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Scholarship, award helps student believe in herself

By JUDITH LINDER-ASHAKIH • Apr 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The public is invited to participate in the free opening reception and awards ceremony for this year's student winner of the Firelands Area Art League $1,000 scholarship. 

The ceremony, which will also award FAAL members for their art, takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Norwalk High School’s Ernsthausen for Performing Arts Center. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds are used for the scholarship.

Since Danielle Ashakih (NHS class of 2018) won the FAAL $1,000 art scholarship last spring, she has learned a lot about her goals as she attends her first year of art classes at Ohio Weslyan University.

"I think my art career has changed from high school to now. I've learned more about what field I want to dedicate myself to," she said. "I want an art major as well as a business major because I realized how much I love art and marketing."

Ashakih has found college classes are based on self discipline, and said "professors push you to go beyond what you might do. I feel you need to assign enough time during the day to be able to add work to your pieces, not just any work but proper work on your technique, keeping in mind what parameters the professor has for the interior of the art piece."

Small classes at OWU, with fewer than fourteen students in her class, time allowed for individualized attention from the professor. The first semester was all studio time about abstract art and pushing boundaries of what people consider art. She said among other projects, students worked with generative processes to create more material, making art composed of abstract textures. These could be "splatter, imprint on paper with stamps, charcoal, rubbing or cut up these to recreate a piece from all the items."

This second semester she is taking a digital imaging course which teaches how to use online programs to create works of art, as well as a film course.

"A good part of the class is color theory and indications of texture," she said, adding the professor is dedicated to the work, which makes the class especially enjoyable.

"I want to really prepare for when I graduate so I can go into the art world and support myself.”

Ashakih thanked the FAAL for her scholarship.

"(Thank you) for believing in me and my art,” she said. “It has really helped me not only financially, but to believe in myself. The recognition is greatly appreciated."

Another Erie or Huron county area high school senior will be awarded this year's 2019 scholarship at the FAAL Spring Art Show on April 5. Current works of art league members include jewelry and pottery. These are on display and for sale on April 6 and 7 in the NHS gallery and lobby. Sales from each yearly show are dedicated to the $1,000 scholarship fund.

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