter appropriate to WWI for this moving tribute.

    Jhosch WW1


    T-Shirt Design worn by the entire Arts & Humanities Academy on their trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Holocaust Museum, various memorials, art exhibits, and the cherry blossoms. Design by Mariluz Rodriguez

    mariluz dc shirt

    Junior Julio Rumaldo created the T-Shirt for the varsity swim team's famous "hell week" training time (almost every day of Christmas break for many hours...hence the name).

    julio swim shirt

    Freeland Little League Sonsor Signs

    4 - 4'x8' Sponsor signs were created to the precise specifications of the business. All logos/art/font style is given to the students by the business, and then we must design a layout that is easily read from across a baseball field. (Signs are hung on the outfield fence during the ball season.)

    LL sign 2018-1            LL Sign 2018-2

    pat sign         chickens sign




    Marching Band Panels (8 - 4'x8' panels to create 2 - 8'x16' images)

    Band panel 1   band panel 2 band panel 3   band panel 4

    Freeland Little League Sponsor Sign (1 - 4'x8' Panel)

    LL sign 17

    Collaboration with Traveling Performing Group "Artrageous"

    Students made music-inspired, spontaneous art that was displayed the night of the concert...along with a music video created in collaboration with the Career Center Videography students! They also attended a performance just for Academy students.

    artrageous 1   artrageous 2 artrageous 3   anna artrageous annie artrageous erika artrageous Izy Artrageous jenna artrageous Jonathan artrageous Mariluz Artrageous mckenzie artrageous

    T-Shirt Design worn by the entire Arts &Humanities Academy to NYC to see the Broadway Show "Wicked" and attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Design by Mariluz Rodriguez

    Mariluz nyc shirt


    Art At the Markle

    Many of my students participated in this wonderful, not-judged, community art show. The students saw their work displayed professionally in the amazing urban-loft setting of the 11th floor of the Markle Building in Hazleton. It was a lovely evening at the gallery, with live music, food, and many people from all over the area to enjoy art!

     acacia markle merilley markle markle 3 markle display mckenzie markle merizari cat markle

    Junior Student Teachers for a day! The Honors Visual Arts II class were invited to McAdoo Elementary to teach a step-by-step painting lesson on canvas in 4 classrooms to 3rd grade. Preparation involved lesson plans being written, completed samples created, and discussions of teaching strategy. It was so successful, we were invited back next year!  

    mcadoo 1 mcadoo 2

    mcadoo 3 mcadoo 4


    Window Painting in Downtown Hazleton (Representative Tarah Toohil's office, LCCC, the Chamber of Commerce, and The Shop 2)

    Acacia Window   Kayla Window

    Marching Band Panels (5 - 4'x8' Panels in Star Trek Theme)

    star trek 1    star trek 2

    T-Shirt design for the Hazleton High School Marching Cougars Band by

    Freshman Halle McMinn

    Halle band shirt


    Freeland Little League Sponsor Signs (3 - 4'x8' panels)

    LL 15 sign 1 LL 15 sign 2 LL 15 Sign 3 LL sign close 16

    Cafeteria Appreciation Day Cards/Posters (Personalized for every worker!)

    jhosch cafe

    Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy Logo Design created by freshman Kayla Leonard

    Kayla logo