BY SYDNEY WIDELL —
The AP Art room is warm and noisy during sixth hour. Even though class is over, artists are laughing from across the room, someone is picking a guitar in the corner, and art covers all available surfaces. These next few weeks are the busiest of the entire year for AP Art students; their 12 breadth and 12 concentration pieces and those taking the AP exam must submit their finished portfolios to the AP by May 6.
To celebrate their accomplishments this year, students will have a chance to display some of their work at the annual AP Art Night on May 11.
What we could do now: This year’s AP Art Night will be notable because of the tremendous amount of diversity that will be on display. This year’s artists tackle heavy themes. Clarence Corbett, senior, created art through different perspectives to examine cycles of hate, violence and love in a community, and challenges our concept of right and wrong.
Students like Cole Falkner, senior, explored new ideas by examining the concept of anomie, or the feeling of being lost, in his photography concentration. Students, like Marie Matthias, senior, celebrated the things that bring them happiness. Matthias painted watercolors of the people closest to her, and placed them in settings where they feel their best.
Students also worked in a variety of media. Andre Letourneau, senior, experimented with Manga, and is in the process of creating a fully functional graphic novel. Select chapters have already been published online and parts of it will be on display on the 11th. Hazel Pritchard, senior, combined photography with illustration to create portraits of her friends, and her whimsical designs are full of symbolism and insight. Olivia Loomis, senior, based her concentration on growing up, investigating themes like loss of innocence, leaving home, insecurity and angst in mixed media.
Lundyn Opuiyo, junior, worked with oil paints to create a series of portraits. She describes her style as more traditional, and her talent for detail is obvious in these paintings. Tristan Blum, senior, explores lines and draws on influences from art history, that he has encountered in and outside of class, like Pablo Picasso, and J A W Cooper. His concentration focuses on insecurities and images of home.
Other artists explored the world around them. Tyler Pelzek, junior, created a series of films that follow local figures, including his film “The Painter,” which was screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Jordan Terry, senior, explored women of color on their journey to empowerment, and Morgan Florshiem, senior, turned her visits to the senior resource center into an opportunity to photograph the residents and record their stories. She incorporates text and drawing into these black and white images to capture the wisdom and humor of her subjects.
Don’t miss your chance to visit the gallery and see this art on May 11.