Though these are tough times, I have found that my AP Art class has become my favorite pastime while at home. I am sure many other Pirates involved in the arts have found their own as a creative release. Painting, sketching and planning for my final portfolio has taken up all of my thoughts.
Our art teacher has made sure to keep an eye on what we are creating in order to ensure we are ready for the end of the year AP exam. However, he has also been making sure that the process is not super stressful. Rather than asking for the best, he has asked for us to simply create. I find myself thinking of this often. It sounds like a simple task, but for many right now it is difficult. So, I have come to appreciate the love for art I have developed during my time at Stevenson as well as exercising, even though the two seem like two drastically different tasks. Being in a team sport and creating art were both releases for me and allowed for me to stop thinking about the busy world I cannot control but rather what I can control. Many of my friends from all grades have turned to working out and creating art -in all its various forms- for a release during this time. Our time at Stevenson has taught us to be active and look for positive ways to relieve ourselves from all of our stresses. We even have our athletic director coordinating daily workout routines that are set up as challenges for all of our Pirates to participate in. It further brings to life the community that Stevenson creates between its students and faculty. So, as I paint or workout I am thankful, especially as a senior, to have had Stevenson show me such positive releases during such stressful times.