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+Tiny Talent (1999-2001)
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.Most of the pictures in this gallery are from when Amanda was 4 and 5 years old. We thought the pictures were cute, and so we tried to write funny captions (which are maintained solely for their historical value). But, in hindsight, we can see the beginnings of the more mature talent she now exhibits...as well as an unusual interest in pregnancy and fetuses!
+Starting to really be an artist (2002-2007)
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.We gave up on the silly captions when her artwork got good enough to stand on its own.
+Middle School (2008-2009)
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.The Charleston County School for the Arts further sharpened her abilities.
+High School Freshman (2010-2011)
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.This gallery features some of the pictures she has posted at her DA Gallery.
-High School Sophomore (2011-2012)
.Amanda has been making a lot of amazing art this year, but not giving us a chance to photograph or scan it. So, this gallery is extremely small. We hope to add more soon.

Sandy

This is a work in progress. Water color painting of "Sandy" Kasman standing by an air field in Ithaca NY. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Google Doodle

Entry for a contest (you can guess the sponsor) based on the theme "where I could go if I could travel to any time and place in history".

Airplane View

Painting of rain outside the window of an airplane

Party Girls with Balloons

Based on a photo of Emily, Ariel and Amy playing with balloons. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Berkeley Backyard

Watercolor painting of grandma Claire, mom (Laura) and Amanda herself in the backyard of our apartement in Berkeley, CA. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Bison

Pencil drawing based on a combination of photos we took in Yellowstone...including one of bison walking right past our car on a narrow road. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Skipper Butch

Grandma Claire as a little girl in the 1942 with her dog, parents and grandfather. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Japanese Monk

We spent a night in a Buddhist monastery in Japan and Amanda took a photo of one of the monks decorating a memorial post, which she here reproduced here as a watercolor painting. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Jason and the Dinosaur

Cousin Jason with toys drawn with white conte crayon on the cover of some old sheet music provided by Amanda's art teacher. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Laura and Joe

Pencil drawing of Laura (Amanda's mom) as a little girl with her brother Joe.

Lounge Chair

Watercolor painting of Emily and Ariel as young girls outside on a lounge chair. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

O & P Wall Street

Acrylic painting of Orney and Poppa by a fire hydrant on a cold winter day. Unless I'm mistaken, they are on Wall Street with Trinity Church behind them. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Red

Reddish pencil drawing of Poppa by a motel in California. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Reading on the Sofa

Watercolor painting of Myra reading to Emily and Amy on the sofa. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Sandy's Vest

Pencil drawing of Sandy and Poppa done on sheet music provided by the teacher. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Seedlings

Watercolor painting of seedlings in pots.

Soviet Youths

Watercolor painting based on a photo taken by Laura when she visited the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. Part of a series of works based on old family photos.

Weezer

Watercolor painting of the band Weezer.

Jordan

Watercolor painting made for literature class showing the character Jordan from The Great Gatsby. (This was made in September 2012.)

+High School Junior (2012-2013)
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.This year Amanda was required to produce only 3-dimensional art. Her concentration was on hats based on buildings that she saw on our travels, but there are some other amazing pieces here as well.
+High School Senior (2013-2014)
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.This year Amanda was required to produce pieces that count as "design". She eloquently captures the central theme of her portfolio in this essay written for to accompany AP submission:

While rummaging through my grandmother’s keepsakes, I came across a wooden block for printing the yellow portion of a landscape. Though seemingly insignificant, the block represented my late grandfather, and it sparked curiosity as to how this lone piece of a picture had value without its complementary blocks and subsequent colors. As a result, my concentration analyzes the sentimental value of objects, as well as how this value is affected when the object represents a larger concept or series.

To achieve this, I utilized an aspect of block prints generally avoided, that images misalign and overlap causing details and realism to be lost. In pieces 1, 2, 4,and 10, this print-like detail of the desired image being shifted, is meant to reveal the sentimental value that would have been hidden beneath. In 3 and 9, the photographs that triggered my memories more clearly convey their significance when details are lost, lost like the yellow block of the landscape print. In image 4, the porcelain fisherman is turned three quarters to the left and right to reveal the honest, hard working gardeners in a Japanese Zen garden I visited in Kyoto. Image 5 conveys the endless pleasure of just two children encountering just two chairs. The lack of color in the children emphasizes the chairs. Image 6 utilizes the appearance of a shift to the left of the colors in a single child’s clothing while they play. The objects of value in 7-10 are horses, stained glass windows, tutus, and yellow hats (worn by Japanese children on fieldtrips) respectively. Images 11 and 12 depict foreign children in uniforms first shifted down, and then contrasted by a hornet’s nest throwing into sharp relief the loss of individuality inherent in a dress code.

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