Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Welcome to Art with Meyers!

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My name is Erin McCrea Meyers, and I have been an art educator at High Point since 1999. I feel so fortunate to be able to blend my love of art with my passion for teaching. Please check in now and then to take a look at what we are doing in our world-class art department! I can be contacted at

Monday, July 6, 2015

AP Studio Art Now Offered at High Point

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching AP Studio Art beginning this September. This Advanced Placement Studio Art course is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the study and creation of visual art. Using guidelines established by the Advanced Placement College Board, students must prepare a portfolio of their best work to be submitted for discussion and evaluation at the end of the school year. Students will work in a variety of 2-D media, including a personal concentration of at least twelve pieces that focuses on a theme of personal interest to each student. To be successful in this course, many of the assignments must be created outside of class, and summer assignments, to be completed prior to the school year, are mandatory.
If you are a student who is interested in learning more about this course, then please contact me.

Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Senior Art Awards Recipient

Congratulations to Brittney Yarosz, recipient of both the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Senior Art Award and the High Point Regional High School Senior Art Award. I had the honor of working with Brittney three class periods a day, and she produced outstanding visual and written work in Honors Fine Art Sculpture, Honors Fine Art III, and Contemporary Crafts II. She is off to Fairleigh Dickinson University this fall. Best of luck, Britt!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nicole Mingle - Crafts Award Recipient

Nicole Mingle is one of those kids who seems to be good at everything! But that is not to say she isn't one of the hardest workers I know. Nicole, who recently graduated, was an exceptional Crafts II student, and truly a genuinely friendly person. She picked up everything I taught quickly and applied her new knowledge in the forms of monoprints, ceramics projects, jewelry, dream catchers, and stained glass creations. In the spring, she headed up a team of stained glass artists who constructed large panels that they retrofitted to the school entrance sidelights, another permanent installation that makes me extremely proud. Nicole won recognition in many area exhibits this year, and she was the recipient of the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Fine Crafts Award.
Original Monoprint, 'Craziness' by Nicole Mingle

'Everlasting Gobstoppers'
Here she is working on one of the school entrance sidelight panels - still smiling after all that grinding!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Caleigh and Lilah Mix Glass Techniques

One of our latest additions to our 'gallery school' vision was created by recent graduate Caleigh Gorman and incoming senior Lilah McNeil, both Crafts II students. They came up with the original concept of integrating stained glass and glass mosaic in the creation of their independent tree mural project. This work of art has become a permanent installation of our school, and can be viewed in the library.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mikey's Cakes

As I reflect on this past school year, I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Mikey Meehan and his lovely family for their many generous donations of cakes and baked treats. Mikey kindly brought in and left many delicious cakes and colossal chocolate muffins on my desk! Having a student whose dad is a baker definitely has its perks!

This chocolaty surprise was for my 25th birthday this year (I've been saying that for many years now!)
This one was the end of year celebration cake.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Wood Carver Jim Whitman Visits Fine Art Sculpture Class

Local wood carver, author, and fine crafts educator Jim Whitman was kind enough to donate his time, energy, and tools to our Fine Art Sculpture class this spring. He spent 5 class periods educating us on basic wood carving techniques, overseeing the students' own carvings in basswood, and sharing images of his own beautiful works. We are so appreciative of Jim's willingness to open our eyes to a whole new art form!
Original Work by Jim Whitman

Friday, May 22, 2015

HP's First NAHS Induction Ceremony and Invitational

Congratulations to my dear friend and colleague, Miss Kelly Kuzicki, who started High Point's first chapter of the National Art Honor Society. On May 21st, we had an induction ceremony and invitational art show at our school. The show was judged by representatives from universities and Peter's Valley School of Craft. Thank you to the talented student jazz musicians who added class and flair to our exciting event.

Mr. Dan Freel, NJ Herald Photographer

 'Carpet Stains and Window Pains' by High Point's Claudia Fasino
Mr. Jonathan Bowles, Rep from Montserrat College of Art

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Note to Self -- Put iPhone Away after Photographing Artwork!

What is it about seniors in May?! Picture about 50 more like this and that is what turned up on my iPhone one day!

You would think I would have learned my lesson after the 'Jackie and Jordan' phone-jacking incident!


Sculpture Students Make TRASHION

What do you get when you turn trash into fashion? Trashion! Just look at some of the creations. The students had fun wearing their art and had a fashion show in the hallway. Great job, everyone!

