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AP Studio Art Class Size

Jorgie Villalobos, Reporter

The AP Studio art class has doubled its roster since last year; with this drastic increase in students, the school may see a decrease in supplies.

“It’s exciting that there are enough students to fill the twenty four slots for an AP art class, but also overwhelming because it is like teaching twenty four different subjects,” NHS art teacher, Ms. DeLong said.

With the class size growing, so does the amount of artwork produced, and in turn the supplies get used a lot quicker and working space becomes an issue when the students have multiple pieces of all shapes and sizes to work on. There are a small number of high quality supplies that have to be shared between multiple classes and students.

In this class the students create a total of twenty-four pieces for the entire year, four concentration pieces (a topic that is focused on for the entire year that cannot be changed) and four breadth pieces (work that shows overall range and skill as an artist) each quarter, creating a portfolio for the AP National Exam in May.

“The breadth and depth of the content is rigorous and demanding,” explained Art department chair Ms. O’Connor. She continued, “AP Studio Art requires intense individual study, group work, and contact time with the instructor.”

Last year’s AP Studio class had ten students enrolled and this year there are twenty four. Former AP Studio student, Wiktoria Piktel (’18) had offered her opinion about this change. “It’s definitely a big difference from last year and a challenge to get ahold of the teacher, but she balances it well.” Wiktoria took both the ten student class and is currently taking the same class again to try and beat her score of a four out of five by getting a perfect score on the AP Exam.

It is very early in the year to get a feel of the class, but so far everything seems to be going well, the school has to see what happens when the art show comes around.

“Talent and art comes in waves. Last year and this year we had a huge amount of sophomores, juniors, and seniors with talent who possibly and hopefully want to pursue the arts.” DeLong said. She added, “I work with students and see what they make, and I wouldn’t feel right censoring their work, but sometimes I talk to students, and tell them it may not be student appropriate, and tell them that it’s important for students to express themselves, but sometimes school isn’t the best place, but I don’t want to discourage them to show it anywhere else.”

Later this year the school can come see what the art students produce at the art show.

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