The Artisan is a literary-arts magazine that showcases and celebrates the best of the literary and art pieces that students in our School produce each year. The Desktop Publishing class elicits anonymous submissions, selects pieces, designs each spread, and proofreads the magazine.
Our staff’s desire is to celebrate the gift of creativity and acknowledge that it is God-given. Art is a pouring out of the soul into a creative form. Art is a holy endeavor because it reflects the way God, the original and ultimate Creator, poured his image into us. Even as we create, we do so using God’s gifts and the mediums that He provides, and we acknowledge that we create only under his guiding creative hand.
Yes, we’re just a high school magazine, but we hope that in some way the pieces in our magazine give glimpses of truth and beauty. We look for pieces that are grounded in the concrete, but speak to eternal truths and make us wonder. We look for pieces that speak honestly about the human condition. We are young and haven’t experienced a lot yet, but we have much to express about the joys, longings, and sorrows of our hearts. We also have much to question and much to discover. We’re grateful that God has given us art and literature with which to explore these things.
The Artisan staff is glad to be a part of Alabama Scholastic Press Association. We enjoy the exchange of ideas that it provides us with other schools in our state. We have gained much from annual critiques that the association provides and from seminars at the annual convention. We have had fun getting to know other staffs and exchanging magazines with them. Our students have also competed over the years in the Emmett O’Neal Library Creative Writing Contest, Alabama Writer’s Forum’s “Literary Arts Awards,” the ACSI Creative Writing Festival, the Alabama State Poetry Society contest for high school students, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts “Write Now” contest. Several students have also been published in Southern Voices magazine. All of these contests have helped us hone our skills as well as see what other students are writing.
Mr. Jon Carter