SOMA Studio Tour Features Columbia High School AP Art Students

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This Sunday’s SOMA Artists Studio Tour will feature the work of over seventy artists, including several Columbia High School students. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement Art Studio and Art 4 will display their work in the Domareki Gallery at Columbia High School this Sunday from 11 to 5.

Students will display a range of work. AP Art Studio students, who must prepare a portfolio for review at the end of the year, may display pieces from their portfolio, as well as pieces that reflect a chosen concentration in terms of theme or material.

Students of both AP Art Studio and Art 4 have gained experience in creating artwork, as well as in the process of choosing a range of their own work to accurately reflect who they are as artists. Students from the two classes recently displayed their work in the Gallery 1978, and they have held other shows in the Domareki Gallery this year. CHS senior Porcha Dotson said, “I am happy to be able to display the art I have been working on throughout the year. There is also anxiety because there is a fear that I either did not display my pieces right or I chose the wrong artworks to display that show who I am or what I can do as an artist.”

Ellen Weisbord, CHS art teacher and teacher of AP Studio Art and Art 4, said the gallery, “shows the amazing talents and diverse interests of this group, who represent some of the best artists in the school.” Indeed, some of the students plan to attend art school, while others plan to attend school for related fields, such as fashion and engineering. Students from this year’s class will next year attend the Rhode Island School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Cornell University, among others. Ms. Weisbord added, “It is good for the community to see that the level that the high school students produce is on par with artists in the community.”


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