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AP Studio Art Concentrations

Maggie Tattersfield, Staff Writer

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Although the Harpeth Hall Art Department has undergone great change after the appointment of Ms. Carmen Noel as department chair, the AP Studio Art continues to be a seniors-only class. Replacing Art II and Art III, semester art classes are being offered; students that have completed Art I can take Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, or Printmaking. In order to be eligible for AP Studio Art, students must have completed at least five semesters of art classes in the Upper School. Formerly taught by Ms. Rosie Pascal and then Ms. Marla Faith, Mr. Peter Goodwin and Ms. Noel have co-taught the AP Studio Art girls through a successful first semester.

What makes AP Studio Art different from other classes? For one, it is an Advanced Placement course, earning students college credits if they score a 4 or 5 on the exam. All students in the class will complete an AP portfolio, due on May 10, to be graded by AP Studio Art judges. The portfolio is made up of two parts: the breadth and concentration. Each student has already determined whether they are doing a “Drawing” portfolio or a “2-D” portfolio. “Drawing” doesn’t just mean pen and paper; a drawing portfolio is recognized as a collection of work in which strokes are considered priority over 2-D composition and vice versa. Most students in the class have opted to create Drawing Portfolios, but students such as Rachel Brown are including photographs, qualifying her portfolio as 2-D design.

Right now, each senior is working diligently on her concentrations. College Board’s AP Central recognizes a concentration as “a body of works that demonstrates sustained investigation of a specific visual idea.” Students in the past have chosen to concentrate on ideas or concrete things. This year, our seniors are concentrating on the below topics:

Adele Grohovsky is concentrating on “decay and destruction: the entropy of civilization and society.”

Ashley Zhu’s concentration is on “human connection: the joys of it and also its complexities. How people are connected, intertwined, and individual.” Ashley attended Governor’s School this summer and is using several of the pieces she created there in her breadth and concentration.

Maya Misra is concentrating on “magical creatures. The whimsicality of the creatures reminds [her] to stay a child at heart.” Maya has been drawing dragons since elementary school, and none of her classmates were surprised when she announced her concentration.

I (Maggie Tattersfield) am concentrating on 1960s politics and culture, illustrating both the beginning and end of the decade.

Mary Johnson’s concentration is “[focused] on what takes us places, shoes and feet, and how they have character and history.” Mary spent this Winterim doing an independent study in Studio Art at school.

Rachel Brown’s concentration is focused on important memories of her life. Rachel is including photos from photography classes she took with Mr. Goodwin, qualifying her portfolio as 2-D design, rather than Drawing.

Anne Elizabeth Blackburn’s concentration is “African animals and is based on photos [she] took while in Uganda last year.” AE traveled to Uganda during Winterim 2017 with Heal Ministries and her concentration is inspired by her time there.

Julia Jane Eskew is concentrating on human anatomy, inspired by her time in Anatomy taught by Ms. Keen and Ms. Perry.

Jennie Gaw’s concentration is on the imagination’s ability to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary. Jennie, along with Mary Johnson, did an independent study this Winterim in Studio Art at school.

Margaret Gaw is concentrating on cars. She is asking herself, “What is the complicated relationship between cars and their owners and vice versa? How have cars influenced society through their idolization, practicality, and effect on transportation?” Margaret got some great source images from her recent trip to India.

Maddie Miller’s concentration is focused on human form in nature.

The AP Art show takes place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and we hope you can make it to celebrate everyone’s hard work!

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