AP Art Show reinvigorates creativity

Caroline O'Shaughnessy, asst. a&e editor

After months of preparation, South’s AP Art Show will be starting Tuesday, April 23 and will be open for viewing until Friday, April 26, according to Art Teacher Stephanie Fuja. Fuja says the show features 12 pieces per student, all with individual focuses and mediums. The show features students that work with photography and mixed media, as well as painting and drawing, being led by Fuja and Photography Teacher Amie Elliott.

The show has been a work in progress for quite some time, according to Fuja, and started at the very beginning of the year, when the students’ began working on their display pieces.

“It takes a full year’s work on the students part to get their pieces made for their concentrations,” Fuja said. “The day of the show setup is one full day during the school day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., setting up in the SAC.”

Preparing for the show takes many hours of dedication and hard work, both in and outside of class. Senior Grace O’Brien explains that it’s all about prioritizing your work and time management.

“It has taken me a lot of time,” O’Brien said. “AP Art is a big commitment and is very time-consuming. With my other school work and being involved in sports, it’s been a challenge to keep up with the workload, but it’s all worth it in the end.”

Similarly, senior Matt Moran stresses the commitment that AP Art requires. Moran said he started preparation during the summer and explained how much time he has put in preparation for the art show.

“We started at the beginning of the year, but really we started preparing in the summer for our actual concentration, which is our main 12 piece arrangement,” Moran said. “But before that we [had to take the] necessary prerequisite classes.”

After months of hard work, O’Brien says she is excited for people to see the final pieces she and her peers have created, but beyond that as well, she’s excited for the show in general.

“I think it shows GBS students a different side of our student body and what amazing talents some people have,” O’Brien said. “It allows people to express themselves in a different way and share that talent with everyone. It’s a great group of kids who are helpful and encouraging of each other and I think that’s what makes it special.”