Buena Park High School was honored by the state of California in 2015 for having an Exemplary Arts Program. A part of earning this distinction has been the success of its visual arts program, which continues to cultivate students that earn top scores on the Advanced Placement arts exams. The class from last spring was no exception. All 39 students taking the AP exam received passing scores, which means they are eligible for college credit for material already learned.
Among these students is Evelyn Torres. She received a score of 5 for AP Studio Art and a 3 on the AP 2D Design exam.
“Being a part of the Visual Arts program and passing two AP exams has definitely helped me grow as an artist,” said Torres. “I was able to go out of my comfort zone with unique conceptual art concepts and explore new mediums. Over time I have discovered my strong and weak points. I continue to evolve as an artist.”
Last year Torres earned four first-place ribbons, a third-place ribbon and one honorable mention in various art competitions. Though she is not in an art class this year because of a full schedule, she does spend most of her free time working on art for contests as well as relaxation.
Name: Evelyn Torres
School: Buena Park High School
Hometown: Buena Park
Q: What mediums do you work in?
A: Charcoal, prismacolor, acrylic paint, graphite, water color, chalk, oil pastel, soft pastel, photography, Photoshop and scratchboard.
Q: How did you get involved in visual arts?
A: Ever since I was young I’ve always had an interest in art. I was encouraged by teachers to take more advanced art classes to challenge myself.
Q: Who have been your influences? Did you have a mentor in your development as an artist? If so, how did they help you?
A: My art teacher, Mrs. Brown, has been the biggest influence on me. I’m grateful that she saw potential in me and really pushed me to challenge myself. She was the one that helped me expand my experience with art and really fueled my passion for it even more.
Q: What inspires you?
A: People who follow…