Art class enters to win $50,000 for La Serna art program


Ashley Lord, The Freelancer

Sydney Solano, junior, paints a Vans shoe for the Vans art scholarship.

Ashley Lord, Features Editor

Friday, April 8, Michelle Patino’s art class submitted photos of four designed pairs of Vans Custom Culture shoes competition to win $50,000 in funding for La Serna’s art program.

According to Patino, there are four categories: art, music, local culture and flavor, and sports. The winning school receives $50,000 for its art program and the student who created the best design receives a full ride to Laguna College of Art and Design.

After entering the competition, Vans sent four pairs of blank, white canvas shoes to design including: Slip-On, Authentics, Sk8-His, and 106s. Vans also sent along fabric markers to design with. Students used graphite, Prisma colored pencils, fabric markers, and acrylic paint to name a few mediums.

One junior, Sydney Solano, took part in painting a pair of shoes with acrylic paint. “I was in charge of painting things that represent Whittier. Nixon went to Whittier College and I decided to paint Nixon,” Solano said. She painted Nixon on the tongue of one of the local culture and flavor shoes wearing a Whittier shirt.

Other shoes included band names and logos to represent music, famous paintings by various artists to represent art, and famous sports players to represent the sports theme.

When submissions were sent in, an internal team voted on the top 50 submissions. The top 10 schools from each region will be put out for a public vote. The top 5 finalists from the public and internal votes are selected to join the final event in June to select the Grand Prize Winner.

Unfortunately, La Serna was not chosen to be in the Top 50 submissions. Had La Serna won, the money would have went towards the art program. “I would get canvases, more easels, more brushes, Prisma colored pencil sets. . . just a continual ongoing supply of nice quality materials for students to work with,” Patino said. Perhaps La Serna can try again next year.