Over the course of the year, eleven AP Art students have collectively created 264 works of art. They are excited to exhibit their work for fellow artists at the Albion Cultural Exchange as well as the public during the second annual AP Art Gallery Show on Thursday May 18 from 5:00-8:00pm.
Most pieces are for sale. Come support our student artists and celebrate their accomplishments. We hope you can join us!
What is AP Art?
Advanced Placement, or A.P., Studio Art is a series of courses that are divided into three paths: Drawing, 2-D and 3-D. Each student chooses one path to follow for the school year. Unlike traditional AP exams, the AP Studio Art Exam is a portfolio that encompasses three different portfolios: Quality, Breadth and Concentration.
The Breadth portfolio consists of 12 different pieces of art. These demonstrate the student’s ability to incorporate a multitude of different techniques and subject matters. The Breadth portfolio is meant to show versatility and overall risk-taking and a student voice throughout 12 different, unassociated pieces.
The Concentration portfolio is comprised of 12 different works of art that demonstrate the student’s ability to develop original ideas through a variety of pieces that relate to one central idea. The College Board is looking for growth not only in technique but also in the development of the concept that the student has chosen to focus on.
The Quality portfolio consists of five of the best pieces of work that showcase technical and conceptual skill. These can come from either the Breadth or Concentration portfolios or can be completely new pieces. These works are physically sent to the College Board to be judged by experienced artists and art teachers.
Students will be graded by the College Board on each portfolio individually and by different artists who do not see the other portfolios. These three scores are then averaged together to get one final score which is what the students will receive and higher scores will earn college credit for the students.
Wakefield High Schools TV Production teacher Mr Chris Constantine is a finalist in the Adobe Premiere Pro 25th Anniversary “Make the Cut” Contest and he needs your vote! This is very exciting as it is a global competition. The video is featured in a playlist on the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel. Public voting is from May 1, 2017 through May 5, 2017 by clicking the “thumbs up” button under the video on the YouTube Page. There is a limit of one vote per person/email address per Finalist entry, per day.
Watch his video below. Mr Constantine is Finalist_022:
Throughout time symbols have been used to convey meaning in art. Many artists use symbolism in their art to further tell a story. Art 2 students chose a symbol, learned it’s meaning and created their projects using a thin sheet of cooper as their canvas.
The Wakefield Public Schools Visual Arts Department hosted Visual Arts Night from 6:00-8:00 on Tuesday April 11 at the Americal Civic Center. This display showcased the artwork of Wakefield’s students in grades 1-12 with approximately seventy high school students demonstrating drawing, painting, working on the potter’s wheel, creating computer graphics, and 3-D Printing.
Seniors from the Video Production Portfolio WHSTV class had their short documentary selected as a finalist in the Salem Film Festival. With over 100 documentaries submitted from all over New England, the WHSTV students’ documentary about a local band named Silhouette Rising was chosen as Top 10. The filmmakers consisted of Evan Burns, Anthony Denham, Matt Murdocca, and Ben Piercy. The short documentary focuses on the band members who discuss the influence music has on them and a tragic car accident involving their lead singer. Watch their video below.
The Multimedia Presentation class at WMHS was extremely fortunate to have alumni Connor Beebe, Class of 2012, come in and present the work he has done in the field of Industrial Design. A recent graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Class of 2016, Connor explains the steps taken during the evolution of a product. From discovering a problem, brainstorming ideas, and developing prototypes, Connor expresses how countless hours spent researching, sketching and designing truly pays off.
In Ceramics II the students have been hard at work constructing amazing shoes out of clay. Students first designed paper templates. After the paper prototype was constructed students then moved on to clay. Students realized many changes had to be adjusted along the way for the finished product to look like a realistic shoe. Craftsmanship, and observation were some key components to a successful shoe.