Wednesday, April 18, 2012

North High School, Wichita, KS by vickylw
North High School, Wichita, KS, a photo by vickylw on Flickr.
I have always loved the Art Deco design of the high school my parents went to. Much more attractive than the larger East High that Bill and I attended. Built in 1929, it has tile insets & panels, a terra cotta roof, and sculptures of Native Americans and American bison. The same local architect, Glen H. Thomas, later designed a nearby bridge to match, which was featured in American Bungalow magazine.

Arriving too early for last week's watercolor class (which meets in a church nearby), I parked on a side street and did a quick sketch of the tower and part of the building -- now hidden by maturing trees. I added color later at home.

random sketching

Before leaving for class, I also did a quick sketch of Jack's Hamburgers shown on the left page, a walk-up eatery across the street from the high school which has been there continually since my parents' school days. I remember Mom taking me here as a child -- the first place I had sprinkles on my ice cream cone!


  1. Isn't it great how sketching makes waiting a good thing? Neat sketches, I particularly like the selective use of color on the school!

  2. Glad you posted them to our blog, too, Vicky. I saw them earlier today on the Flickr USK. They look even better on our black background.

  3. Beautiful, Vicky, both the church and your tea page. I LOVE salt and peppers like that, so classic. Perfection...

  4. Barbara, I actually look forward to wait-times when I have a sketchbook in hand. Very cool!

    Marcia, every sketch here seems to look better with the black background!

    (um . . . Kate, this is a high school, not a church. *GG*)

  5. Ooops, and I KNEW that. My brain went on a mini-vacation! I'll send you a postcard!

  6. Can't wait to receive that postcard!


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