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'Go Figure'

Century High art students display work in RoseSprings gallery.


HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTOS: KATHY FULLER - 'Upside Down' by Trisha VillanuevaCentury High School art students are getting a lesson is what it means to be working artists — that includes learning, creating, struggling and in the end, coming away with a sense of accomplishment.

The works of students in Anne Abrams’ Art 4 and Advanced Placement studio art classes are on display in a show entitled “Go Figure” at the RoseSprings Center gallery in Hillsboro.

The work focuses on the human form and capturing its many intricacies such as movement, gesture and contour.

The students involved in the show are accomplished artists in their own right, having studied all through high school. The gallery show gives them a chance to prepare their art for the public to see. RoseSprings art curator Amy Osborne originally approached Abrams late last summer about a show. Abrams was all in, saying that it's important for her students to know how to create the art and put on a galeery exhibit.

She challenged her students to work first on proportions. Next, she said, they added movement to their drawings.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTOS: KATHY FULLER - 'Break Dance' by Thien Nguyen“The movement piece is really all about my wanting students to loosen up and work with the whole composition,” she said.

“I even had them draw a dancer as she performed, which led to one big continuous line drawing. Students, at times, were frustrated, excited, upset, happy with their projects at various stages ... all the things they should be as working artists. I wanted them out of their comfort zone.”

Unique Powell wants to study fine arts and interior design in college said she's learned about what it takes to put on a gallery showing.

Senior Trisha Villanueva focused on perspective in her drawing of a girl laying “upside down.” Readying her work for the show and seeing the final product framed and hanging in the gallery has been an “amazing” experience, Villanueva said.

Villanueva calls her art a hobby and plans to continue making are while studying chemistry at Portland State University next year. She’s also creates digital art, which she taught herself.

"I want students to know how to go out and present their work, how to frame and label work, what it takes to be a working artist. If they just make the work and I do all the rest, they’re losing out on important lessons," Abrams said.

The art will remain on display through January at the RoseSprings Center gallery, located at 5215 N.E. Elam Young Parkway.


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