Growing from coloring contests as a child to creating an art portfolio, Brainerd High School senior Kim Hyatt now spends a majority of her time in the art department.
Hyatt has five classes this semester in art and has become a leader whom others look to for guidance and inspiration. Hyatt is at the school until 5 p.m. every day working on her art and she was named Fine Arts Student of the Week for her dedication.
Hyatt's mother, who had a commercial art degree, got her into art at a young age. Hyatt said she and her sister liked art and liked to submit their works for coloring contests.
Hyatt recalls one project from kindergarten where she made a hand-painted green Christmas tree on red burlap with a yellow star.
This semester Hyatt was able to take all electives so she chose to fill up on art classes. Her classes include painting II, metal arts III, photography III, Advanced Placement art portfolio and pottery II. She also is in the school's art club.
Of all the art classes, Hyatt said pottery is her favorite. She likes to work in three dimensions. She does not like to draw and has not taken any drawing classes.
"I don't like detailed drawings," she said. "I don't like how exact it needs to be."
Art focus: Advanced visual arts
Art activities: Painting II, metal arts III, photography III, Advanced Placement art portfolio and pottery II
Favorite subjects: Art
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Winning the overall 3-D category in the 2003 Brainerd High School art show
Artist most admired: Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol
Favorite movie: "Zoolander"
Favorite TV program: "The Simpsons"
Favorite song: "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles
Parents: Forest and Patty Hyatt of Brainerd
Hyatt has taken a lead in her metal arts III class. Her teacher, Jennifer Cramer, is on maternity leave and Hyatt has been helping the substitute teacher with projects, as well as the students.
"She (Cramer) asked me to help out when she was gone," said Hyatt. "I show the (substitute) teacher the basics like soldering and casting first and then she can show the other students.
"I explain to her how to do something and then I show her. I don't like explaining things to people ... I'd rather have them watch."
Hyatt is the only student in metal arts III; the other students are in metal arts I. Currently she is working on a wax ring that she plans to set stones in. Hyatt plans to use the ring for her art portfolio class. The art portfolio she plans to hand in is based on 3-D artwork. Pieces she plans to submit include handles, vases, cups and a chair she painted. Once the portfolio is complete, Hyatt said a college art board will review it.
In her painting class, Hyatt is working on three self portraits, each done in a different art movement. One is done in a cubism style, where the details are reduced to a geometric shape. Another portrait is pop art, which is done in bright colors and is clean looking. The third self portrait, which Hyatt currently is working on, is a pluralistic style based on Chuck Close.
Hyatt said working on her art pieces has a calming effect on her and helps her concentrate. She likes to experiment with her art since there are so many possibilities.
When looking at other art projects, Hyatt said she reviews the piece and looks at what she would do differently and what she could do to make the piece unique.
Hyatt said being involved in the various art courses has helped her accept the different styles.
"I realize how much work an artist has put into their work and I don't just judge it on whether I like it or not," she said.
After high school, Hyatt plans to attend Central Lakes College and then transfer to a four-year college to major in accounting. She would like to have a double major in art if possible.
"I like working with numbers," Hyatt said. "I'd rather work as an accountant and do art on the side. Accounting is more dependable."
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