All boarding, grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia
"Art Pod" Club Offers Students Digital Creative Forum
Art Pod, a new student club, has unveiled “Superheroes in Our World,” its second digital collection of theme-based art. The series of sketches and illustrations depict ordinary people seeking justice or caring for others in a notable way.
“My Mother, My Heritage,” an illustration by Natasha Wanjiru '20, features a woman in a yellow and red African headwrap, her face drawn inside the outline of the African continent. “This woman is my mother, who is also my superhero,” reads Natasha’s accompanying note. “The design shows my pride for my home and my heritage.”
In “Their Tear,” a drawing by Art Pod co-founder Hayoung Lee '20, a woman cares for someone who is crying. The image is her representation of someone – perhaps a psychologist or counselor – helping a person suffering from depression.
Hayoung and Sylvia Yang '20 began the Art Pod this fall to give students a venue for art apart from the classes and exhibitions sponsored by the School. “Art exists everywhere in our lives, even if you don’t see it,” Hayoung says. “I wanted to make more people aware of that.”
Another feature of the Art Pod website is “Art in EHS Life,” which at present includes “Sentimental Snow,” Hayoung’s photos of the School under a snowfall and her discussion of the emotions attached to winter in art.
The club's online site hosts student artwork and also explores other creative forms of expression and outlets. In the fall, club members interviewed students on their insights into the first-ever Shakespeareance at Episcopal, and in January they interviewed students involved in the Manga! Club.
In addition to Art Pod, four more of the several dozen student clubs and organizations have online presences to showcase their work and efforts, all of which are included on the Clubs & Organizations page of the EHS site.
When Esther Kim ’19 left her small, predominantly white town in western Tennessee to attend Episcopal, she says she had little sense of what diversity means, or of its importance. Yet four years later, her work to make diversity a focus at EHS has earned her a Certificate of Accomplishment from the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations.