Two Madeira girls chosen as finalists in art competition

April 17, 2014
"Equestrian Still Life" by Julia Mandel '15

Congratulations to juniors Griffin Ball and Julia Mandel for being selected as finalists for the Best of the Independent School’s Art Competition. Their pieces were chosen from two hundred entries from all over the Washington metro area.  

Griffin’s photograph, titled "Budapest," was a piece she worked on over spring break for her Advanced Photography class. Her piece capture's her subject from close proximity, but she has caught him when is looking away. “His placement in the corner of the image looking to the left on an empty train leads us to wonder what has caught his attention,” explained Madeira visual arts teacher Ms. Linda Northrup. “The composition leads our eye up and back from our subject to the two individuals in the back of the subway. Her image makes us wonder about her subjects, as they travel in this stark, and lonely environment.”

For “Equestrian Still Life” Julia used her Photoshop knowledge about the various brushes, tip sizes, and softness to create a photo-painting that looks very close to an oil painting. “Julia has a natural ability with Photoshop,” said Ms. Northrup.

"Budapest" by Griffin Ball

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