Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Getting ahead

Artists learn early the picture of art careers

Express Staff Writer

“Breadth” by Torrin McKenzie

    Being a successful artist doesn’t mean “create it and they will come.” To be truly successful takes a lifetime of organized thinking, that isn’t always fun, but essential.
    To better launch talented students beyond being a starving artist, Wood River High School two years ago started offering an advanced-placement art program.
    This year’s results will be on display Saturday, May 31, from 2-5 p.m. at 91 East Croy St. in Hailey, in the plaza with Atkinsons’ Market. The exhibition will include refreshments and live music.
    “Students in this class have to be highly motivated and have a strong work ethic,” Wood River High School art teacher Betty Ervin said.
    Advanced Placement Studio Art is a rigorous, college-level art class in which students create a body of art that is submitted to the College Board for review and scoring.
    Students choose either a 2-D or 3-D focus for their portfolios. They are then required to create 12 works of art using a variety of mediums and genres (portrait, landscape, still life, etc.), in addition to creating at least 12 additional pieces that demonstrate a specific area of interest.
    A pre-AP Studio Art class is also offered, which has fewer requirements than the full AP class.
    Students included in the exhibition are: Lisa Hart, Sydni Morales, Addy Gage, Torrin McKenzie, Mia Smith, Olivia Thornton and Wyatt Caccia.
    Other Advanced Placement classes offered at Wood River High School include: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature, AP Government, 
AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History and AP Music Theory.


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