AP Art Student Features

Blakely Harrison, AP Art Studentt

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In the AP Art class here at Houston High, the students work year-round on their
concentration. The concentrations include 12 pieces that all relate to some theme. The
students choose their theme over the summer and they work throughout the school year on
completing all of these pieces. These pieces and more will on be on display throughout this
month in the school’s lobby, and I would highly encourage everyone to go and take a look at all
of the amazing work that these seniors have done.
Here are a few of the pieces for a few seniors, as well as a snippet of their artist
statement from their collections.

Ella Kennin
“The vigor of the pursuit of creative passion has always fascinated me. There is a wild sense of
adventure that accompanies the exploration of philosophy, craft, and art. Each of my pieces
celebrates an individual I personally know and the fascination that drives their creative minds.
The individuals in this series have all captivated me when they expound upon how simple
hobbies have become a part of who they are. I not only praise them as creative people, but I
also celebrate and explore the passions in which they hold. With this, I display how these
creative devotions set humanity apart from the rest of life on earth. Passions are what make us
human.”

 

 

 

Alyssa Doyle
“My concentration explores the relationship between a person and the site of a traumatic
event they have experienced. Each piece falls into three general categories: flight, fight, freeze.
These refer to the basic reactions people have to trauma. Even with these broad categories,
every person’s journey is unique. All the portraits and stories are based of people I knew in a
recovery-based program.”

 

 

 

Katy Weske
“The central idea of my concentration is exploring different experiences during my time as a
gymnast. I used 3D figure to represent rigidity in contrast to a delicate and bendable and flawed
human. I choose not to include faces so that the emotion is not obvious and so that the viewer
can interpret it. I chose to focus on how a perfectionist mindset is unattainable and destructive.
I chose a black background to put an even bigger emphasis on the figure. I also. Included
stamps as a way to demonstrate a perfectly crafted letter as another way to include the idea of
perfectionism. The numbers also represent rigidity in achieving a perfect score or performance.
The gymnast is either reaching for or thinking about perfection in the pieces.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ella Garner
“My series is a surrealistic depiction of what life is like with various neurological disorders. I
used several symbols such as clocks, animals, and bubbles to represent each one in a unique
way. Hopefully after viewing my art, one has a better understanding on the topic.”

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