National Art Honor Society
SponsorsKevin Whitley and Heather Hanline
2008 NAHS Sponsors of the Year
In 1978, the National Art Education Association (NAEA) began the National Art Honor Society program specifically for high school students’ grades 10-12, for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown and outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. For students to achieve high standards, art programs must maintain a substantive focus by choosing art content that includes complex problem-solving and higher order thinking skills, and serious alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development that results in student learning. Students are invited into membership based on artistic excellence, work ethic, dependability, and character. Each member must maintain a 3.0 average in all their Art classes. Seniors earn their honor cords for graduation by completing a senior project. Each student must have had at least two recommendations from the art faculty. The selected students will receive an invitation to join NAHS at an official induction reception.
Past / Planned Activities
As advocates for the visual arts, in the school and community, we participate in various community exhibitions and charitable events to provide a variety of art experiences. Each year we paint 50 artistic birdhouses that are auctioned off with the local Kiwanis Club during the Relay for Life event every Spring. We have worked with Verizon in a phone drive against domestic violence where as Verizon donates funds for us to create Art Project Bags for Children of Domestic Abuse. NAHS members also participate in the One Great Day of Service through Cumming First United Methodist Church in refurbishing and painting murals in the Juvenile Justice Center Counseling area for Forsyth County. As well as providing and giving back to the community we also find time for fun activities such as the annual NAHS State Conference which is held at various locations around the state. The conference allows the students to meet other artists from other areas, create in hands on workshops, and take advantage of many scholarship opportunities.
Locally, we have our annual Christmas party, End of the Year Picnic, guest arts seminars, and other fun activities.