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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)
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.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.
-High School Junior (2012-2013)
.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.

Hat de Triomphe

This hat is obviously the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The amazing thing is that it is made out of water color paper and she hand painted the image onto it. (The 3D effect really works for me!)

Battlo Hat

This is a hat based on Gaudi's Casa Battlo in Barcelona.

Local Flair entry for Van's shoe design competition

These shoes, redesigned to look like a common Lowcountry shrimp boat, were for a contest run by Vans shoes.

Boat Shoes

These shoes, redesigned to look like a common Lowcountry shrimp boat, were for a contest run by Vans shoes.

Plaza del Toros

A hat based on the bull fighting ring in Sevilla.

Queen Isabella's Straw Hat

This is a `straw hat', in that it is made out of drinking straws. It is based on the castle in Segovia in which Queen Isabella lived as a little girl.

Red Hat with Cranes

Red Hat with Cranes

Giraffe sculpture

Made out of bobby pins.

Giraffe sculpture

Made out of bobby pins.

Hot Glue Man

Famous statue of discus thrower reproduced using glue sticks for a hot glue gun.

Hot Glue Man

Famous statue of discus thrower reproduced using glue sticks for a hot glue gun.

Museo del Arte, Sevilla

Asakusa Pagoda Hat

This pagoda was near the hotel where we stayed in Tokyo.

Asakusa Pagoda Hat

This pagoda was near the hotel where we stayed in Tokyo.

Ponte Vecchio Hat

The famous old bridge over the Arno river in Florence, Italy, in hat form.

San Marco Hat

Saint Mark's Basillica in the form of a bonnet. The domes are painted paper mache and cloth design is hand painted

San Marco Hat

Saint Mark's Basillica in the form of a bonnet.

Sainte Chapelle Hat

The beautiful stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle in Paris inspired this hat. The `stained glass' on the hat was hand drawn using magic markers!

Sainte Chapelle Hat

The beautiful stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle in Paris inspired this hat. The cardboard frame was hand cut with an exacto knife.

Sheep

A sculpture of sheep made out of styrofoam packing peanuts.

Sheep

A sculpture of sheep made out of styrofoam packing peanuts.

Stair

Steps in the shape of the word stair made out of old maps.

Stair

Steps in the shape of the word stair made out of old maps.

+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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