Article by Grace Payne. Photos provided by Simon Haupt
With the excitement of the ArtQuest Dance Company performing at rallies and highly publicized AQ Drama performances, it can be easy to overlook the AP Art class. It is not often discussed on campus, but it is just as interesting and worth attention. As the end of the year approaches, AP students are gearing up for their final exams. AP Art students are putting together art portfolios that are due in May. Here at Santa Rosa High School, the AP Art teacher is Brooke Delello.
The art portfolios are curated collections of work consisting of Sustained Investigation and Selected Works. The first section of the portfolio, Sustained Investigation, includes 15 digital images that are worth 60 percent of the portfolio grade. The second part, Selected Works, makes up 40 percent of the grade and consists of five works.
When asked what he was most proud of in his portfolio, senior Simon Haupt said, “I’m proud of all the new skills and techniques I’ve learned in order to develop my ideas better for my portfolio. I’ve been in VFA [Visual Fine Arts] this whole time so it’s been so interesting branching out to different mediums as part of the portfolio.” However, there is a lot of hard work that has to be done to reach these artistic feats. When asked how the process of creating a portfolio is going, Haupt said, “This year, it was kind of hard to envision the final portfolio. We’ve been making separate pieces all year, but it feels like the final product is coming together, which is exciting but also very stressful.” Once students finish the portfolio they also have to write an in-depth description of each art piece. The only issue is that they are only allowed 100 words per piece and in previous years, it was 150 words. Despite the challenges thrown at them, students have adapted and overcame in order to express themselves through their art.