Seniors Express Themselves Through Advanced Studio Art, Independent Study
Every year, Pace’s most elite artists gather in the Fine Arts Center (FAC) every day, partaking in either advanced studio art, or in an independent art study. The atmosphere of the advanced studio art class is described by teacher Donice Bloodworth as being in a class with about eight or nine other people working the same way as you on similar projects. This is why advanced studio is only offered one period every year.
Independent art studies can be taken in whatever medium a student prefers, depending on their specialty. Each teacher can only take two independent study artists per semester. “It’s like a semester course but really like ceramics or photography four,” said photography teacher France Dorman.
It is truly an honor for students to participate in either advanced studio art or independent study. “I usually pick most of them, but I’m also open to whoever has suggestions,” said Mr. Bloodworth. “Also if kids come to me and say ‘I think I want to go to art school or I really want to do it, I’ll consider it and try to take more people.” A passion for art is definitely a requirement for individuals taking either of these courses. “People need to show they’re dedicated and interested and not just doing it to do it,” said senior and advanced studio artist Wallis Ohlhausen.
In advanced studio there are a few projects at the beginning of the year that are requirements for all students to complete. “You basically have to complete six pieces all year for the show, but most people have more,” said senior Grace Ferry. “So, you get to do your first three of six projects, which are really hard projects that teachers decide. They are an old man drawing, a collaborative piece and self portrait.”
The courses ask a lot of students, but they’re informed junior year of the requirements, and that the work can’t be completed in just 50 minutes daily. This means they have to make time outside of class. Mr. Knott, Mr. Dorman and Mr. Bloodworth all agree that, for the most part, these seniors are really dedicated and hard working.
“I got involved with art because I have always thought it was therapeutic and really enjoyed the process of doing it,” said senior Haley Hartman. “A huge reason as to why I stuck with it is because my mentor and idol, France Dorman, has kept me motivated and excited about art.” Every individual has their own reason for how and why they do certain things. People use art as a medium for expressing themselves. Senior Paige Williams makes most of her artwork of horses, as she has been riding nearly her entire life. “I try to focus on small details of the sport, to show it in a different perspective,” said Paige.