Student draws on her passion for art to prepare for college

By Nancy Eagleton

Aspiring artist, Tara Remmen, poses with three Varela Vipers: Her two USA Tae Kwon Do instructors Master Edward (left) and Master John, who are Felix Varela High grads, and her painting of their school mascot.

Art is Tara Remmen’s passion. She will continue to add to her extensive portfolio during her art class this year as a senior at Felix Varela High School located in the Hammocks.
“I’ll be taking Portfolio Art this year,” Remmen said. “The class is designed to help you build your portfolio to prepare for college. I’m considering Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. I’ve been doing my research and this school has a very nice program.”
Remmen said that she has been sketching and drawing as long as she can remember and is never bored because she always has a sketchpad in hand. She enjoys pencil drawing and working with watercolors and continues to expand the media she uses. She also varies the subjects of her works, drawing self portraits, landscapes, cartoons and animals in her colorful artwork.
“Cartoon-inspired drawings are my favorite. I also enjoy working with clay and making collages using various materials,” Remmen said. “I try to draw a bit of everything in order to be well balanced.”
Her art often is displayed in the hallways of her school. She said she is grateful for the teachers who have inspired and challenged her.
“I’ve had some wonderful teachers during middle school and high school that have critiqued my art and have helped me grow and expand,” Remmen said.
Her artistic talent is not only visual, but musical as well. She has played and taken lessons in flute, cello and guitar. She said that she inherited her musical talent from her mother.
Remmen is the daughter of Carmen and Bob Remmen, a former South Miami police officer. She has a younger sister and brother, three cats, two of them adopted, and one rescued hamster.
Remmen has done volunteer work for the Cat Network and did her part for the organization by adopting her two cats.
She enjoys the Fashion Club at Felix Varela and recently started taking tae kwon do lessons with her sister and brother at USA Tae Kwon Do in The Hammocks.
“The classes teach such great family values,” her mother, Carmen, added.
In the near term, Remmen plans to sketch and doodle with many of her friends who also are artists and together they challenge and critique each other just to make it a bit more interesting.

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