Each one of you is in an elite group. At SBHS, there are over a thousand students. Many choose to take an art class, but out of those thousand students, only eleven will graduate knowing they completed at the highest level.
Not only are you elite in SBHS, you are the only students in all of Brunswick County to reach this level. For this alone, you should be immensely proud of your amazing accomplishment.
Completing the AP Portfolio is difficult enough, however, you accomplished this facing even greater challenges. This year, the AP Board changed the rules for submitting work. Instead of asking for a concentration of art, they required a Sustained Investigation. Behind the scenes, art teachers were panicked. It wasn’t clear what these new specifications meant. Still, you stepped up to the challenge and each of you created a body of work that met these new requirements.
Next, instead of being in school where you had the support of your peers and the ability to have a question answered face to face, you did this all remotely. The easy solution would have been to quit. You knew you were going to pass the class. You knew you were going to graduate.
But you didn’t quit. Again, you stepped up. You dug down deep and joined the select few students who can proudly say, “I did it.”
I want to give you one more piece of advice. The AP College Board occasionally does not score things appropriately.
There is a chance, when we receive the scores in July, that some of you may not pass. It has happened before to students that I believed couldn’t help but pass, only to have them receive a lower score.
If by chance this happens to you, it changes nothing. Do not let it even cross your mind that you are not one of the most talented students in all the country.
In a minute, I will be forwarding your AP portfolios to our AP coordinator. I want to congratulate you and thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
I truly enjoyed having each and everyone of you in class. You will all be missed dearly. I wish you the best in everything you do!
Art of South B
Artwork by students at
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a student-directed art education pedagogy that directs students to think and work as artists.
Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program.
The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.
Click Here to read the March SchoolArts Article, Student-Directed Answers to Five Frequently Ask Questions
Click Here to Read the April SchoolArts Magazine Article Tracking Student Progress with the Burn Book!
Click Here to Read the February SchoolArts Article, Build A Dynamic Art Program with Modular Teaching!
Art Teacher : Ian Sands