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Four WC seniors express themselves through advanced art course

Advanced Placement Art is one of WC’s many “AP” offerings for students in the Upper School. An entity of the College Board, Advanced Placement classes provide high school students the opportunity to engage in college-level work and offer the potential of earning college credit and placement as they enter university studies. Like any other Advanced Placement course offerings, AP Art is particularly rigorous and holds students to a high standard of work and mastery of content. One major way that AP Art is distinct, though, is the assessment process at the course’s end that determines whether or not a student receives college credit or placement. Rather than a standardized exam, AP Art students must develop a portfolio of art pieces they create based on a central theme. With the submission of selected works, they must also demonstrate an ability to communicate about their theme, materials, and processes.

At Worthington Christian School, participating in AP Art requires four prerequisite classes and approval by the art faculty. Each student receives their own studio space to create, and in a typical year they host at least one art show to display their works. This year, there are five AP Art students at WC under the direction of art teacher Beth Heisey. Four of these students are seniors. As one might imagine, these four women are gifted, thoughtful young artists. Their work and styles are as unique as they are, and they each have a keen ability to express themselves as individuals through art. Mrs. Heisey explains that she is very proud of these young women and enjoys seeing their progress everyday. In her words, “I have the privilege of getting to know them both as students but also through their commitments to the ideas shown forth in their art.” What is just as incredible as their artwork, though, is the depth of thought and individuality with which they’ve approached their work this year.

Madeline Gilham has been a Warrior since ninth grade. She explains that her love for art is, in part, because of its relaxing effect on her, referring to her time in the art classroom as a “study hall for the brain.” Her art concentration this year has centered around childhood memories and the influence of nostalgia on our memories. Her use of one specific gray color, splashboards, and yarn create a clear sense of unity through her artwork, depicting the type of unity and love present in the Trinity between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Gilham explains, “Throughout this process, I have learned and am learning how to determine my future by observing my past.” She plans to attend Cedarville University and study digital marketing.

At first glance, Zoe Holston’s AP Art concentration is easily recognizable: famous landmarks and cityscapes from around the world. This watercolor-based theme is inspired by Holston’s love for travel. Upon closer examination, there is something unique in each one–a single rower moving across the water. For the last five years, Holston has spent two hours a day, six days a week, rowing with the Westerville Crew. What started as an exploratory hobby in eighth grade quickly became an athletic pursuit. All of her hard work and experience with Westerville Crew blossomed into Holston receiving an athletic scholarship to row at Stetson University in Florida starting this fall.

Holston has been a Warrior since she was in fourth grade, and she has been involved in the girls’ golf team and maintained a part-time job at Donato’s pizza outside of her school and rowing commitments. She has had a longstanding interest in art, and views her AP Art experience as an outlet, a way to express her passions and interests, and explore what has shaped her into the person she is now. At Stetson, she plans to study biology on a pre-med path.

Similar to the artwork of classmates Gilham and Holston, Rachel Han’s concentration is deeply personal, reflecting interests that have developed throughout her high school experience and are pointing toward her future. She developed a particular interest in women’s issues and gender studies beginning in her sophomore year. Exploring these topics through independent study of film making and literature such as Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic Little Women, Han’s interest continued to grow. As a senior this year, many of her AP Art ideas have come from college essays she’s written. She is passionate about the portrayal of women in film, art, theatre, and literature from a woman’s perspective. Han has also been very involved in WC’s theatre department. Though she has yet to commit to a particular university, she hopes to pursue degrees in gender studies and theatre after graduation.

Rae Schreiber has been interested in art since her middle school years, and it was around this time that began developing a very unique subject for much of her artwork: monsters. Since then, her continued education through WC’s visual arts classes combined with her hard work in and out of the classroom have served to refine and improve her technique–all the while maintaining the consistent recurring subject of monsters. True to form, her AP Art concentration is entitled “Monsters in Disguise,” and features monsters as the subject in famous pieces of art like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Each of her pieces of art are intricately detailed and take an average of ten hours each to create. Distinct from her AP Art peers this year, Schreiber wants to pursue a degree in the field of art after graduation. She has already received over $200,000 in scholarship offers from Ohio’s three art institutions.

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