This skirt is made out of coffee filters!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Exhibit News

I am very pleased to share the tremendous success of High Point at recent exhibits! Congratulations to the following student artists:

Vernon High School Invitational
Bob Burghart - 2nd Place in Photography
Ryan Olinger - 2nd Place in sculpture
Nicole Mingle - 3rd Place in Open
Taylor Malavet - Painting
Claudia Fasino - Painting & Crafts
Jade Ferrara - Drawing/Illustration

Wallkill Valley Invitational
Bob Burghart - 1st Place in Photography
Ryan Olinger - 1st Place in Sculpture & Peter's Valley School of Craft Scholarship

Bob Burghart - 2nd Place in Photography 
Brittney Yarosz - Third Place in Sculpture
Taylor McKay - Third Place in Crafts
Claudia Fasino - Painting
Mindy Steiger - Drawing/Illustration
Jade Ferrara - Drawing/Illustration

Mount Olive Invitational
Ryan Olinger - 1st Place in Sculpture & Scholarship to Delaware College of Art and Design
Brittney Yarosz - 2nd Place in Sculpture
Bob Burghart - Photography
Nicole Mingle - Open
Taylor Malavet - Crafts & Painting
Mindy Steiger - Drawing/Illustration
Claudia Fasino - Open

Sally D. Francisco Gallery:
Peter's Valley School of Craft
Bob Burghart - Photography
Nicole Chirico - Ceramics
Claudia Fasino - Painting
Victoria Hennion - Sculpture
Ryan Olinger - Sculpture
Taylor McKay - Ceramics
Keely McGregor - Ceramics
Julia Pettenger - Crafts

Teen Arts Festival
Our school had over 40 pieces of artwork selected to go on to other exhibits in and around the area.

High Point Regional High School Invitational
Taylor Malavet - 1st Place in Crafts & Peter's Valley School of Craft Scholarship
Claudia Fasino - 2nd Place in Drawing/Illustration
Ryan Olinger - 1st Place in Sculpture

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our Gallery School Initiative

Please click the link below to see the slide presentation shared by High Point at the 2014 Art Educators of New Jersey Conference in Long Branch, NJ as a means to help other art educators find ways to create their own gallery schools. We are extremely proud of the work we have done over the years to spread Fine Art across the curriculum - and the campus. We have lots of new plans in the works, too!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Congratulations to Taylor Malavet

Taylor Malavet has been selected as our 2014-15 Senior Calliope Artist and Art Editor. Taylor, a Fine Art IV Portfolio student, has proven herself to be an outstanding member of the High Point Art Community. Her most recent work is her Self-Portrait with Bones, acrylic on canvas.

The Art Dept. takes a Field Trip

On October 24, we took an amazing field trip to the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1832, the Yale University Art Gallery houses an exquisite collection of ancient, medieval and Renaissance art, Near and Far Eastern art, pre-Columbian and African art, and European and American art. Across the street, the Yale Center for British Art, established in 1977, holds the largest collection of British art and illustrated books anywhere outside the U.K. Here are some photos from our trip.

New Online Art Gallery Forum - ARTSONIA

In years past, we have used Flickr to showcase our students' artwork, but this year we have made the switch to Artsonia, a student-based online art gallery. The nice thing about it is that students can photo document their own art with their personal devices and upload their work to a chosen exhibit. They also benefit with writing practice as they produce artists' statements for each piece. Artsonia also has an online gift shop so you can purchase mugs, t-shirts, and other goodies featuring your favorite original art! Copy and paste the link below to see more. It can also be accessed from the High Point home page under the 'Student Life' tab. Check it out!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marbled Paper Workshop at the Sussex Christian School

On September 29th, I visited the 5th graders at Sussex Christian School where I taught them the ancient Turkish art of 'ebru', or paper marbling. The students then marbled their own paper, which they later used to make hand-crafted owls for an autumn-inspired display. Thanks for having me, Mrs. Niedergall!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Back To School Night

Thank you to all of you who came out on Back To School Night, October 1st. It was wonderful to meet you and visit with some of my repeat parents! In case you were unable to attend, you can check out my presentation by clicking the link:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ryan Olinger - Sculptor/Welder Extraordinaire

Fine Art Sculpture student Ryan Olinger has been busy creating these outstanding sculptures in his welding studio. Ryan has a fine collection of works currently featured at the Wantage Library. Please go and check out his work. Ryan is happy to make custom creations, too, and has already completed some commissioned works for teachers at High Point!