Alternative art opportunities presented at Hereford


Sophie Shive

Encouraging words tell people to express their creativity, so others will do the same. The art wing hung up the sign on their wall.

Sophie Shive, Reporter

Hereford High School’s art program offers opportunities and lessons in photography, music, art, theatre, and dance. However, sometimes students can’t squeeze in the electives, or they just want to do more than what’s offered in class. Taking the step to reach out or find opportunities seems hard and even impossible. However, there are options at Hereford Highschool and even in the community that are open for artists.

At the Hereford school library students’ artwork is displayed. Even those who don’t take an art class can show off their artwork after it has been approved by Principal, Joe Jira, and Mrs. Manakil. People who like taking pictures could capture school events, like sports or shows, and give them to the performers and athletes. Additionally, Hereford has Clay Club, National Art Honor Society, Sewing Club, steel band, and theatre, which all offer further exposure to the arts. Those interested in open competitions like PTSA Reflections, BCPS Film Expo, and Scholastics Art and Writing Competition, should reach out to an art teacher.

Students aren’t just limited to Hereford Highschool. Sophia Hao (’23) joined a local art studio to help create her college portfolio. She also has entered a few bigger art competitions offered by Scholastic art, and even won The Gold Key art award, and third place in a coloring book contest. The website,, offers hundreds of free art competitions.

During the school year theatre puts on multiple shows. Students can work backstage or act and do not have to take theatre class. During the summer, Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, Artistic Children theatre, and District 7 give high schoolers a chance to put on theatre performances through their summer camps.

Social media can be used for exposure too. People who want to show off or sell their work can upload pictures on sites like Instagram or Esty for others to view. Dylan Heidel (’25) uses social media to sell his one of a kind jewelry and take personal orders. Artists can also view or reach out to other artists on social media. Henry Munro (‘23) writes and records music using drums, guitar, bass, and vocals, at home and posts them to his Instagram.

When it comes to art there are so many pathways, however establishing a name for yourself takes effort.

“It [recording and posting music] takes a lot of learning and time- can’t be something you kind of want to do,” Munro said.

Artists could start with odd jobs or reach out to companies and other artists. Although what’s asked might not be what you want to do, it’s part of the artistic journey.

“Don’t be afraid to take risks and learn new things, even if you might not be good at it,” Hao said. “Even if you think others won’t like it [your art] believe in yourself and in the end you will be proud.”

Hereford’s art program will continue to grow as more students participate. However, there are other options available for people who want to do more with their art.