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Fine Arts Student of the Week: Archer shows authentic artfulness

Brainerd High School senior Elizabeth Archer works in her sketch book. Archer was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work in art. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch1 / 2
Brainerd High School senior Elizabeth Archer holds up a page in her sketch book of one of her drawings. Archer was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work in art. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch2 / 2

Adviser nomination: "EB Archer is a very creative and gifted artist. She has taken every art class available at BHS. Collectively as a staff we agree she possesses a mature style and authentic artfulness in each of the mediums in which she works. EB's subject matter has a somewhat dark side, which often causes the viewer to take a second look. EB has a clear understanding of design, composition and art techniques. She is talented in the mediums of clay, drawing and painting. It is always a delight to see what EB will do with an assignment as she has a way of turning it into a detailed masterpiece."

Memorable fine arts achievement: "Winning Best Realistic Portrait of a portrait I did of Gerard Way. It was in last year's BHS art show."

Other fine arts activities: Choir.

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Elizabeth Archer

  • Grade: Senior
  • Age: 17.
  • Art focus: Brainerd High School art.

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Art classes you are in now: Artist books, painting and Pottery 1.

What is your interest in creating dark pieces?: "I am an emo. An emo is a person who wears black a lot and listens to a lot of My Chemical Romance. I get called an emo a lot, mostly by my sister. My interest in creating dark pieces is fairly recent, in the last couple of years. I like the dark colors."

Art medium you have not tried?: "I would like to get into fabric arts."

Favorite art medium: "Drawing because you have more control over your art."

Proudest piece: "It would be either my portrait of Gerard Way or Edward Scissorhands."

After high school, do you plan to keep up with your art?: "Yes. I want to be a comic artist and if it doesn't work out I don't know what I will do, maybe sell a kidney or something."

Favorite comics character: "Spiderman. ... I do like the Joker as a villain."

Where do you get creative side?: "My dad's side of the family. I don't know where I find ideas for my art. I like to make (my art) creepy.

"I like Halloween. I will dress up as a couple of things this year. For school I will wear a costume dressed as Gerard Way from 'Danger Days' and for the choir Halloween party I will dress in a cybergoth costume."

Favorite TV shows: "Dr. Who," "Sherlock Holmes" and "Supernatural."

Favorite book: "The Drifter" by Richie Tankersley.

Favorite subject: Arts.

Favorite movie: "Edward Scissorhands."

Favorite band: My Chemical Romance.

Sports/clubs: Art Club.

Favorite meal your mom makes: "Chicken strips."

Biggest pet peeve: "I have a lot. One is when people go thrift shopping and they go because it is trendy not because they want to."

Parents: Bruce Archer and Liesa Thill of Baxter.

Honorable Mentions

Isabel Haglin, sophomore, drama. The theater director stated: "Isabel has a tremendous dedication to the theater program. She is currently the understudy for Ginny in fall play, 'A-Hunting We Will Go.' Recently, I asked her to be an understudy for a second character, Madame Lugosi, and she immediately said 'yes.' Isabel's enthusiasm and positivity is contagious. She is currently going above and beyond to help out with the theatre program."

McKenzie Engebretson, senior, creative writing: The creative writing adviser stated: "McKenzie wrote an inspiring story about Jess Wales, a Brainerd teacher who has positively impacted McKenzie since she moved here in ninth grade. Every teacher should read and reflect upon this."