OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf High School student Amiah Lopez’s T-shirt design was recently selected by the community that allowed her to have her design screen printed on a T-shirt at Phantasm Designs in Ottawa.
Lopez, 17, senior, is the daughter of Frank and Steph Lopez and she worked on the design for two days in her art class. Her design was of a Titan holding a lightning bolt and on the back of the shirt reads “Once A Titan Always A Titan.”
She had the opportunity to receive a tour of Phantasm Designs and have her T-shirt design printed.
Lopez learned about how the process of making a T-shirt. Nate Huber, Phantasm Designs owner, explained that he had to prep prior to her visit. He then showed her how to print the design on the shirt.
She is enlisted in the United States Army and hope to make a long-term career out of it.
“I think that art is important because it allows me take a break from reality,” Lopez said.
Students were provided with details of the project the end of January. The outline for the project was to create a school spirit T-shirt using the school mascot, graphic elements or a layout consisting of an artistic use of typography.
“I wanted to provide the students with an opportunity to display their artistic talents and experience the process of an idea going from paper to a physical product such as a T-shirt,” Huber said.
There were 23 art submissions, and Lopez had a total of 115 votes.
Lopez was invited to come to Phantasm to learn the silk screening process and to print her own T-shirt.
Huber said he previously held the competition in 2013 and would like to do it again.
“It would be fun to have multiple schools involved in the future,” Huber said.
Laura Myers, OGHS art teacher since fall 2015, said Nate Huber, Phantasm Designs, originally emailed her about the idea in August of having students in her art class submit T-shirt designs. He followed up in January with some guidelines for the competition as well as a timeline.
The students submitted their designs to her which were forwarded on to Huber. He displayed all of the designs on Phantasm’s Facebook page where they were voted on for approximately one week in early February. There were 23 submissions and Lopez had the winning design with the most ‘likes.’
Myers said Lopez is deserving of the recognition.
“Amiah Lopez is a hard working student with an awesome personality. She not only excels in art but achieves high grades in all of her classes, works a part time job and participates in multiple sports,” Myers said.
Myers said art is so important for students to experience because it builds skills that they can use throughout their education and career.
For example, learning hands on skills, problem solving, managing time, experiencing success/ failure, taking responsibility, and having a relaxing outlet for stress are all benefiting aspects that she sees her students grow with everyday.
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