Three Woodmore High School seniors will work on their own to create unique works of art in order to further their study of art.
As any senior knows, graduating year is filled with seemingly endless important decisions and obligations. So when Haeley Binder, Rebecca Sadoski and Ali Smathers decided to delve into art classes through independent study, they were boldly sacrificing a great amount of precious time to help themselves grow as artists.
Because art is such a personal and creative class, one may think that taking an independent study is a little counteractive — if a student is taken out of such a highly creative and encouraging environment as the art room, won’t they lose their creative spark? Woodmore art teacher Jodie Peace says no.
According to Peace, the only thing necessary for an independent study to work out is drive and passion and working the entire year on a unique curriculum tailored to each student.
“I want students to grow as an artist, but it depends on where they are with their skill level. If they’re really advanced, they pretty much choose what they do,” said Peace.
She even encourages students to take independent art, saying it offers much more creative freedom and fewer restrictions.
This is the first year of art for Binder. Last year, she frequently accompanied one of her friends while she worked in the art room. Through watching that friend, she found out she had an interest in art. She now takes Art I independently, and her goal is to finish painting her rendition of a Picasso piece onto a ceiling tile that will be displayed in the art room.
Sadoski has always had a deep enjoyment of art, but she never had the time to fully devote herself to the class. This is technically her first art class.
“I’ve always wanted to be involved in art; I just couldn’t fit it into my schedule. I could never find the time to dedicate myself as much as I do now,” she said.
Sadoski will also be working on her ceiling tile throughout the year, but her’s features a piece by an independent artist rather than a classic, well-known painter.
“I found this artist who does watercolor, and I loved the meaning of the picture,” she said. “Part of the woman in the picture is being ripped away and looking at her, I can almost feel her pain.”
This year will be Smathers’ second round of art class, though she is talking a bit of a different approach. Smathers will be focusing more on fundamentals.
“I really wanted to further my skills, and I get to work at my own pace, even though I have the same requirements as every other Art II student,” she said about what was expected of her.
Although she now has a great passion for art, she found it in a rather odd way.
“Last year was my first year, and I didn’t have a choice but to take it,” she said. “I listed it as an alternate, but I never thought I’d have to take it. Luckily, I ended up really liking it.”
With her late start to art appreciation, Smathers is still working on perfecting the basics. She is currently working on drawing implied movement of the hands and eyes, and she just finished a mask project, which is on display in front of the art room.
(Reprinted with permission from Window To Woodmore, a student publication)