Senior produces a magazine with staff of one

One of the art pieces made by Noah Grigni, which will be put in Fran’s art magazine. “He made it with with watercolors and ink,” she said. “It’s really good.”

One of the art pieces made by Noah Grigni, which will be put in Fran’s art magazine. “He made it with with watercolors and ink,” she said. “It’s really good.”

During her senior year, Frances Wilson decided to do something she has been interested in for a long time –produce a visual arts magazine. “I want people to see the amount of talent we have here,” Wilson said.

She began by collecting adds for the magazine. “I needed some way to pay for all of the color and the pages,” Wilson said. Not only did Wilson collect the adds but she also had to place them and the other pages containing art as well.

Wilson had little prior knowledge of Indesign and Illustrator. Yet, she did not let her limited knowledge be an obstacle. “I knew the general layout but just in case, I got two yearbook members to help me out,” she said.

The difficulties for Wilson did not only lay in the layout process. “I had to figure out which pieces were school appropriate, and fit in well with the whole layout,” she said.

So Wilson set up a review committee of three students and two faculty members to review the layouts. “I made sure not to pick an art teacher,” Wilson said, “I knew some of the students would not be comfortable with ‘artsy’ people reviewing their pieces.

Wilson did not let the difficulty of producing a magazine by herself stop her from reaching her goal. “It’s something Fran has wanted to do for awhile,” art teacher, Wendy Keith-Ott said. “She’s a very determined and hardworking girl. So I knew she could accomplish it.”

Wilson’s hard work on the senior project was caused by the passion she felt towards the message she wanted to send. “I wanted to showcase the art of students who had not taken art or who had only taken art one classes,” she said. “I wanted them to see what it felt like to get positive feedback on their work.”

Currently, Wilson’s art magazine is not yet finished. “I only have a few more art pieces to place,” she said. “The magazine will come during senior boards week.”

When the magazine comes Wilson will not have the luxury of publicizing it within the school because she is not doing this for a school organization. “I can’t place my magazines on the rack by the office,” she said, “instead, I have to pass it out underground.”

No matter the difficulty of the project, Wilson is happy to have this opportunity. “ I know it takes a lot of time to do my project,” she said, “but I feel glad to be able to do a senior project on something I love.”