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Mohonasen gets creative at arts festival

"I think the most important thing they said at the end was for students to be true to themselves and do what they enjoy," said Walroth.

Stephen Honicki, an art teacher at Niskayuna High School, has been involved with the festival for 14 years.

"I look at it as a way of celebrating the media arts and getting a chance for all of the schools that participate an opportunity to see what's going on around the area in either video or photography or computer arts," said Honicki. "This is another opportunity for the students who have the honor of having their work selected a chance to see a larger audience view their work."

Both teachers said that although advancements in technology have changed the work that is produced by students, it is only a means to an end.

"It's a personal vision and voice," said Walroth. "I think that the ideas have always been there and have always been sophisticated. They're just being depicted in a different way."

He said he believes the influence of technology over art has provided opportunities for students who may not have had some of the "drawing skills that other kids had," to manipulate imagery in a variety of ways through the use of computers.

"No matter what technology a person has to use, it's still about how to creatively and uniquely tell a story," said Honicki.

The festival has been hosted at Niskayuna High School for the past several years partly because of its gallery space, which is unique to many high schools.

"We provide a venue that other schools don't have the facility for or the space for," said Walroth. "It allows the kids to see their work in more of a professional setting, rather than just tacked to a wall. It's kind of a promotion space for ideas in general."

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