Artist Reception for A.P. Studio Art Students

By: admin 09 May 2013

Artist Reception for A.P. Studio Art Students

On Monday April 29th, a formal artist reception was held for A.P. Studio Art Students at Glenbrook South high school along with their families.  Under the direction of Stephanie Self Fuja, young artists constructed twelve pieces in a variety of mediums and sizes throughout the year, which were then displayed during the show.                                                          

While applying for an A.P. Studio Art class, the students were responsible for completing many requirements such as taking two drawing classes, two painting classes, photography or even ceramics, which took them the previous three years of their high school.  Once they found themselves accepted, their true journey began. First they had to pick out a theme for the year that all of their twelve pieces would fall under and be called their “concentration”. Those paintings or drawing were then photographed and uploaded to the College Board Website where their work would be graded. The next step composed of the young student submitting twelve other pieces from their last three years, which became their “breadth” and was often the hardest step to decide on. Finally, five of the best works, meeting the criteria of 18x24 would be sent into the College Board to represent the student’s “quality”.      

One example of a student who went through such process is Klaudia Kukulka: an 18 year old student from Glenbrook South High School and this year’s Queen of the 2013 Polish Parade. Her concentration revolved around Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which is a belief that most of humanistic psychology is based on today. With five levels of the pyramid: Physiological, security, love and belonging, Esteem and Self-Actualization, Kukulka tried to depict all of the needs that a human being must satisfy.

The first level of Physiological needs showed a diptych of a woman, done in white charcoal, smoking a hookah, which represents the right to breathe. While it is difficult to portray someone inhaling or exhaling, Kukulka chose to interpret the idea in her own way to portray a woman abusing her right to breath.

The second level of Security shows two entirely different sides of the topic. One composition is the diptych of the natural resources, which shows a varying point of view, from viewing the skyscrapers and being full of dreams, to being a misfortunate hobo on the street. Since our environment, where we live, and even our financial situation measure security, the diptych represents the gap between those two views. The other piece under this category is a color pencil drawing of Kukulka’s dog, which not only offers security in comfort, but also physical security of protection.

The third level of Love and Belonging shows two pieces done in Bic Pen that represent two different types of love. The first image is a drawing of Kukulka and her grandma, which speaks of the familial belonging and love while the other is a drawing of Kukulka and her significant other, which show romanticism.

A young boy from Peru represents the fourth level of the pyramid: Esteem.  This level is responsible for describing confidence, self-esteem and also respect for other cultures, which is shown in the graphite drawing of the little child.

The last level of self- actualization is composed of three major topics: Spontaneity, creativity and Morality. The piece of a young girl blowing the dandelion depicts spontaneity and is done in oils. While not knowing where the seeds will land and what will become of them, a sense of mystery is created by the spontaneous little kid. A second piece of the spilling tube of paint is done in color pencils and it represents creativity. While drawing a tube of paint is also ironic, the multi-colored paint shows a wide range for creative self- expression. The last piece, on the top of the pyramid is morality. Portrayed by a big flower done in oil paint, the flower alludes to morality as a blossoming concept in each human being, which much be cared for and nurtured.

As the entire display represents a pyramid, Kukulka tried to show not only her talent but also her passion for the arts and science. By composing pieces of all different mediums, Kukulka wanted to express her love for all styles and her detail oriented approach.  Kukulka hopes to pursue a minor in art and sell her work over the summer. If interested, please contact at:


Name of artists and their concentrations:

Klaudia Kukulka  -My concentration summarizes the necessities of human life through the usage of levels that parallel Maslow's hierarchy of needs found in psychology.

Rosie Lord- How the simple things in life can make us happy.

Olivia Kane- Exploration of the modern educational system.

Anne Edwards- the struggles, achievements and emotions associated with my adoption.

Hannah Gruenberg- showing the important people in my life, ones who have had an impact on my life and who I am today.

HaNa Chang- My emotions through my artistic journey

Yoojin Seol- Presenting multiple perspectives through ilusions. 

Francesca (Frankie) Hebert- my concentration I about the dysfunctional relationship between my father and me.

Danielle Thoelecke- my concentration resembles the many life lessons that I learned while on a memorable canoe trip that I experienced.

Ellen Takagi (Indep. Student)- iconic figures that inspire me.


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