Lanna Read Honors Art III Portfolio

This year, in Honors Art III, I have learned a lot of new skills. First, when doing our charcoal sketches, I learned to trust my instincts and try putting whatever comes to mind down on paper. In doing my stained glass mosaic, I learned how to cut glass which I’ve never done before and really enjoyed learning a new art form from visiting an artist who works in it. In my final printmaking piece, I learned about shading and shaping in 2D art and printing skills. And best of all, in the puppet show, I learned about collaborative art and team work and the benefits that come with working together.

All aspects of Northwood’s arts department integrated in this performance. When the writer wrote a beautiful scene the artists created the costumes while the actors depicted this scene and the dancers danced beautifully during it while the musicians played their music accompanied by sound effects and lighting to fit what was happening done by tech which was all figured out and processed during blocking. This is what it means to have a wonderful arts department come together and create something beautiful. When all the pieces work together to create one tone and convey a message to the audience.

Working as a stage manager and seeing the pieces that we spent hours and hours working on come to life on stage and move in just the way that we’d hoped they would in order to show off all our hard work was an amazing feeling. The fact that the actors did such a great job at bringing these characters to life made the artists realize just what a beautiful thing we’d created and optimistic for the impact it would have on the audience and the children of LIV in South Africa.

The moment the video call started and the camera focused on the smiling faces of all those beautiful children hundreds of miles away was the moment that all the work paid off for me. To think that the few hours I spent having fun with my friends and working hard to get the show ready to perform was going to impact the lives of people who’ve lived through things I could never even imagine was mind blowing. I just wish that I could go there and meet the adorable little boy and that really cute guy who rapped and the girl with the amazing voice.


Lanna Read and Sara Jackson

Honors Art III - Burwell

Lindewe, the baby lion, was the main character in the puppet show, “One Home,” who traveled home to Africa after being imprisoned in a circus for her whole childhood. Lindewe means “the one who waits” because our baby lion had to wait so long to go home. In order to construct her mask we folded newspaper into precise shapes and put them over a cardboard armature in order to mirror the facial structure of a lion. Because our puppet was a baby, we incorporated bigger cheeks and a happier expression in order to portray the appearance of a younger lion. Our group then used Papier-mâché to smooth the surface of the mask before painting her face over the surface.

I worked on the construction (armature and features) of the whole lion family (mainly the baby lion), the father lion’s mane, and the ostrich’s construction, painting, and feathering. Separate from my two main groups, I moved around and helped with the rhino’s construction and various details of the costume design of Mantis, the lions, and Ibis.

My team did an excellent job working together. Almost every time that someone had to make a decision about a design they would consult the people around them and assign specific parts of the work to people who were known to have that skill from experience with previous art projects. We had disagreements between artists but they were always worked out well.

Lanna Read

11th Grade , Honors Art III

A Starry Night on the Edge of the World, Printmaking

My print, “A Starry Night on the Edge of the World,” is a metaphorical representation. The constellations represent the important people in my life and how they are guiding me, similar to how people use the pole star to navigate on the sea and the paper boat represents me being kept from "falling over the edge” by these important people in my life.

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura)

Katsushika Hokusai

Edo period (1615–1868)

ca. 1830–32

Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

My artist from history is Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist who worked in printmaking during the Edo period. His work consisted largely of landscapes and water which is what I intend to depict in my piece.

Pink Days and Blue Days


Steel, fabric, bone, mixed media

Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

"Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911. She studied art at various schools there, including the Ecole du Louvre, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Académie Julian, and Atelier Fernand Léger. In 1938, she immigrated to the United States and continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York." -

Louis Bourgeois uses the theme of identity in her works which is what I chose for the theme of my print.

For my project, I plan to depict an ocean scene in a linoleum print. The big idea of my work is “identity.” I plan to use symbolic images like the ocean, clouds, constellations, a girl, etc. to illustrate the important parts of my life that make me who I am.

Lanna Read

11th Grade, Honors Art III

Sailboat, Stained Glass

This stained glass piece is a depiction of a memory of sailing in my great-grandmother’s boat with my dad. This piece meant a lot to me as the sailboat has always been a metaphorical representation of my dad and recently it has been even more of one.

Magnolias and Irises

ca. 1908

New York, New York, United States

Leaded Favrile glass

60 1/4 x 42 in. (153 x 106.7 cm)

Louis Comfort Tiffany, a 19th century American artist and designer, was best known for his work in stained glass. Tiffany was originally trained as a painter, but when he was twenty-four he began studying the chemistry and techniques of glassmaking. He developed this interest in his partnership in the firm of Louis C. Tiffany and Company in 1881, providing interior decoration and designs for clients such as Mark Twain and President Chester Arthur.

In the making of my stained glass mosaic of a sailboat I will need to develop the skills of glass cutting and soldering, like Tiffany did when he discovered his interest in the art form. Many of Tiffany’s decorative works display scenes on the water with sky in the background just like I intend mine to. Using his work as references in planning out my layouts has proven very helpful because of this.

Models for an abstract body (after McQueen)


patinated cold-roll steel, cedar wood, low iron glass, hand blown and carved glass

65 3/8 x 30 1/2 x 19 9/16 inches

Josiah McElheny, born in 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. McElheny is an artist who creates finely crafted handmade glass objects then combines them with photographs, texts, and museological displays in order to convey emotions of meaning and memory. He believes that looking at a reflective object is a metaphor for reflecting on an idea and received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1995.

In my work, using the theme of “memory,” I plan to embrace Josiah McElheny’s idea that looking at a reflective object is a metaphor for reflecting on an idea or memory. The stained glass sun catcher mosaic of a sailboat which I plan to create is reflective of my memories of sailing with my father on my great grandmother’s red sailboat.

The big idea of this work is “memory.” One of my happiest memories of being with my dad was watching him sail my great-grandmother’s sailboat. I chose to depict this in my piece in memory of him. I started with pieces of stained glass and learned how to cut them into the shapes I needed with a small circle piece. After failing several times, I moved on to my final work of a sailboat.

Charcoal Automatic Drawing

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