Most students know that Bay View’s art department is prolific and ever-changing and that much can be seen from the beautiful student art that lines the middle and high school art department hallways. We don’t, however, always know the students behind the work. I spoke with senior and Advanced Art Studio student Jadzia Jean to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to commit to the art track at Bay View. Jadzia is a recent recipient of a Silver Key for a painted self-portrait from the Scholastic Art Awards, a regional art competition that provides awards in the form of bronze, silver, and gold “keys.”
Here is her perspective on Bay View’s art classes:
How have past art projects/classes impacted your high school experience?
Art classes are one of the main times in our high school career where we have specific time set aside purely for being creative. I love that we are given specific assignments, but they serve mainly as inspiration rather than a strict mold we need our creations to fit into. The classes we take help us grow as people by providing us with a vessel to express ourselves and gain more balance in our time in high school.
What is your personal experience of taking Advanced Art Studio as a senior? (Is it easy to put together a portfolio, and are the class’s projects helpful in expanding your art knowledge and experience, etc.)
Taking Advanced Art Studio as a senior is somewhat difficult when making a portfolio. You need to set aside the time to really figure it out on your own, and since you missed a year of art classes, it is harder to find many pieces that you are really happy with. However, the teacher — in my case, Ms. Andreozzi — is super understanding and helps take all the pictures for you, and answers any questions you may have. I was admittedly frustrated to have to use some pieces from freshman year when my art skills were very different from the standard I have developed after more years of art classes. But if you do a lot of art in your spare time which is portfolio-worthy to you, then it is a lot easier. Plus, most colleges only require 5-15 pieces of art, so it is not too difficult to find that amount even without all four years of art behind you. Besides balancing making a portfolio with in-class assignments, taking this class as a senior feels pretty normal and is just as rewarding as taking any other art course offered here.
How is your current project going so far?
We are currently creating sculptures based on the human form in class. Sculptures are more complicated than 2D art for me, personally, but I think it is always fun to explore new styles, especially with the assignment there to motivate me to keep pushing past the challenges. I would say that my project is going well, and despite earlier challenges, our art teacher has helped me customize my piece to the point that I am comfortable with and still within the requirements of the assignment. I will admit that working with cardboard can require lots of patience, but I am excited to be covering it in class to learn to approach these types of challenges properly and consistently.
Read the Blue And Gold Art Section for more insight into Bay View’s art and performance departments. Special thanks and congratulations to Jadzia! See her art at the annual end-of-year Art Show (or hanging in the halls!).
Artwork by Jadzia Jean (‘22) illustrating a vivid portrait of her sister.