Girl scouts learn of women artists at the high school

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  • Troop 619 Girl Scouts tour the murals at WMHS, escorted by docents Katie Schiller, Heather Piccoli and Christa Callamari (not pictured).

Provided by Jennifer Metcalf

— Girl Scouts of Troop 619 were given a tour through the high school by several art history students. The walls of West Milford High School are adorned with artwork painted by Art 4 students over the years.

“This is a hidden gem,” remarked troop leader Jennifer Metcalf. “There are replications of art from Picasso to Warhol, and there are sophisticated art students who can guide us to greater art appreciation.”

The Girl Scouts were working on a “Journey,” to understand the roles that women play – historically, culturally and presently. The Journey is a newer Girl Scout program, which asks girls to zero-in on specific goals. To meet this goal, the high school art teachers, Jen Monego and Cindy Gallaugher, worked with the art students including senior Kayla Osborne to create a walking tour focused on “Women in Art.” Seniors Katie Schiller and Christa Callamari were two docents for the scouts, showing them such pieces as Laila Shawa’s "The Impossible Dream" and Johannes Vermeer’s "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

The girls were thrilled to be taught by such role models as National Art Honor Society member Heather Piccoli. Scout Olivia O’Mahoney said,

“Visiting the high school and touring several paintings with Heather was very exciting," said scout Olivia O'Mahoney. "She’s even painting one herself this year!”

“It was so much fun to have the high school students give us a tour," added scout Kayla Sierra. "I learned so much from them about the paintings.”

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