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AP Art Grows up

As the Push for AP Classes Increases, So Does Enrollment

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On Sept. 15 in AP Art, junior Karson Davis works on one of her breadth projects. The class consists of 24 college level projects. “I decided to take AP Studio Art because I wanted to be challenged and I wanted to see recognizable improvement in my art,” said Davis.

On Sept. 15 in AP Art, junior Karson Davis works on one of her breadth projects. The class consists of 24 college level projects. “I decided to take AP Studio Art because I wanted to be challenged and I wanted to see recognizable improvement in my art,” said Davis.

On Sept. 15 in AP Art, junior Karson Davis works on one of her breadth projects. The class consists of 24 college level projects. “I decided to take AP Studio Art because I wanted to be challenged and I wanted to see recognizable improvement in my art,” said Davis.

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There is a district-wide push for students to enroll into Advanced Placement classes. The programs have grown, but for the AP Art students, that means they are going to grow out of their traditional venue.

Since the school’s opening, the art department has held the art show in the Performing Arts Center. That tradition will still continue this year, but it will be a little different.

“Every year our program gets exponentially bigger, and I think it’s because of the success the kids have,” said AP Art teacher Chelle Cox.

The program has gone from 43 to 64 kids enrolled since last year. In years past, portfolios were set up on the three soundboard covered walls. But this year they will have to set up the portfolios on the fourth cement wall. The art department has made plans to get tacking tape so they can put the portfolios on the cement wall inside the PAC, which hasn’t been done before.

Finishing her first breadth in AP Art on Sept. 14 senior Evelyn Shelby squirts glue onto the back of her project to mount it. The first breadth project was inspired by the “Gates of Paradise” exhibit at Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. “I’m super excited to further develop my creativity and art skills in general,” said Shelby.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction and giving students exposure to higher level of art,” said senior Morgan Herman.

To accommodate the growth, the art department also plans to hang some portfolios from the ceiling all around the Flex Auditorium. This will be offered to the students who met all deadlines throughout the year.

Students will be able to see what their new peers are creating throughout the year  as well as give each other feedback. As the enrollment goes up every year, the departments’ scores go up as well said Cox.

“Many students are wanting to get more involved in art and the creative projects that we do,” said senior Antonia Velasquez. “I feel like this year is going to be a good year for the art department.”

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