AP Studio Art seniors showcase artwork at annual exit show

Three AP Studio Art seniors were formally celebrated at their exit show on Tuesday, April 30. Hosted by visual art teacher Ms. Corinna Brannon, seniors Abby Craver, Lauren Fairleigh, and Grey Kenna displayed pieces from their AP portfolios and enjoyed refreshments with their 7th period art classmates. Teachers were also invited to join the celebration, where they had a chance to not only look at the artwork but talk to the artists as well.

To receive AP credit, each student is required to choose a concentration on which to focus throughout the year. Craver’s concentration focused on representing Aristotle’s 12 moral virtues with birds.

“Birds are an excellent representation of nature and virtues with their vast diversity while retaining fundamental similarities,” Craver wrote in her explanation piece. “It also portrays my own growth as an artist and exploration of skills as the concentration progresses. I started using acrylics, but after trying watercolor I discovered how much I enjoyed it.”

Craver will attend Purdue University this fall.

Fairleigh’s concentration was animals as a Christian symbol.

“My idea grew and developed as I experimented with different mediums and my passion for animals and my Christian faith,” Fairleigh explained.

Animals portrayed in her paintings include a bull, peacock, and snake. She will attend the University of Georgia and hopes to pursue veterinary medicine, but she said she’ll “definitely” still follow her artistic passion by participating in a club or possibly even minoring in art.

Kenna’s concentration was inquiry into female body image, which “explores the concept of self-perceived body image specifically regarding women through photography-based mixed media.” Kenna used photos she took then transferred them onto wood or paper, and she “incorporated the natural flaws that accompany the transfer process into the meaning of each piece.”

Kenna is attending Sewanee in the fall and said she’s considering an art minor.