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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Upper school mathematics teacher Caren Furtado observes several works of photography and art at the Artstravaganza exhibits. Campus art and writing exhibition Artstravaganza displayed student artwork and literature from the past year.

Artstravaganza arts and writing show exhibits student works and talent

by Alena Suleiman, Assistant A&E Editor May 7, 2022

A gingerly cut wooden butterfly perches on a black stand. A few feet away, crawling vines wrap around the neck of a glossy pine green vase. These are just some of the creations on display at Artstravaganza,...

Shea Bryden (11) and Deeya Verma (9) attend the AP Art Exhibitions lunch reception on March 8. Each student in the AP Art classes picked out and mounted five of their pieces for the exhibition.

AP Art Exhibits display pieces from 20 students

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor March 11, 2022

Walking into the Nichols Atrium on Tuesday, instead of being greeted by gray concrete walls and empty space, you’d walk into an absorbing two-story museum of artwork, artwork painting the Nichols walls...

The androgynous children seem to belong to their own world, mirroring Nara’s own experiences of reconciling with himself. Nara’s paintings project a strong sense of solitary introspection, as if they hail from an entirely different mind—one alive with the childlike ability to lose oneself completely in a state of flow.

Off The Walls: Yoshitomo Nara builds sweet and sinister world

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

Why does Yoshitomo Nara’s work hold such an enchanting power to stick in the mind? Although at first glance the faces of his bulbous-faced, doe-eyed children may seem sweet and innocent, there’s something...

Art Club members stand behind their work after the completion of the Love Not Hate mural in Downtown Palo Alto on June 12. Club members painted the mural in support of the Stop AAPI movement and to show solidarity with the AAPI community.

Pulse of the People: Where color and paintbrushes meet local issues

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor June 21, 2021

If you were to walk down University Avenue in Downtown Palo Alto the summer afternoon of June 12, the streets would be filled with tables outside restaurants, families and many large canopy tents to block...

How to draw Studio Ghibli characters

How to draw Studio Ghibli characters

by Aastha Mangla, Asst. A&E and Lifestyle Editor June 10, 2021

With the joys of summer beginning, memories of nestling in my bed to indulge in Studio Ghibli movies to celebrate the end of my exams flood me. This year, summer seems sweeter after a year in a pandemic,...

Vidya Jeyendran (12) points at a piece of artwork to Fonda Hu (12) as they walk through the Nichols Atrium. All the exhibitions belonging to the End of Year Art Show are being exhibited across campus from May 7 to May 28.

Truly a work of art

by Aastha Mangla and Sabrina Zhu May 16, 2021

Two students step into the Nichols Atrium, looking at walls filled with patterns and colors. They slowly walk through the hallways and observe the black and white photographs, complex graphic designs and...

Now, anyone in possession of a device with access to internet connection can upload their pixel images and sell them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and anything considered to be “art” is done so in a highly subjective manner, but rudimentary pixel art created mindlessly within the span of seconds does not fall into the category of inspiring beauty or emotional power.

In the age of crypto, we must redefine the meaning of “art”

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor April 13, 2021

What is art?  For Marcel Duchamp, it was a urinal. For Maurizio Cattelan, it was a banana taped to the wall (in an artist’s edition of 3). But for Mike Winkelman, known to the internet as “Beeple,”...

Seventy-four upper school students received regional awards in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with the results announced on January 28. The Scholastic Art and Writing awards is a competition held annually in which students can submit various works of art and writing in a variety of categories.

Upper school students recognized in annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

by Isha Moorjani, Winged Post Asst. News Editor February 28, 2021

Seventy-four upper school students received regional awards in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with the results announced on January 28. The Scholastic Art and Writing awards is...

With our efforts, we can help stabilize the future for these beloved pillars of our community. If we all contribute our individual voices, we can create a stronger advocacy to support museums and taste the sweet results of our efforts.

The fatal future of museums

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor February 3, 2021

As I turn the corner into the expansive white gallery, a pastel painting framed in light beech wood catches my eye. Set against a clean slate of wall, Wayne Thiebaud’s “Dessert Tray” can be considered...

How to draw: Carl and Ellie from Up

How to draw: Carl and Ellie from “Up”

by Michelle Liu, Reporter May 1, 2020

In these troubling times, we all need a way to relax and take a break from the world. Drawing can help us alleviate the feelings of stress or confusion in our current situation, and everyone can create...

In its essence, art is self-expression — some art just happens to be shared in some way. But if this judgment, this value-setting is your main hindrance, then there’s nothing stopping you from the actual creation of the art itself other than your own judgment — which, given the right mindset, you can also make into an art piece. After all, judgment is a form of emotion, too.

The art of creating art

by Jin Tuan, Winged Post Design Editor April 27, 2020

So we’re all at home now, all day every day, sheltering-in-place. While we’re busy flattening the curve, we’re also encouraged to take breaks, play sports, do art, be creative. Have you ever found...

Students work on a watercolor project in Pilar Aguero-Esparzas Study of Visual Arts class. She made and mailed packages of art supplies to each student to help them continue their art at home.

Going virtual: How teachers have adapted hands-on activities online

by Brian Chen, Reporter April 26, 2020

Virtual dance auditions. Online orchestra practice. Mailing art supplies and lab notebooks. Conducting experiments at home.  With the campus closed and a shelter-in-place order throughout California,...

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