The AP Studio Art Summer Challenge
This past summer, the students currently in AP Studio Art had a challenge to complete. As assigned by Ms. Barnhart, each student completed 21 sketches, or semi-finished pieces, in response to prompts that she created. These prompts ranged from just one word to references to poems or biblical stories. The students had to address each prompt by spending between 30-90 minutes creating an art piece, and were encouraged to use a variety of approaches and artistic mediums.
The twist was that each piece had to contain a self-portrait, or an aspect of each student, and use the full spread of two pages in their sketchbooks. This challenge is also helpful for the long term; during the school year there are several homework assignments where students will revisit one of their sketches and make a final piece based on it.
As I am in AP Art again this year, I personally can say it was a challenge. At times, it was difficult to think of ideas for art sketches that fulfilled the prompts. However, I enjoyed the project as it helped me think creatively and prepare for this year.
My featured piece is actually two parts, “The Unveiling” and “Exposed.” These two prompts were meant to play off of each other. I had the idea first of a person with something in front of their face, then in the next piece it would be revealed that they actually had an animal head. Then I thought of a theatre, how the actors are revealed when the curtain is pulled back. So I meshed the two ideas together – these children with animal heads, being shown on a stage.
“Renewal” by Skylar Ding ‘18
“The Unveiling” by Evelyn Thoen ‘17
“Exposed” by Evelyn Thoen ‘17