AP Art Portfolios

Sean Thomas, Sammi Lopresti, Kara Tully, Sam Stevens, Jenna Ellis, Fiona Wilson, Yilin Chen

With 6 Seniors and 1 Junior, we were really sad that each of them wouldn't get to display all their incredible work they've put so much time and thought into throughout the year at the Spring Art Show. We hope that this virtual display of their work speaks to how amazingly gifted and talented each of them are. 

Each AP Art student worked the majority of the year brainstorming, researching, and creating their AP Portfolio. Each student created 10-15 pieces of artwork that fit within their "concentrated idea" that they explored and visually represented throughout the year. With the freedom to choose any medium, any content, and portray their ideas in any way they wanted, each student found their niche in the art world and intricately wove their idea throughout their pieces. Here is a glimpse of all their hard work and beautiful finished pieces- along with a description of the concentration they chose. We hope you enjoy!

Yilin Chen:

Throughout my concentration, I investigated what various aspects of relationships between parents and children look like. Even though the desire of most parents is to love their children and help them grow, there are many representations of what that may look like or mean depending on the time, people, and culture. In each of my pieces, the doll machine represents the parents while the claw represents the gesture of love the parents are trying to extend, whatever it may look like in the specific situation. I also chose to draw in a cartoon style and have a light and gentle color palette to represent the childlike perspective of his/her parents’ decisions and actions in their relationship.

Jenna Ellis:

Throughout my concentration, I explore the idea of simplicity in intimacy. Love and intimacy can be expressed in a multitude of ways, from emotional connections to physical gestures. Each of my pieces aim to represent how the beauty of simplicity can accentuate the meaning of intimacy. I arranged my art to create a storyline through the simplistic aspects of intimacy from a beginning to an end. I also added small tokens throughout my pieces to enhance the realistic aspects of relationships.

Fiona Wilson:

My concentration focuses on the idea of how to visually represent places I have traveled and have strong memories of. Each piece contributes to creating a travel diary based on my personal experiences traveling to different parts of the world. I also chose to emphasize the beauty found at each of them through my use of vibrant colors and various palette knife and paintbrush techniques to add visual interest and texture.

Kara Tully:

The central idea of my sustained investigation surrounds the question: “What are universal emotions that people experience regardless of their nationality, religion, race, culture, or location?” To visually answer this question, I chose to portray these universal emotions through the lens of the coast due to its freeing nature. The works I have created are an exploration into different emotions of human character.


Sammi Lopresti:

My concentration revolves around the idea of essentials that society does not usually notice. Society tends to neglect these ideas through pride, distractions, and busy schedules. If people want to create a more enjoyable life and healthier society, then we need to focus on improving ourselves first. Throughout my concentration, I wanted to portray the positive outcomes and energy achieved through these essentials by incorporating bright colors into each piece. All of the “essentials'' are completely different from one another, which is also why I created these using different mediums, to show the diversity of what every human needs and how no two needs are alike.

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Sam Stevens:

My concentration revolves around the idea of negative emotions and how different objects and positions can aid in a demonstration of those feelings. Negative thoughts and feelings can be portrayed by more than just people. Objects that may not be viewed as sorrowful symbolize viewing people as content, but not knowing their actual feelings. My concentration mainly focuses on weakness, shame, and emptiness, while also incorporating a variety of color to show these emotions in different environments.

Sean Thomas:

My concentration focuses on exploring the journey of an artist in the music industry. The artist’s journey is viewed from two different lenses, the public eye and his own personal thoughts reflected on canvas. Throughout my pieces, the artist's distinct character arc evolves. It beginnings with the production of his first album, including his inner thoughts on his personal life. In the middle of his story, my works represent his feeling of having it all, but in the end he has lost his personal life in his work, being consumed by the stress of fame, which is reflected in his work and his thoughts

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