Design Class Creates Video PSA Series for Teens Against Tobacco Campaign

Both videos shown here were created by students in my Advanced Design Class [PRP Creative]: Johnathan Frech, Abigail Stewart, Caitlyn McCarthy, McKenna Dawson, Jackson McNear, Evan Kowadla, and Kaylyn Wade. Original music recorded by Spencer Sandlin.


Students present at KY Public Health Conference

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This year, PRP’s Advanced Design Class [PRP Creative] tackled the issue of teen tobacco use through the development of a social media campaign and three 30 second PSAs. The campaign was created in collaboration with community partner, Norton Children’s Hospital, and students were mentored by Norton Health and Wellness Manager Jenita Lyons.

The work of the campaign was featured in April during the 2017 KY Public Health Conference, held at the Owensboro, KY Convention Center. PRP was the only high school represented among the many universities and colleges at the conference, and students garnered the attention of many health care agencies there. This type of collaboration is a key component of project-based learning in the classroom. Students learn hands-on skills while working directly with business professionals from within the community. Plans are underway to submit their poster to the CDC, as well as incorporate their creative work into JCPS Health and Wellness Curriculum modules.

PRP Tobacco Free Twitter


Skills USA KY State Championships

A huge shout out to the following students who competed in the 2017 Skills USA KY State Championships! Representing PRP High School were: Nathan Thompson, Patrick Cleary, Kaylyn Wade, Abigail Stewart and Cassy Hooper. Students competed in the categories of Advertising Design, Photography, and Display Photograph [State Only Contest].

Abigail Stewart placed 1st in Advertising Design, Kaylyn Wade placed 1st in Display Photograph and in Photography, and Patrick Cleary placed third in Photography. First place winners qualify to compete at the Skills USA Nationals in Louisville, Summer 2017

PRP Scores Big at Skills USA Regionals!!

Congrats to PRP Design and Photography students who participated in this year’s Skills USA Regionals, held at Sullivan College of Design and Technology:

Advertising Design
1st Place  Abigail Stewart
2nd Place  Cassy Hooper

1st Place  Nathan Thompson
2nd Place   Kaylyn Wade
3rd Place   Patrick Cleary

All winners will advance to State Finals in April, held at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, KY. Way to go Panthers!

Destination: Van Gogh

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I can’t work without a model. I won’t say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true. –Vincent van Gogh

A very special “Thank you” to the TARGET Corporation for the travel gratarget-logont allowing us to visit the Cincinnati Museum of Art to see the Van Gogh exhibit entitled: Into the Undergrowth in January.

In this exhibition, which was presented only at the Cincinnati Art Museum, students explored original masterworks of iconic Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries as they viewed authentic impressionist masterworks. Students discovered the artist through his own words, extensively quoted from correspondence with his brother Theo.  They explored narrative themes in Van Gogh’s work and compared/contrasted Van Gogh’s reactions to those of contemporary artists. Then, they explored their own reactions to technology innovations of today.


Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture


Following our visit to UofL’s Hite Institute, Ms. Wilhoit and I accompanied students to the newly reopened Speed Art Museum to check out the exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Students participate annually in the VANS Custom Culture Competition, so this show was a must-see for us! We learned about the history of sneaker design, and gained inspiration for this year’s contest. Afterwards, students had time to explore the Speed’s permanent collection. For many students, this was their first visit to an art museum. Viewing original works of art allowed them to analyze and describe what they were saw-the key to understanding art’s visual narrative!

Fall Trip to UofL’s Hite Art Institute


Students got a glimpse of college life last week as they enjoyed a tour of UofL’s Hite Art Institute. Ms. Renee Murphy led students through studios while classes were in session, allowing students to ask questions of students and professors. We also saw some familiar faces [PRP alumni who are currently students at Hite] and checked out some amazing student artwork in the Hite Gallery’s Print Exhibition. Best part of all? Introducing my students to not one, but TWO of my art professors at Hite!