Senior Christine Chang has been working on her exhibit for months.

As a school known for its art program, Pace Academy has numerous students who are incredibly talented at subjects ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Advanced Art Studio is a class for seniors that combines all these subjects and gives the students creative license to do whatever they want. On April 23-May 4, Advanced Art Studio students displayed their best work from the year.

Seniors Josh Baron, Christine Chang, Taylor Esler, Kate Kolbinsky, Kelly McAninch, Matt O’Brien, Robbie Reynell, Dana Rubin, and Emily Wilson are all a part of this exclusive class. They showed such promise in their individual fields of study in previous years that they took the most “advanced” art class that is offered at Pace. This is not like Independent Study, however, where students focus on one aspect of art. In this class, students are allowed to do whatever style they want. Senior Josh Baron loved this part about Advanced Art Studio, as it allows students to “broaden their horizons.” However, senior Kate Kolbinsky said, “Some of us find our niche early in the year. For example, I’ve enjoyed doing oil paintings, so most of my work is oil paintings.”

At the show, each senior exhibited seven pieces from the year, accompanied by an artist’s statement explaining the source of inspiration. The seven pieces are supposed to have a focus, tying them all together. Senior Christine Chang’s focus was portraits, and Kate’s was order versus chaos. Matt O’Brien said before the show, “I’m just going to choose seven pieces with no focus; I couldn’t really find something that was relevant to everything I did.”

Many seniors struggled to have seven pieces ready. “I was really stressed trying to finish seven pieces, as I spend so much time on each piece that I only had four or five pieces ready by April,” admitted Kate. Other people did not have that problem. Kate explained, “People like Matt and Christine work at home as well, so they had like fifteen pieces ready while the rest of us were slaving away at the end of the year trying to get seven done.” Senior Robbie Reynell found it difficult to get seven done due to his hatred for some of his work. “I didn’t like what I did so I broke some of my works in half,” said Robbie, adding “Why put works on display that I’m not proud of?” The show was a culmination of a lot of hard work and creative energy on the part of all of the talented seniors.

By James Rushton, News Editor ’12

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