1. I am under-qualified. One is supposed to have taken at least two years of drawing and painting (up through drawing and painting 3/4), and I only took a semester of drawing and painting 1. The drawing and painting teacher and the department head were impressed enough by my personal portfolio that they have gladly let me into the program.
2. I am a digital artist. The school has never accommodated a digital artist in this class before. I will be working with my tablet laptop the entire time, and the drawing and painting teacher (who teaches AP/Studio Art) will be taking a creative challenge in overseeing her first digital artist in Studio Art.
Studio Art requires a minimum of 24 pieces of exceptional work by May. I will be required to create a minimum of two exceptional works every six weeks.
I will be fitting the criteria of two categories: focus and breadth. For focus, minimum of 12 of my pieces will be following a specific theme, like oceans or glass shattering or fight scenes. Each of these must be exceptional and group together recognizably (they must all clearly fit with one another). For breadth, I must demonstrate through twelve distinct pieces the diversity of my skills. Taking new challenges, different approaches, etc. Demonstrating an array of artistic skills.
In addition, I need to complete two pieces over summer.
Given my schedule for next year, this all seems very doable. Summer may be a little bit of a challenge initially, given that I will be in Germany under an exchange program for the first four weeks of vacation, but I'm sure I will be able to do so once I sort it out. Often the one thing stopping me from working on art in my free time is the presence of homework that needs to be completed. Now I'll be able to work on art in the context of school and homework, and since I love working on art, next year looks like it's going to be great.
Expect at least 24 great works form me next year!