ger/mar 25 vase students
Six Mason High School students traveled to San Angelo on February 7, 2009 to compete in the Region 15 VASE competition. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. 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 a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work on a standards based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Only academically eligible high school students in grades 9-12 enrolled in a Texas public or private school can participate in VASE. This year there are more than 21,000 works competing to advance to state. At the state event artworks are awarded a Superior Rating and a select few are granted Exemplary Status with the coveted Gold Seal Award.
Two art students have advanced to the state competition. On April 17th Ethan Hudson and Ben Bjork will travel to the University of Houston Clear Lake for the state event. The students will have the opportunity to participate in professional workshops, lectures, slide presentations, demonstrations, and outdoor sketching. The event is intended to provide a forum for art teachers and students to meet and to grow artistically and personally.