AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Anastassiya Skripchenko

Welcome to The Elective’s digital art museum, dedicated to the incredible work of AP Arts students. Each week we highlight a work or series created in one of the AP Arts concentrationsAP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing (the AP Program also offers Art History and Music Theory)—as well as a statement from the artist (and, occasionally, their teacher).

This week we feature an oil-on-canvas work made by Anastassiya Skripchenko from the High School of Art and Design in New York, which was included in the 2019-20 AP Studio Art online exhibition. (You’ll find the exhibition halfway down the page, under the heading AP Exhibit.)

painting of three New York tenement buildings in red and yellow

Here’s Anastassiya’s statement on the work:

A significant amount of my work depicts street narratives, as well as individual architectural monuments. My works range from scenes of the food street markets to a well-known building. All scenes show a certain sense of mood and atmosphere. I also counted the specific time of the day that would influence the perception of color, and overall feel to the subject, such as the individual buildings. The sense of depth and perception of space has a somewhat abstract way of an appliance. I also counted the specific time of the day that would influence the perception of color, and overall feel to the object. Such would be the individual buildings. I chose specific buildings and scenes because they relate to events in my life. Later works are more accurate at showing what type of aesthetic appeal I tried to convey.

And here is teacher James Harrington’s thought’s on Anastassiya’s work:

This painting was created as part of Ana’s concentration series. Ana’s initial focus was on NYC genre scenes that evolved into a personal portrait of her own significant NYC places. I give students complete freedom to explore their subject and try to keep the concentration themes as open as possible until very late into the process. The common link is always the artists themselves. A body of work coming from a single artist engaged in exploring her creative direction will have a unifying thread, even if the work meanders as it evolves. Finding the words to describe that thread is part of the awakening of the artist’s identity. Ana’s strong painterly style was evident from the beginning. She has the realist temperament of observing and capturing the world around her. I never dictate a style or subject matter, but Ana’s aesthetic aligns closely with my own, so I always had a keen appreciation for her paintings.

I believe that the classroom culture of openness and acceptance of everyone’s creative direction is essential. As the students develop, I very deliberately step further away, allowing them to be the authority on their own work. I provide structure and support in an atmosphere of creative freedom, exploration, and striving.