Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Welcome to Art with Meyers!

Hello! My name is Erin Meyers, and I have been an art educator at High Point Regional High School in picturesque Sussex County, New Jersey since 1999. I feel so fortunate to be able to combine my love of art with my passion for teaching. Please check in from time to time to see what is happening in our world class art department, as I share my experiences through the lens of a teacher, a mom, and a community member. I can be contacted at emeyers@hpregional.org.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

National Art Honor Society Induction 2018

We recently inducted a new group of student artists to the National Honor Society. We are so proud of these young men and women who have continued to uphold our high standards of character, completion of service learning projects, and demonstration of excellence in academics.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Senior Awards 2018

Congratulations to the following students for receiving awards at the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council Senior Awards Ceremony on May 9th:

CRAFTS: Lexie Haurey
DRAMA:  Andrew Wire
VOCAL MUSIC: Tim Fortuna
Kia Sabo and Lexie Haurey
Kate Cirrito

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Class Trip to Warner Art Glass

The students and I had a magical time at our trip to Warner Art Glass in White Hall, PA yesterday, April 23rd. The professional glass blowers kept the kids very busy during their Make n' Take glass flower-making activity, as well as cool demos both inside and out. Check out our fantastic photos:

Stand Up Against Hate Symposium

Earlier this month, some of my colleagues and I led an in-house symposium called Stand Up Against Hate. More than one hundred students were involved, and we hosted some amazing speakers. Please watch the video that recaps this amazing experience:

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lexie Haurey - State Youth Art Month Exhibit

Congratulations to Lexie Haurey for her selection to represent Sussex County at the Youth Art Month State Exhibit for her sculptural work. It was an honor to attend the Art Educators of NJ Reception at the State House in Trenton today, along with Lexie and her family. A special thank you to Mr. Jon Tallamy and Mr. Aldo Deodino for making the 2-hour trip to support Lexie and our Arts program at High Point. I am so proud to know that our administration recognizes the importance of, and advocates for, the Arts in our students’ lives.

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Course Offering - Visual Journaling

I recently wrote added a new course to our wonderful catalog of offerings by the High Point Art Department. It is called Visual Journaling, and I'm really excited about it!
This course will allow students the opportunity to express and chronicle their life experiences, emotions, and ideas in a sketchbook format. Through a series of projects and assignments, students will explore written art, printmaking, and collage as they relate to various cultures. Students will explore topics such as the alphabet, codes and symbols, and the art of poetry. Student projects will reflect the creative interpretation of the unique yet universal ways in which we express ourselves. This course can be for the non-art major student. No prerequisite. Grades 9-12.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Student Art Success at Mount Olive High School Invitational Exhibit

Figure Study by Morgan Castro

Quills of Quin by Audrey Permunian

Monday, February 5, 2018

Feeding My Own Creative Spirit - A Workshop in Encaustic Painting

I recently completed an encaustic painting workshop at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves the use of heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid, which is melted and manipulated with use of a heat gun, is then applied to a rigid surface, such as wood. I am excited to share my new knowledge with my students!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Congratulations to the Shenise Family

Baby James Kenneth Shenise was born on November 14, 2017 at 6:42 p.m. He is a perfectly precious little boy!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

High Point Artists Create and Sell Art for Charity

I would like to honor my amazing students who showed their truest sense of holiday spirit by creating and selling original art with the intent to raise funds for the charities they selected. At High Point's first annual Holiday Bazaar on December 8th and 9th, we filled a table with beautiful, handmade crafts and offered henna tattoos for purchase. All proceeds went to The Wounded Warrior Project, O.S.C.A.R. Animal Rescue, and our future High Point Mindfulness Garden Project. Thank you, students, for having such HUGE hearts during such a busy time of year, for raising over $500!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sculpture Students Study Land & Environmental Art - And Make Their OWN!

Okay, this is really happening during the school day, and the students might never forget it. We start out by grabbing our jackets, and exiting the building to the great outdoors. We head down the senior parking lot steps, across a practice field, into the woods, and down the X-country trail that eventually brings us to a most beautiful rushing brook. We sit as a group and meditate for a few minutes, becoming attuned to the subtle sounds and smells - the very essence - of the woods, the water, and the crisp air brought on by autumn. This simplicity is the springboard for the creative work, but first we decide to lose something. After mediating with our eyes closed, we discuss one thing we would like to let go of - maybe something that is weighing us down, even if it is something as simple as an emotion that has no known origin. From the group, there were offerings of worries over being accepted to college, relationships, and other things we decide we will, as a group, just let go of - at the very least, for this moment. And then it is time to create! Just look at the beauty that transpired after the class studied the Land Art and Environmental Art movements, and took a field trip to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. We also viewed the film, Rivers and Tides, about the life and work of Andy Goldsworthy.

The Jack O' Lantern Contest at Crystal Springs 2017

Our Art students participated in Crystal Spring's 2nd Annual Jack O' Lantern contest. Their creations were part of a group theme, 'Sugar Skulls.' Our school had the largest number of pumpkins, and a HUGE shout out to Mr. Tallamy, Mr. Deodino, and Mr. Parige for helping me to deliver them all!

Field Trip to Storm King Sculpture Center 2017

On October 18th, in the midst of autumn, we visited Storm King Sculpture Center in New Windsor, NY. We learned a great deal of sculpture history as we took an educational tour, and we had the opportunity to roam the 500-acre park and see works by world-renowned sculptors like Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Maya Lin, and Andy Goldsworthy.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Dale Chihuly Grant Project and Field Trip to the New York Botanical Gardens

In our quest to educate community members on our school's single stream recycling practices, we are currently working on a cross-curricular grant project that involves honoring pioneer glass artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly's work was recently on exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens, where we were fortunate enough to visit. The process of this project continues as we plan to create our own Chihuly-inspired works using recycled plastic and pigment, while the Materials Processing students are making new recycling bins for the newly designated recycling centers that we plan to place around the school.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Honors Fine Art Sculpture Trip to Luna Parc

Please click on the link to see our awesome slide show of our trip to Luna Parc, May 26, 2017!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fine Art Trip to Washington, D.C. - April 6-7, 2017

Please click the link to see a slide show from our amazing trip to Washington, D.C.!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sincere Thanks to the Rafferty Family

I extend my most sincere gratitude to the Rafferty Family, who generously donated a very large quantity of paints, glazes, and ceramic supplies to our students in the name of their beloved mother, Charlene Rafferty. Michele Wingle, Tara Buchell, and Shannon Fletcher, who are the daughters of Mrs. Rafferty and are all High Point alumnae, expressed that due to their mother's artistic talent and love for ceramics, she would have wanted others to express themselves too.