Art is a subject taken by many students both devoted to the subject, or students looking for electives to take. Most students will take 1-2 years of an art class, some may take 3 or 4 years, but a very small few number of students make it to the AP level of an art class. One of the AP art classes offered here at Chaparral is, AP Jewelry. AP Jewelry has only 2 students in the class this year, and as of now, 1 student next year. Now while this class may lack the number many other electives have, the students make up for this in their dedication to work and expand their creations. The students over the course of the year, work on their portfolio. This is a part of their AP exam, the portfolios include almost all of their work throughout each year of Ceramics. Each creation they work through, are very important because they could possibly be displayed in their portfolios. Through each of their creations, they work on pieces of Jewelry in 3 different areas; Concentrations, breadths, and quality. “Concentrations are pieces focusing on a central idea or theme, breadth’s include a range of approaches to pieces such as soldering or wire wrapping and the way student’s approach completing a piece and quality is the quality of both their concentration and breadths,” said teacher of the AP Jewelry class Lindsay Allen. The students are suggested to complete between 18-20 pieces to submit to the AP Board. They also submit images of their pieces to the AP board for their portfolio. “They submit 8 images of 8 different pieces for their breadth’s and 10 images of 5 pieces for their concentration, and 8 images of 4 pieces for their quality pieces,” said Allen. “About every quarter we do photography sessions where we take photos of our pieces with really good cameras and nice backgrounds and nice angles to make our piece look good,” said student Abigail Cook. The class is often very independent and students spend more time working on their own than being taught. “We get a lot of freedom in what we can do, and we have a lot of freedom to do whatever pieces we want,” said Cook. If you feel that you’re capable of being in AP Ceramics while you take the first or second Ceramics course, you have the possibility of moving up immediately into AP, and many students move into the class after Ceramics 3 and/or 4. Both the AP Ceramics class and Ceramics 4 are condensed into one classroom due to the low amount of students in the AP class.
Story by Matthew McCarthy and Zachary Curtis