One way Betsy gets AP Prep students to think about a concentration is to use the journals of Dan Eldon and show parts of the video narrated by his sister, Dying to Tell the Story. Students are asked to create a work of art that expresses their own personal journey around issues in which they feel passion. Using the journals of Dan Eldon, and the prints of Robert Rauschenberg as reference, Betsy demonstrates several photo transfer techniques using gel medium, wintergreen oil, packing tape applications and mix it together with watercolor and Acrylic Paint. Students choose their mediums but are required to include at least one photo transfer into their work. Once the first work is complete, students create a second work that is a "spin-off" from the first. Click images for larger views.
Kelyn's Topic: impact of 9/11 and her connection to family
Lauren's Topic: Personal relationship to the environment
Maria's topic: Interpersonal relationships
Sara's topic: personal connection to ancient history
3- D AP Portfolio - Environments
These pieces are from one student's 3-D AP portfolio. The idea explored in her concentration is the creation of environments which reflect entrapment. Her primary material is clay, mirrors, acrylic resin, found materials. Her work is inspired through her study of artist Andy Goldsworthy and Cindy Sherman.
Artwork is by Sara H., an 18 year old graduating senior. She attended the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia in fall 2006.