By Tali Gold (’20)
This November, the AP Studio Art class took on the task of creating either a 2D or hand-drawn representation of Human Surrealism. Their assignment was to transform the human form into something inhuman.
The AP Studio Art class offers professional freedom to all of its students by providing a topic and then allowing the creativity to flow as students venture out into realms of the imagination. “Most of the students have a background in art,” says Tali Eichner (‘20), “there’s a lot more adventuring that we can do because you have all of the basic platforms and you can find what your strengths and weaknesses are. With those strengths, you can choose to pursue it.”
The Human Surrealism project was one that forced students to think critically. They selected two aspects, one of the human body and one of their own choosing, and combined them to create a new idea. When asked what she thought of the assignment, Maiya Hirschhorn (‘20) answered by saying that it “allowed me to be creative in a very different way. I was able to take different body parts, different animals, and different things in general and make them my own.”
All of the students took different approaches when conveying their interpretation of the assignment. Alice Vilenski (‘20), a drawing student, drew a “heart air balloon,” saying that love, along with the hot air balloons that are constantly floating near her house inspired her to create this drawing.
On the other side of the class’ spectrum, Tali Eichner, a 2D student, created an “exposed spine” on Tali Gold (‘20) by using body paint to create realistic skeletal imagery on her face and throat. She was inspired by the recent Halloween festivities. “I tried to do it on myself and failed.” she said, “so when Ms. Nebo assigned this project, I thought I would go ahead and try it on someone else.”
Each of the students had different inspiration for their projects. Ana Gerson (‘21) used Photoshop to superimpose an image of Froot Loops onto a photo of Ilan Leisorek to represent his brain. Gerson got the idea for her project from a phrase she has heard her father use: Tienes Frooti Loopis en vez de cerebro, which means “You’ve got Froot Loops instead of brains!” Other student artists, like Maiya Hirschhorn (‘20), also drew on personal inspiration. She chose to depict a lion with hands as its mane because her father used to call her his “lion” due to her big, curly hair.
All of the students’ colorful responses to the Human Surrealism project offer a fine demonstration of how AP Studio Art gives aspiring artists an opportunity to think outside the box and express themselves in brand new ways. People interested in seeing more of these brilliant works are invited to attend SDJA’s annual Showcase Night on February 24, 2018. Hope to see you there!