Weekly Feature



2010-06-17 / Education

Visual arts students showcase their work

THE BIG REVIEW — Students in the West Seneca Central School District’s Academy of Visual Arts recently presented and defended their skills, techniques and collective works of art to professionals in the industry. Above, adjudicator Doug Borsuk (right) works with student Annie Schwartz on the highlighting and depth perceptions of her painting. To the right, adjudicator Francine Brooks (left) discusses the brush-stroke details of student Allison Kollander’s portrait. THE BIG REVIEW — Students in the West Seneca Central School District’s Academy of Visual Arts recently presented and defended their skills, techniques and collective works of art to professionals in the industry. Above, adjudicator Doug Borsuk (right) works with student Annie Schwartz on the highlighting and depth perceptions of her painting. To the right, adjudicator Francine Brooks (left) discusses the brush-stroke details of student Allison Kollander’s portrait. Students in the West Seneca Central School District’s Academy of Visual Arts recently presented and defended their skills, techniques and collective works to professionals in the industry.

This culminating adjudication event is designed for the AVA junior class — students who are in their second year of the academy program. The premise of the adjudication process is that during their junior year, students begin work on the construction of a graduate-level portfolio.

This portfolio showcases the work they have created during the past two years of high school.

The AVA Advisory Board, comprising many local artists, higher education professors and other industry professionals, donate their time and expertise to review student work.

Throughout the process, students are given the opportunity to share their creativity and gain valuable feedback from the reviewer on technique and best practice. Each adjudicator allows time for students to ask questions and gain advice.

Colleges and universities that offer creative majors typically require a portfolio. Students will be required to attend an interview and portfolio review before being considered for a department placement at a college or university, similar to the adjudication in their junior year in West Seneca.

A portfolio requires the students to submit 12 to 15 matted and labeled artworks, as well as a resume and artist statement. This procedure is formatted based upon college art or design department’s requirements.

For the AVA adjudication, the students are asked to bring only five pieces — three observational and two student choice. This is the third annual adjudication that has been coordinated for West Seneca students.

If students are interested in joining the AVA, they must complete the Studio in Art course in their freshman year and submit a portfolio at the end of the class. They will be interviewed, and their work will be evaluated prior to beginning their sophomore school year.

School counselors are available to answer questions about the AVA or any of the academies.

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