By Helen Zeidman
Mrs. Kelly McBrien had always wanted a club of her own. When she was in high school, she did not have access to a chapter of National Art Honor Society. So, she pledged to make her own when she got a teaching job. But instead of building a club, she built a family.
McBrien has been the adviser of the Red Lion chapter of National Art Honor Society for eight years. She is close to the members of her National Art Honor Society club, even going as far to say that they are a family.
“When I look at the members, we have athletes, musicians, National Honor Society members, and students that this is the only thing they do, I know that the thing that holds us all together is visual arts.” McBrien said. “This is like a little pocket of family.”
National Art Honor Society is a highly selective club, with less than 1% of high school students participating, that focuses on the key attributes of art scholarship, service, and character. The inductees are chosen by Kelly McBrien and David Hopkins, both art teachers at the high school. Induction for new members for this school year will be on February 7, 2016.
In addition to being a group of dedicated artists, the National Art Honor Society is also a collection of passionate volunteers. All members of the club are required to have at least ten service hours per semester, and according to McBrien, most students exceed that goal.
In fact, they have already participated in one of their many volunteer projects of the year; painting windows for the holiday season. The members are creating winter scene paintings for the windows at the Red Lion Community Building. These paintings will decorate the building in anticipation for the annual Breakfast with Santa and will provide holiday cheer until January.
The club is also working on another project to decorate around the high school. They are creating paintings to hang around the school to spruce up the older hallways and stairways.
With all of the volunteer work, artistic projects, and high standards for service and character, National Art Honor Society is a very active club. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s good work,” McBrien said.