Text Options for the Visually Impaired Font Size: a- A+ Color: A A A Revert 
Close vision bar
Open vision bar
Fragile by Hayley Stahl

Drop by during first block in the art room and you will see students brainstorming ideas for a new project, giving feedback to each other, engaged in a class critique, experimenting with a new medium or concept, and possibly stressing over an approaching deadline.  With the largest AP Studio Art class in GHS history, twenty-six junior and seniors create hand-generated projects based on the principles of design as well as computer-generated graphic projects in hopes to receive  a three or higher on their art portfolios when scored by the College Board at the end of the year.                       

AP Studio Art is a course where students create a portfolio of twenty-nine high quality college level works of art in terms of subject, content and form.  The course challenges students to develop their own personal work by mastering concept, composition and execution of their personal ideas and themes. Ultimately, students learn that art making is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to determine outcomes to problems. Portfolios are forwarded to College Board for scoring. Students who score a 3 or higher on a scale of 1-5 typically receive college credit.  Glasgow High School averages an 80% pass rate.

Emmalee Lawrence, a GHS alumnus and current BFA (Fine Arts major) at WKU remembers the pace of the course well.  “Taking AP Art helped prepare me for the fast-paced courses I am now taking at WKU.  I was able to learn and test out new media also.  Overall it was an enriching experience that benefited me then and now.”

UK student Hayley Stahl agrees that AP Art is beneficial to students.  “Before AP Art, I was not confident and would not create works larger than 8”x10”, but Mrs. Goodson pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me draw my favorite subject, the ballerina, in a way I had never done before.  I created “Fragile”, a large scale drawing of ballerinas, which eventually led me to create a 5’ x 15’ pastel drawing of life sized dancers.  Ever since then I enjoy drawing large and taking on challenges.”    

Another former AP Art student Mikayla Powell received her BFA at University of Louisville and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Art Therapy.  “AP Art led to an art scholarship awarded because of an art portfolio I created in that class.  Credit earned for the AP Art classes allowed me to advance in my studio courses quickly, and I graduated with a BFA and minor in Art History and Psychology in 4 years.  I also learned how to develop a concept and work through an idea through a series of works and that has been very helpful in college.”  

According to Edwana Goodson, who has been teaching art twenty-three years and has been teaching AP Studio Art for the past fourteen, “GHS is blessed with an abundance of artistic interest and talent and AP Art has been a stepping stone for advancing many art careers.  Students have majored in and are working in areas such as: fine arts, graphic design, illustration, photography, architecture, art therapy, art history, and computer science.  It is exciting to hear how former students are making a career in the field and just as exciting to see excitement in Art 1 students.  Because of the support of our community and district, students are given an amazing opportunity in Glasgow Independent Schools to grow as artists.” Current senior Ashton Creasman states, “My creativity has exploded since the beginning of class.” Erika Cruz, also a senior at GHS, believes that her involvement in the art program has allowed her to grow tremendously. In fact, she states, “I no longer think only paint and pencil, I think about photography and graphic design.”

GHS offers students a rigorous art program including Art1, Art 2, Humanities and three AP Studio Art courses including Drawing, 2D and 3d Design. Some GHS art students have earned as many as nine credit hours for AP Art courses. 

Back to School News     Print News Article
Glasgow Independent Schools spacer
cms login intranet login RSS new facebook twitter
Glasgow High School
1601 Columbia Ave.
Glasgow, KY 42141  

Phone: (270) 651-8801 
Fax: (270) 651-5189