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Art Show Says Farewell to Seniors

The annual art show was held last Friday in the cafeteria from first to sixth period. There were around 600 to 800 pieces featured in the show.

These pieces haven’t been collected and put together in just the last few weeks. Art teachers Alice Lee, Christine An and Jessica Hayes have been assigning and picking from art projects throughout the school year.

“I actually keep all the finals so when we have the art show we can pull really good photos from that selection,” Lee said. “Then I actually ask my students to start during class time to help me start doing nametags and matting, and if I don’t finish, I do have extra credit for students who come in to help me finish preparing.”

Out of all the art in the show, Lee believes that AP Studio Art and Drawing III’s artwork take sthe center stage.

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“I think AP Studio Art kind of always takes the spotlight, mostly because it is created by students in an AP class, but also because those students have had more experience than others,” Lee said.

While the assignments for the projects have remained consistent between this year and the last, no two pieces of artworks are the same.

Senior Tessa Cheng had a variety of her art pieces shown in the art show, mainly those that she used in her AP Studio Art portfolio.

“One of them is a pastel piece: a surreal landscape where there are two people standing on a honeycomb structure,” Tessa said. “It kind of marks the end of my oil pastel era because for a long time I was using that and I feel like I wasn’t really expanding my horizons regarding what I was using to make artwork. I have started using watercolor a whole lot more and pen as well.”

Tessa has ambivalent sentiments about the art show, as it is her last.

“In a way, it’s kind of a relief from the AP exam because after the AP exam all the stress is completely gone and we all feel like we can make this our focus now,” Tessa said. “But, seen as how it’s our last show of the year, it’s kind of depressing because I … also enjoyed helping Ms. An with the art shows and it’s always been a highlight of the Art Department.”

Leading up to the show, Senior Jenny Jou was not fully sure which of her pieces would be featured. She hoped to see the section of her art portfolio with works of art that were centered around a particular theme, which in her case was the the human body.

“For me, I would like those to be shown because that’s what I’m interested in,” Jennifer said. “We also do artwork with other ideas but they’re not ones developed on our own, so I feel like [the art section with art centered around a particular theme] is the most personal assessment. I would like to share that with other people. My theme ended up being showing the weirdness of the human body, and how it’s also a very strange thing, although it can seem normal at times.”

Jenny sees the art show as a good way to end the school year, not only for art students, but also for those who are not in art classes.

“I think it’s a great way to end the year for a lot of seniors, for there’s not really much going on anymore,” Jenny said. “So it’s kind of a fun way to sit back and enjoy what we’ve accomplished throughout the year. And for people who aren’t in art class, it allows them to see what the art kids who have been hiding in their room have been doing all year.”

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