Thursday, February 2, 2017

Welcome to Art with Meyers!

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My name is Erin Meyers, and I have been an art educator at High Point Regional High School in picturesque Sussex, 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 well as my experiences as a teacher, a mom of a HP student, and a community member. I can be contacted at emeyers@hpregional.org.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Remembering Michael Accetta

Michael Accetta (1991-2016)
Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Herald
Sending love and prayers to the Accetta Family. Michael and his sisters, Maria and Renee, were some of the greatest kids I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Micheal's contagious humor and outgoing personality made him a very popular guy in my classroom. May his memory live on in all of our hearts.

Monday, June 20, 2016

EmmaMae Sytsema Receives Art Scholarship

Congratulations to EmmaMae Sytsema for receiving a scholarship to take a course of her choice at Peter's Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ. EmmaMae chose to take a course in sculptural wood carving instructed by NYC Philosophy professor and artist Steph Rocknak. This is what EmmaMae created during her time there.
'Hand Carved' by EmmaMae Sytsema

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mindy Steiger - Senior Artist Extraordinaire

Congratulations to Miss Mindy Steiger, the High Point Art Department's 2016 Senior Award recipient. Mindy had an outstanding year as one of High Point's first AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio students, the Barbara & Ben Jones Scholarship recipient, and the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Award Senior Art Award recipient. Mindy was also the Senior Illustrator for this year's edition of Calliope. Mindy completed Crafts 1, Crafts 2, and all levels of Fine Art Portfolio. She is looking forward to attending Kutztown University this coming Fall, where she plans to study Elementary Art Education.
Barbara & Ben Jones Scholarship Award night
Kiss of  Death by Mindy Steiger

This year's edition of Calliope

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Prom 2016

As a teacher of many Juniors, (not to mention the proud mom of one), I thought it would be fun to post some pictures from the day of the prom. I have known almost all of them since they were tiny little friends of my son, Levi, so it brings me great joy to have them in class now, and witness them growing into successful young adults.
Chad, Corey, Tucker, Levi, Tyler, Logan, and Matthew

EmmaMae and Paul

Logan, Madi, and Chad
Levi and Sadie

Monday, May 23, 2016

Miss Kuzicki Gets Married!

Kelly Kuzicki, my dear friend and Art Dept. colleague, married the love of her life, James Shenise on May 21, 2016. Miss 'K' is now Mrs. Shenise. May Kelly and Jimmy enjoy a lifetime of happiness and good fortune together.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wecome into the the world, Sammy!

Congratulations to Corrin Bishop (2014) and Russell Kyzer (2012) on their new baby boy, Sammy, born on May 12, 2016. Both Corrin and Russell completed all four levels of Fine Art at High Point, and they were high school sweethearts. I taught Corrin for three years in a row, and she earned the Senior Art Award in 2014. Thank you, Corrin and Russ, for always keeping in touch and including me on your amazing journey! I love my new title, 'Auntie Erin'!
 Corrin's baby shower
Proud new papa Russell
Holding him for the first time!
A picnic lunch with my son Vaughn, Corrin and Baby Sammy


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ember Thomas, Cupcake Artist Extraordinaire

Vinny would be so proud!

Welcome Back, Hannah Aroune

A class party was held in honor of our dear, sweet Hannah Aroune who has returned to school after a lengthy time out due to an injury. We love you Hannah, and our Crafts 1 class was really missing one of our cherished 'family members' while you were away. Your light shines brightly!

Honors Fine Art Sculpture Students Create Paper Dresses and Gowns

The Honors Fine Art Sculpture students designed and created wearable dresses made of paper. The assignment culminated in a fashion show held in the library with a real catwalk, a full audience, music, and a backdrop with flashbulbs. More pictures to be added soon.




Sunday, March 13, 2016

Facing Racism: Collaborative Works for C.H.H.A.N.G.E.

Congratulations to our student artists who collaborated on these amazing works of art. The art will be exhibited at the Center for CHHANGE (Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education) at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. A very special thank you to all the students who worked so hard and showed such care, and to Mrs.Carolyn Acker and Ms. Lisa Hodgins for including my students and me in this worthy project.

Works by students in Literature of The Holocaust, Fine Art 2, Fine Art 3 Portfolio, and AP Studio Art
Alexa Carchia, Mindy Steiger, Emily Banas
Julia Pettenger, Selena Vieira, Jennifer Klosterhoff
Sadie Grau, Alysha Fluri, Leah Eddy, Sydney Andersen

Catie Esposito, Emma Mae Sytsema, Casey Langenbach, Dan Stoll

Alysha Fluri, Catie Esposito, Leah Eddy, and Sadie Grau

Friday, March 4, 2016

Love and Sympathy to the Donahue and Armstrong Families


Photo courtesy of Facebook
May the stars carry your sadness away
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty
May hope forever wipe away your tears
And above all
May silence make you strong.
                                                   ~Chief Dan George

Rest in Peace, Joe.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Power of PLCs (Professional Learning Communities)

I was recently interviewed by The Art of Education, an international online graduate study forum specifically designed for art teachers, about my experience of working within our art department PLC here at High Point. Click the link below to view the article.


Below is some of the work I created while taking two courses simultaneously in Studio Printmaking and Studio Ceramics. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have taken these courses with my dear friends and creative colleagues, Lisa Hodgins, Jeremy Dearolf, and Kelly Kuzicki.




Congratulations Fine Art Students of the Marking Period

Honors Fine Art Sculpture students Ana Kucinski (marking period 2 selection) and Riley Melone (marking period 1 selection).

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gotta LOVE those Paper Valentines!

Who says that art students cannot take a break from their projects to make gorgeous, handmade paper Valentines? Too often immersed in a world of technology, it did my heart good to see them cutting, collaging, and hand-writing such items of beauty. They were visibly happy and relaxed, and most importantly, they took the time to reflect on and value the humans in their lives who matter the most.


Mount Olive Invitational Student Art Success

I am pleased to share the success of our student artists at the 30th Annual Mount Olive High School National Art Honor Society Invitational Art Exhibit this evening, February 2nd.

There were FIFTEEN schools in attendance from Sussex, Morris, and Warren counties, Each school submitted ten of their best works.

Congratulations to the following students:

Leah Eddy First Place, Drawing/Illustration

Riley Melone - Second Place, Sculpture
                       Scholarship for Summer Program to Montserrat College of Art

Lexi Malavet - Second Place, 'Open' Category

Also exhibiting were:
Morgan Castro
Ana Kucinski
Alysha Fluri
Alyssa Merwin
Amanda Dworikoski
Joey Barta
Victoria Sforzini

Alysha Fluri 'Chair'