Island high schooler selected for international art exhibition

Posted January 5, 2023 at 2:18 pm by

Rootbound, by Islay Ross

San Juan Island School Dis­trict shares news about the achieve­ments of Fri­day Har­bor High School stu­dent Islay Ross.

Fri­day Har­bor High School is excit­ed to announce that the 2022 AP Art and Design Dig­i­tal Exhib­it is now avail­able online and that one of our stu­dents, Islay Ross, has been fea­tured.

The exhib­it fea­tures 50 high school artists from six coun­tries select­ed from more than 62,000 port­fo­lios who sub­mit­ted work to the 2022 AP Art and Design Exam. The fea­tured stu­dents rep­re­sent out­stand­ing exam­ples from the Sus­tained Inves­ti­ga­tion and Select­ed Works port­fo­lio com­po­nents. The exhib­it is designed not only to show­case the rig­or and excel­lence of the AP Art and Design port­fo­lio but also as a teach­ing tool shared with AP Art and Design stu­dents world­wide. In this capac­i­ty, high-achiev­ing stu­dents’ art­work and state­ments, teacher state­ments, and school leader state­ments help teach best prac­tices and sup­port arts advocacy.

Stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in AP Art and Design requires that each stu­den­t’s work is informed and guid­ed by obser­va­tion, research, exper­i­men­ta­tion, dis­cus­sion, crit­i­cal analy­sis, and reflec­tion, relat­ing indi­vid­ual prac­tices to the art world. Stu­dents doc­u­ment their artis­tic ideas and prac­tices to demon­strate con­cep­tu­al and tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment to cre­ate a port­fo­lio of work. Port­fo­lios include works of art and design, process doc­u­men­ta­tion, and writ­ten infor­ma­tion about the work pre­sent­ed. In May, stu­dents sub­mit port­fo­lios for eval­u­a­tion based on spe­cif­ic cri­te­ria, which include skill­ful syn­the­sis of mate­ri­als, process­es, and ideas and sus­tained inves­ti­ga­tion through prac­tice, exper­i­men­ta­tion, and revi­sion, guid­ed by ques­tions. Stu­dents become inven­tive artis­tic schol­ars who con­tribute to visu­al cul­ture through art making.

“I am so proud of Islay’s amaz­ing achieve­ments,” says Andrew Ander­son, Fri­day Har­bor High School art teacher. “Islay’s hard work has been rec­og­nized and cel­e­brat­ed earn­ing mul­ti­ple awards and hon­ors. She received top scores on both of her AP Stu­dio Art Draw­ing and 2D port­fo­lios. The Col­lege Board sent her let­ters con­grat­u­lat­ing her on earn­ing the high­est pos­si­ble score in every rubric cat­e­go­ry on both port­fo­lios, plac­ing her in the top 1.2% of all port­fo­lios submitted.”

“Wash­ing­ton State select­ed her work to be dis­played in the State Cap­i­tal Build­ing as part of its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. She was also award­ed sev­er­al Gold Key awards from Scholas­tics Arts and Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. Ulti­mate­ly, the qual­i­ty of Islay’s port­fo­lio sub­mis­sion clear­ly illus­trates her excep­tion­al tech­ni­cal skills and cre­ative thought process. She is the third stu­dent in the past 10 years from Fri­day Har­bor High School whose port­fo­lio has been select­ed by the Col­lege Board.”

“Build­ing this port­fo­lio has been an incred­i­bly per­son­al jour­ney,” Islay says. “I’ve loved hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore my artis­tic voice through this class, and I am beyond excit­ed and proud to share my work with all of you. I hope it’s inspir­ing to see the end result of so many hours of hard work — con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing, cre­at­ing, writ­ing. It’s a mul­ti­fac­eted process.”

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  1. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Islay!!!

    Comment by Judith Carter on January 5, 2023 at 6:33 pm
  2. so cool!

    Comment by Danielle R Pinnow-Cochran on January 6, 2023 at 12:09 pm
  3. The first time I saw, Root­bound, I was amazed! What an excit­ing future for a remark­able tal­ent. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Islay!

    Comment by Susan L. Williams on January 7, 2023 at 9:37 am

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