Behind the scenes of AP art


Isabelle Keever, Copy Editor

Creativity, freedom to express what they feel, opportunity to learn and grow as an artist. AP art gives students the space to gain experience and create art for their portfolios.

Unlike Art I, II, and III, students are on their own and have more freedom in what they create.

“It’s so much harder,” senior Allie Pearson said. “The training wheels are off and we have full independence to build our portfolio.”

Pearson enrolled in the class to gain more experience for pursuing art in her future.

“I hope to prepare myself for taking art on the college level,” Pearson said. “I have plans to attend BYU and major in either animation or graphic design.”

Since taking Art I her sophomore year, she has seen herself grow and develop significantly as an artist.

“In Art I it was simply replication of pictures,” Pearson said. “Now I have the skill to fully express my ideas on the canvas.”

Similarly to Pearson, senior Kenneth Nhem is taking art to expand his creativity and capabilities.

“So far I’ve only drawn realistically so I want to use this year to practice more abstract and surreal pieces,” Nhem said.

Though he doesn’t plan on pursuing art as a career, his love for it made taking AP art an obvious decision.

“Drawing is one of my most favorite hobbies,” Nhem said. “I use it to keep my mind off things.”

Over the past three years Nhem has improved his skills and experiments more with different materials.

“I’ve picked up new mediums such as colored pencils and charcoal,” Nhem said. “I’ve also gotten better by adding more details, learning proportions as well as my lights and shadows.”

The class offers the more traditional mediums, like graphite and paint, but it also allows students to explore a newer form, digital art.

“I hope to delve a lot more into digital art and experiment with stylizing,” senior Leah George said.

George has seen her passion for art grow immensely since her first year taking an art class.

“Art has turned from my hobby into something I couldn’t live without,” George said. “The hard work and practice has helped me with technical skill and developing my own style.”

George was accepted to Texas A&M’s visualization program, and hopes to use her knowledge through graphic design.

“My plan is to get into graphics, concept art, or animation in the film industry and maybe game design as well,” George said.

Without the guidelines from other art classes, AP art gives students the materials they need to create what they envision.

“We have all the school’s resources at our disposal,” Pearson said. “AP art is such an amazing opportunity to do all the art you want, the way you want.”