Eight AP art students earn college acceptances

STAFF WRITER Amy Gilette

Eight AP Art students earned college-level acceptances last month. Among the most notable include Kevin Roy with the University of Chicago, Julia McCrane for University of the Arts and Emma Cortelessa, Megan Laird and Sarah Koshy at Moore College of Art and Design.

Senior Sarah Koshy was one student accepted on the spot during Portfolio Day at Moore College of Art and Design. Kutztown University and the University of Rochester also invited her to attend their art programs in the fall. Like many students, she began art at a young age.

“I always loved art class at elementary school and drawing whenever I could, but I didn’t realize I had a talent for it until last year,” said Koshy, who is still unsure where she will attend next school year.

Like any student receiving college acceptance, they were all elated to receive the good news.

“I’m very excited and surprised because I had no idea that they would just accept me right on the spot,” said Koshy.

“I was so excited. I called my mom, my dad, my girlfriend and my whole family. Moore was my first choice and now I’m in for real,” said Emma Cortellessa.

Cortellessa is a senior and plans on majoring in and pursuing a career in illustration. Her favorite medium to use is pen and ink.

Most AP Art students also enjoy using pen and ink as a favorite medium. Other popular choices include charcoal, acrylic paint and watercolor paint. However, senior Nick, Miller, who was accepted to Kutztown, prefers to use India ink, which is the same ink used for calligraphy and tattoos.

“I just think it’s a really unique style working with ink. I take a lot of inspiration from Ralph Steadman with that,” said Miller of the artist famous for album covers for famous bands like The Who and Frank Zappa.

Megan Laird, another senior who may attend Moore, draws inspiration from her family as well.

“It was always something in my family. My mom went to art school and my grandfather is always painting,”

Scad College in Georgia also accepted Laird into their animation program. In addition with animation, she also draws inspiration from artist Vincent Van Gogh.

“I know it sounds cliche but I really love the way Van Gogh drew his lines and the brush strokes he used, as well as his colors. Especially yellow, which is my favorite and I use it in all of my pieces,” said Laird.

While the majority of accepted students are seniors, there was one exception. Junior Isabella Cabrera was accepted into Tyler School of Art at Temple University on Portfolio Day. Because she is a junior, she cannot attend until 2017, but she has been invited to sit in on classes. She enjoys creating multi-media and traditional art about the world around her, with her family’s support.

“Lately I’ve been experimenting with different kinds of media and doing my best to try new and different things,” said Cabrera.

One particular student, Kevin Roy, also has a unique approach to capturing his art. Roy’s art is mainly inspired by the personalities of people. Sometimes if he sees someone in the hall that he finds interesting enough to feature in an upcoming piece, he asks them to come into the art room where he photographs them.

“You would think people would have a problem with me taking pictures of them, but they really don’t, surprisingly,” said Roy.

Roy was accepted into School of the Art Institute at Chicago, Rowen University, and Kutztown as well. He is also a merit scholarship candidate for both Chicago and Rowen.

To get into Ap Art, Students are required to take the first three Studio Art classes and be recommended by the Art Department Chairman, Mrs. Hall. Then students must produce a portfolio of at least 20 pieces with a choice of Drawing, or 2-D and 3-D art to earn their AP credit.

Most of the time, students spend an entire week focused on creating their pieces. But self-proclaimed procrastinations such as Kevin Roy and Julia McCrane admit to spending anywhere from months to a few days on their work.

“I’ve been known to take anywhere from a day or two, but sometimes it’ll take me around a year to come back to a piece that I don’t like. It’s a pretty big gap,” said McCrane,who may attend Kutztown or University of the Arts.

That amount of dedication and hard work on a piece can either be a positive or a negative aspect of the art department.Students enjoy that they get to spend a large majority of their time at MHS in the art room to prepare for their chosen major. They feel like it gives them the level of calmness to effectively be creative.

However, they are not always pleased with their efforts and find it difficult to finish pieces at times. But the best advice everyone unanimously gave to anyone wanting to be a part of the art program, was to get involved right away and just do it.

“Sometimes you may not be totally in love with a piece, but you just have to sit down and get through it.  Right now you’re not even creating your best pieces. Get it done because you are going to create amazing work,” said Cortellessa.