National Art Honor Society Kicks Off Holiday Season with Annual Card Fundraiser

Kayla Leonard ’20

With the holidays right around the corner, the National Art Honor Society, advised by Ms. Carolyn Ingraham, has continued its decade-long card fundraiser to take place during the Winter Concert on December 20th. This year, NAHS took part in a printmaking workshop from SCAD and welcomed a local businesswoman as a guest speaker to make this year’s sale extra special.

These festive and creative cards are designed and created by the NAHS members, with preparation beginning almost a month before the event. Once cards are made, the NAHS sells their finished products at the Winter Concert. The sales fund the NAHS induction dinner at the end of the year. 

Once approval from the Board is received, the card making process begins with the collecting of materials, ranging from watercolor paper to glitter. Each member is required to create eight cards: eight unique designs or a single design as a series of eight. Although there are two meetings per month, referred to as “Making Meetings” where members are given a chance to work on their cards, the NAHS members take these projects home to fully invest in their designs.

Ms. Ingraham gives students a great deal of freedom in their projects. “We have a lot of options of how we can go about the design of the cards,” said Sania Khan ’20. “So there’s a thrill in adding creativity into each one to truly make it special.”

On November 28, a local card designer and painter, Helaine Zwibel, who has her own card company Shoezees, attended a meeting and shared her journey as an artist. She brought her artwork and card examples and demonstrated how the students could transform their paintings into cards. 

“It was really inspiring to see how a working artist uses her life as inspiration for her artwork,” Ingraham said. 

Some students, such as Melissa Myrtaj ’20, applied Zwibel’s teachings to their own holiday cards. Myrtaj created a Hawaiian themed Christmas card after hearing the song, “Mele Kalikimaka,” Hawaiian for “Merry Christmas.” 

“[Zwibel] spoke with such passion and it was obvious she enjoyed what she has done with her life and job,” Myrtaj stated. “I enjoyed listening to how her awareness of her surroundings turned into beautiful pieces of art. I decided to bring that awareness into my own designs.”

A holiday card printmaking workshop, sponsored by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), also took place in early November and further educated attending NAHS members on crafting cards. Admissions representative Devon Lee demonstrated how to use a rubber stamp to create cards.  

“The printmaking workshop taught me a whole new art. I never thought I’d ever make my own stamp with my design,” said NAHS Vice President YeonJyu Kitahara ’19. “[By] going to the workshop, I found that it was possible for anyone to make a stamp of their own.”

The techniques displayed taught members how to simply stamp their own designed image onto cards, rather than repeatedly transferring the design, allowing them to produce cards much quicker. 

“The most exciting part is getting the overwhelmingly positive feedback we get from the staff, administration, and students; it makes all the hard work worth it,” President Bushra Choudhury ’19 mentioned. 

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