The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. -Eisner
AMS National Junior Art Honor Society
National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) provides 7th & 8th grade visual artists with opportunities to explore personal artistic and creative passions while utilizing their talents in leadership and in service within the community.
Members enjoy a fellowship of creative peers, view works of art and media demonstrations, visit practicing artists and create original works through participation in “Art Attacks” (workshops, museum & studio visits) and “Art Camps” (independent study opportunities).
Application occurs primarily at the beginning of the school year through self-nomination and/or teacher recommendation. Member selection is based on three criteria--art scholarship, service and character.
Although the society’s activities are designed to be flexible and supportive of individual adolescent schedules, effort, regular attendance and active participation will maintain a student’s good standing as a member.
Using Talents for Community Service
Each year the 8th Grade members volunteer at the Octagon Center for the Arts Festival. Our booth, located inside the festival's information tent, provides a free service, "Baby-Sitting Bags" which allow patrons to enjoy the day hands-free. We also process all the exhibiting artists donations which is inspiring. Other service projects have included Face Painting at elementary carnivals and creating art for fundraisers.
Celebrating Student Achievement
A positive self-image is vital to a young artist's development, we strive to showcase members (and others) in various ways. We attend award receptions and host exhibits.
The AMS crew competing in the 2016 Emerging Excellence Pilot.
Making & Seeing Art
During the school year, members enjoy creating art through "Art Camps." Also, members have many opportunities to see art through gallery, museum and studio visits called "Art Attacks."