Madrid Middle School Student Artists Honored

Madrid Middle School Student Artists Honored

     Madrid Middle School is celebrating the achievements of its student artists. The artwork of 13 students was published in the Fall 2018 Celebrating Art book, a publication sponsored by Celebrating Art and Blick Art Materials that brings together the best student artists in North America.  Additionally, 34 students were awarded ribbons in the Los Angeles County Fair America’s Kids Art Expo including 14 First Place ribbons and 20 Second Place ribbons.

     The award winning artists are current and former students in Madrid teacher, Sue Parszik’s art class. The winning artwork that caught the judges’ eyes included still life drawings and self-portraits created with pencil and charcoal, pen and ink drawings, watercolor art, and clay projects. The students appreciate the opportunity to take art class and express their creativity, sharpen their critical thinking skills, communicate their feelings and build confidence through art, and are very excited to have their work honored.  Parszik, an exceptional art teacher, and her students have enjoyed a long history of success over the years in a variety of art competitions.   

     Parszik is extremely proud of Bianca Villeda, a former student who promoted from Madrid this past June, who was accepted into the prestigious Ryman Program, a two year program sponsored the Disney Foundation for young artists.

     “Students accepted into this elite art program are usually in high school but this is the fourth time a student has been accepted directly from our eighth grade art program at Madrid,” said Parszik.  “We are extremely proud of Bianca.”

     Villeda’s application process for the Ryman Program involved submitting an essay, a teacher recommendation and a representational drawing by the young artist.

       Currently a freshman at Mt. View High School, Villeda started in the Ryman program this fall at the Otis College of Design.  She will continue in the spring and next year, equaling two years of free art instruction and all necessary art materials.

     “Bianca is one of the most talented students we’ve had at Madrid in recent years and I am so excited for her. She really belongs in a program like this,” said Parszik.

     During her time at Madrid Villeda had artwork honored at the L.A. County fair, receiving first place ribbons in September 2018 and her artwork has been published in Celebrating Art as both a seventh grader and an eighth grader.

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