The traditional art curriculum isn’t always for everyone, so New Haven High School gives students the unique opportunity to take an Independent Study class. The class is supervised by art teacher Mrs. Katie Borcherding. This year, there are seven students enrolled in the class: Lydia Pataky, Callie Weatherly, Kimmy McDowell, Emily Knoppe, Megan Boehmer, Lacie Grater, Abbey Grater, and Claire Laune.
“I get to do whatever I want for my projects,” said Lydia Pataky. “Being free to color, paint, draw, etc. [whatever] I want.”
There are many projects that have already been completed. Callie Weatherly has made an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea set, created the scene of downtown New Haven using felt, and she started a quilling piece to represent her own personal timeline. Emily Knoppe has done an eclipse painting, a chalk pastel drawing, and a few marker drawings. Lacie Grater has done a wood-burning/glass piece, a marbling-over-sharpie design, and unique drawing designs.
“I enjoy working freely on what I like and creating new designs,” said Lacie Grater, senior. “Being able to choose my project and what I want to do.”
The Independent Art students are working on various pieces right now. Lydia Pataky is doing a color pencil drawing of Cecilia Malone. Megan Boehmer is making cups and mugs out of clay. Emily Knoppe is working on a painting with surreal elements, while Callie Weatherly is working on a color pencil city scene.
“Independent Study allows me to be creative and have the freedom in creating different art pieces,” said Megan Boehmer. “It allows me to express my creative side freely.”
Some of these students also have plans and ideas for future projects including sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other projects using any medium. Although others don’t have specific ideas, they said that they are just going to make whatever may inspire them.
“It's fun and free flowing,” commented Callie Weatherly. “There are endless possibilities.”