April 24, 2018 was a great night in Wakefield for the Visual Arts. At the Americal Civic Center, the Wakefield Visual Arts Department hosted a k-12 exhibit in the Drill Hall and the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield exhibited in the Heritage Room. Hundreds of people came out to view the artwork from artists age 5-65.
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.
In case you were wondering.
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.
Wakefield High School Art Department was the first group to display art at the Albion Cultural Exchange “First Thursday Downtown” on June 2, 2016 from 6-8pm. The Cultural Exchange has plans to host an event on the first Thursday of every month for people to come downtown and enjoy local Art, Culture & Commerce in Downtown Wakefield.
Here are some photos from last night’s event.
The Albion Cultural Exchange has an open main floor gallery with natural light pouring in from palladium windows and is in the heart of Downtown Wakefield at 9 Albion Street.
April 7 & 8, 2016