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Lakewood High School’s Art Achievements

Lakewood High School’s art classes are proving to be a home of talent as students continue to gain recognition in various art competitions and exhibitions.
Iloa James | SNN Photographer
In front of Art Teacher Adam Turkel’s room in C Wing. The door is filled with African American idols and his student’s photography projects.

With a rise of awards and acceptances into many art shows, the school’s art department, under the guidance of Adam Turkel and Sandra Bourne, is making waves in the local art scene.

“It’s hard to pinpoint the exact number, but I would say upwards of three dozen students between me and Ms. Bourne,” Art teacher Adam Turkel shared.

One standout achievement was Senior Cora Ross’s success at the Gasparilla Art Festival, where she received the top prize with a significant sum of $1,000. Cora’s selection by the head of the art department was a huge honor, considering the festival’s regional significance.

The success stories don’t end there. Recently, four students, including two from Lakewood High School, were chosen for the 14th Congressional Art Awards at the Tampa Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, several students are gearing up for exhibitions at venues like the James Museum and the Sacred Gallery.

What sets these award-winning students apart from their peers? According to Turkel, it’s a combination of dedication, creativity, and a willingness to push boundaries. “They put time and thought into their work, focusing on detail and precision,” Turkel said.

When it comes to selection criteria, Turkel emphasized the importance of standing out. “Your work has to be above and beyond, attracting attention and deserving of extra recognition,” he noted. Judges follow a rubric, but ultimately, it’s the uniqueness and impact of the artwork that make award winners.

For aspiring artists, Turkel’s advice is simple yet profound: practice, practice, practice.

“Constantly evolve and create. Practice makes perfect,” Turkel recommends.

As Lakewood High School gets ready for its student art show at the Art 400 Gallery, excitement is detectable. Featuring a diverse range of artworks curated by the students themselves, the show promises to be a celebration of creativity and talent.

With a supportive environment that helps advance artistic growth and commitment to greatness, Lakewood High School’s art class should undoubtedly not be ignored within the county. As students continue to shine, the legacy of creativity and innovation at Lakewood High School is confident to endure for years to come.

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