by Virginia Bradford, on behalf of the INK Staff
This issue is dedicated to all the INK editors of past and present who have contributed to our magazine, giving Thornton Academy a creative, organized way to “show off our talent”. In the ten years that Barbara Barklow has guided us editors to making a beautiful platform on which to showcase our artwork, a lot has went on behind the website, behind the social media, behind the colorful posters. INK editors have their own little world behind the magazine, in the INK club.
INK has evolved over the years— on our “About Us” page, it describes how we have put our magazine on several different websites, floating around the Internet in these ten years since INK began. Right now we’re floating around Weebly, but you can view an example of a past publication here.
One thing that has stayed the same, throughout all the years and platforms since 2008, has been the pure passion and drive behind the INK editors that keep this issue moving. We are Thornton Academy students, working to make sure we always get out the next issue. And INK Club has traditionally been a place where creative students walk in and out, showing off their talent and appreciating that of others. Laura Talbot, Class of 2013, reminisces on her time in INK as a place where she learned to open up and speak more often. She also fondly remembers looking through the submissions before publication.
"I affectionately remember sorting through the newest submissions for INK and navigating Weebly to edit the official website. Every meeting we got to learn about and admire the hidden talents of our peers and to share their wonderful creativity on a wider platform."
There has been a lot of work involved in the creation of INK— many meetings, many different places to meet— but there has also been significant fun. There have been publication parties with cupcakes, lots of laughs and joyful conversation between hard-working individuals with a love for art in common. Sean Speckin writes, “Our team went from strangers to a well-oiled machine and, after two years, a family.” His full essay can be read here.
One of the INK founding members, Carly McCarthy '10, also contacted us during the making of this issue, describing how INK helped foster her creativity, and that she is "incredibly proud of how far it's come, and how hard its staff work to share Thornton Academy's creativity with the world". (McCarthy was the member who first expressed an interest in creating an arts and literature magazine at TA.)
INK has, for many of these alumni, been a short stop on the way to a creative career. Many of the skills involved with putting out the issues and bringing all the work together— writing essays, fixing mistakes, and making sure people submit their work at all— have also shown to be valuable skills in the career-minded world. One former member cites INK as the reason for eventually becoming a marketing director for a major Oklahoma newspaper company.
These 10 years of INK show just how dedicated and passionate all our INK editors, whether current students or alumni, have been to showing off TA talent, and how devoted Barbara Barklow has been to helping us along the way. We are proud to present our Spring 2018 issue of INK.
Comments courtesy of the December INK Poll
by Virginia Bradford on behalf of the INK Staff
When I first heard about the art in the gallery that had been vandalized, I was in Printmaking, hearing stories of ruined artwork meant for college portfolios, and feeling upset as I carved out triangular shapes in my Durer-inspired print. I heard that the AP Art chalk drawings had been smudged by somebody walking through the hallway, and everybody sounded so resigned and upset and angry, as if there was nothing that could be done about it.
Art is one of the best things ever invented, I think. Creativity, and the ability to hold onto some childlike wonder and imagination, and apply it to the surrounding environment, is something that should not be wasted. Artists are a special kind of people, whether they are writing or drawing, composing music or modern dancing, or anything in between.
I joined the INK staff because I find it fascinating to see people’s creativity, and to be a part of a team that can share TA’s most talented people with the world. There’s nothing like opening the submissions box the week before a new issue and hearing a song somebody made on SoundCloud, or a series of black-and-white photos, each one better than the last. It makes me appreciate Thornton Academy and all the people who are bound to be somebody.
My fellow editors feel the same way about art. Bree (Brianna Berube ‘20) says that, in response to what she likes about art, “Art is commonly misinterpreted in today's society. I believe that it is more than a hobby, more than a form of entertainment, more than just something pleasing to the senses. Art is the manifestation of the human soul. It is a window into the heart of mankind, and to me that is invaluable. It reflects cultures and experiences that are rich and emotional; art allows us to stay in touch with and understand our human nature.”
When I asked another editor, Jake (Jacob Repucci ‘19), in Advisory last week, he said, “I don’t know, I like telling stories and art is a way to get the stories in my head out Into the world, I suppose.” We made our National Novel Writing Day post using his notebook paper, before he wrote his 50,000 word novel all in the month of November.
All of us INK editors are INK editors because we love and appreciate art and the Thornton Academy art community, in all of its shapes and forms and varieties. We are editors, but we ourselves are also writers and artists and musicians. The art gallery vandalism, as upsetting as it was for so many, only made us appreciate what art really means to us— as well as to the TA community.
It inspired us to make a statement, by dedicating this December 2017 issue to our own AP Art Class, and all the Thornton Academy artists that make INK so enjoyable.
There were hundreds of visitors from all over the world waiting in front of the museum when I arrived there in the early morning. We all be here for the same reason—to visit one of the largest art museums in the world— the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Ballet dancers by Edgar Degas attracted my eyes, because they are so lively in terms of composition and movements. Degas was a French artist who was famous for his rendition of dancers. I also love a sculpture by him called Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. This sculpture was controversial when it was fist shown in Paris, critics considered the girl as “a deliberate image of ugliness”. Unlike older arts were made, the girl’s arms are taut, and the legs are quite twisted round, and there is tension in the pose. Degas didn’t idealize the girl; he just left the way it is, which is the reason why I particularly love this one.
Over six hours of visiting, I can see why the Met is one of the greatest and finest art museums in the world. No only because it has the world’s greatest collections, but also the architecture, the arrangements, the lighting. I have been to many other museums before, the lighting in some exhibition room were so dark that I could barely see the exhibits or descriptions. The lighting in the Met is not bright enough to hurt the exhibits, but visitors can clearly see everything. The color of wall papers perfectly match with the exhibits, all those little details like that make the Met a great museum.
The Met has great variety of exhibitions, from the 19th century European sculptures to ancient Iranian daggers, I had truly experienced different cultures and arts in these hours. I have already started to look forward to meet with the Met again.
The Well is a written and visual commentary that focuses on reviews of the arts at Thornton Academy and the greater community. With the help of Ink's publication staff, The Well exists to both inform the readers about our arts and literature events, but to also collect the ideas and opinions of the students it is meant to enlighten.