WEB EXCLUSIVE In preparation for the art show at the end of the year, students in Advanced Portfolio II and Advanced Placement Studio Art have begun to brainstorm ideas for their final project.
Ideas for the final project include wrapping a bike with vinyl wrap, working with clay, photography, and sculpting with wire.
“I took art because I wanted to further my hobby of photography,” senior Amelia Estes said. “For my project, I am going to be focusing on three different mediums of photography — portraits, sports photography, and nature photography. I want to be able to express myself through photos of people and objects that have meaning to me.”
Students also held a class critique, in which everyone analyzed each other’s ideas and work. The critique transformed into a discussion on what constitutes and classifies art and the purpose of a critique, according to senior Elizabeth Worthington.
“Critiques can be very uncomfortable and can be a vulnerable place for a lot of people,” Worthington said. “The one thing you have to remember about them, to make them less awkward and hurtful, is that people are there to help you, and all criticism is there to help mold and evolve your artwork.”
Students will work with Visual Arts Department Chair Rachel McIntire and art teacher David Nyquist the entire year to create and perfect their projects.
“With the advanced classes, what is unique and what I really enjoy is working with a student’s initial idea and then working with them, to further their concepts and continue to build their work into a series and finally showing their work to the rest of the community,” McIntire said. “It is a nice gradual process where they are in the driver’s seat.”
Students are looking forward to displaying their work, according to Estes.
“I am excited for the art show at the end of the year because I want to have my art shown in a public place where all of my friends and classmates can see,” Estes said.