Chantalle VanPutten has been taking classes at the Art School for the last six years, since the Honolulu Museum of Art School began its partnership with the public e-charter school Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA). Chantalle has taken more than 15 classes, in mixed-media, ceramics, fiber, photography, and drawing and painting. But it was the metals course that really captured Chantalle’s interest. “Metal is ultimately the strongest and the most forgiving,” says Chantalle.

Seniors at MBTA have the option of participating in a final senior project, for which they get to choose the subject. The goal of the project is to have students problem solve and collaborate. They must work with a mentor and check in with MBTA counselors. For her project, Chantalle chose to create a metal sculpture that interprets the MBTA logo, and asked Honolulu Museum of Art School metals instructor Cynthia Wiig to serve as her mentor. For the past year, Chantalle has been a fixture in the Art School, diligently working on her sculpture.

Chantalle and her Art School Mentor, Cynthia Wiig

Chantalle and her Art School Mentor, Cynthia Wiig

Chantalle recently presented her final project and process to a panel, as well as families and friends of MBTA. It was a pleasure to see Chantalle’s ideas and Art School experiences come together in her presentation. Her work is now on view at MBTA’s downtown location, on the second floor of the Laniakea YWCA.

Chantalle Sculpture