By Ms. Maria Centanni, Nativity Prep Teacher
The end of the year is near. It’s time for final exams, AP tests, and portfolios. The seniors at San Diego’s School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), on the other hand, have been working on their “Senior Ex” all semester.
Two Nativity graduates from the Class of 2010, Jose Avalos and Anat Dupo, have been working all semester to complete their artwork for their Senior Exhibitions. Their projects show what they have learned over the course of the last four years in their classes at SCPA. Watercolor paintings, sketches, paintings on wood, and sculptures filled the walls of their exhibits. Each student in their graduating class had an opportunity to share their styles, passions, and even their own business cards at the Senior Ex, which took place at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
“We have been working so hard to get here,” Jose told me as I checked out his paintings. “All of us have worked all year for this night.”
Jose is passionate about environmental science and endangered animals. His watercolor exhibit was filled with animals, endangered and otherwise, which have been subject to different types of problems because of pollution. His pieces included sea creatures such as crabs, seals, and fish, along with some land-dwelling animals, such as elephants and birds.
Anat is very interested in facial expressions. She loves the idea that a face can say so much about how someone is feeling, what they are thinking, or how they are doing. Anat’s display included paintings on wood, sketches on paper, and a sculpture of a face. She also designed picture frames out of wood and wire for her display.
This exhibit was an amazing example of what graduates of Nativity can do. Nativity helped Jose and Anat to be proud of their creativity and allowed their love of art to flourish. With the help of the High School Placement program, led by Mr. Bill Sullivan, Jose and Anat found SCPA, which became their home for the last four years.
Now, with the help of Mrs. Xochitl Alvarez and our Graduate Support Program, Jose will be attending Cal State East Bay next year to pursue a degree in environmental science; and Anat will attend Mesa College next year, with the hopes of transferring to a four-year university.