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.
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."