Students choose many classes for creativity
May 28, 2013
By Madeline Wells
Art students at Issaquah High School express their creativity on a daily basis.
With a wide array of art classes, including “Studio Graphic Arts,” “Ceramics,” “Photography,” “Visual Art,” “Advanced Art” and, starting next year, “AP Studio Art,” students have many opportunities to engage creative outlets.
Photography classes utilize technology with digital cameras and editing, as well as darkroom techniques with film. Visual art focuses on various forms of painting and drawing, and ceramics involves learning the clay-working process and design and glaze techniques.
Sophomore Hannah Balducci, a student who takes photography, filmmaking, drawing, printmaking and painting, enjoys taking advanced photography at IHS. She also plans to take “AP Studio Art” next year, and said she is looking forward to a challenge.
“I’ve often found myself under-stimulated in lower level art classes, and really yearning to ‘break out of the mold’ of the assignments and follow my own vision,” Balducci said. “I think the AP class will give me a chance to do so.”
AP art is a new opportunity at IHS for advanced art students to build their skills and to create a portfolio of artwork. The emphasis of this class is to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement portfolio submission.
Not only does the IHS art department offer a wide selection of classes, but the art teachers are also “kind and open-minded,” Balducci said. The atmosphere of an art class is pretty laid-back and the teachers give students a lot of creative freedom.
“Issaquah’s accepting environment and extensive resources make an excellent combination for a successful art department,” Balducci added.
If you ever find yourself wandering the halls of IHS, you may notice TV screens proudly displaying student artwork throughout the school day as well.