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A Look Into AP Art
Ava Echard

For years, Advanced Placement Art has been a way for students to explore themes in their lives through art and showcase their talents, and that tradition is continuing well into the new school year as AP artists begin to flesh out the development of their portfolios.

Since AP art is a two semester course, the students have already had time to decide on their concentrations. Max Montague, '20, described his concentration as a focus on different facets of parental-teenage relationships. “My images are trying to reflect ideas of love and support but also condescension, detachment, and misunderstanding,” said Montague, who considers himself more of a photographer than a visual artist.  “It is different being in AP art because I can’t really create a lot in class. I do most of my photo shoots on the weekends. During class, I brainstorm, plan shoots, edit, and scroll through Pinterest for inspiration. Also with AP art this year, there is a lot of writing so I work on that as well.” 

Working on visual art, Anika Iqbal '20 is using her portfolio to explore her relationships with strangers. ”I was just raised to hold a general suspicion of anyone I don’t know; my upbringing painted strangers as people whose entire stories you could get from one look. I’ve found that rejecting that notion has brought meaning to many of my endeavors, seeing as I am (most of the time) surrounded by people. I can’t imagine how anyone can do anything good for the world if they think that people don’t deserve it, and I can’t imagine how anyone can be happy without loving as much as they reasonably can,” she says.

When Iqbal meets a new stranger who is alright with being painted, she takes a picture and does a little interview. “The nice thing is, though, the people I met were-- at first-- strangers, faces, non-entities. But, upon interaction, we spoke each other into being, and found that we could delight in knowing each other, for we’ve done something kind just by doing so. In these paintings I hope to capture that delight, render into their smiles the parts of their lives they shared with me, and give my audience a sense of familiarity that they can hopefully project onto others after they’ve looked away from the art.”

Kate King '20 is using her concentration to explore the defense mechanisms and internalization of trauma that happened as a child and how she was able to move past that trauma. “My process is very messy,” she says, “I use mostly pastels but also any other medium too. I never really like plan my pieces aside from the basic idea, so whatever I think will look cool on the fly. The one with the medusa’s head and the wing I worked on all of last semester.” 


Pieces from Kate King's concentration: 

Pieces from Anika Iqbal's concentration: (1st and 2nd are outside of her concentration but breadth pieces)(NOTE:  Anika's pieces below are for sale. Please contact her at or 423-991-9933 for more information). 


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