Why fine arts is a required class


(Used with permission from Molly Pentecost)

“If you’re taking a fine arts class, or it’s like your first fine arts class, just have fun, relax, and do what you like to do. Maybe try to experiment with new materials and new ways of doing things. Looking at other people’s work can really help inspire your own work,” said Pentecost. “If you’re trying to go into the AP classes, I would say, make sure to keep up with your materials because that’s when it starts to get a little bit more actual assignment driven focus, but either way, it’s really fun to take our classes.”

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In order to graduate at WHHS, students are required to complete two semesters of a fine art class. Classes such as music, theater, or visual arts are applicable. 

WHHS has a long history with fine arts. Renovations on campus include a fine arts complex that was dedicated in 1976. Afterwards, in 1999, the complex previously built was replaced by a thirty classroom arts and science center.

SENIOR Molly Pentecost, comes from an art centered family and through that, she was able to express herself via art.

“I’ve been doing art just since I was young because I like it,” Pentecost said. “When I go to art class, I don’t have to think about my math class or English essay.”

Pentecost has taken many classes throughout her years at WHHS, going past the fulfillment of only completing two semesters of fine arts classes.

“In eighth grade, I took Beginning Art [and] ninth grade, I took Art l for the whole school year,” Pentecost said. “In 10th grade I took AP Art Drawing and in 11th grade, I took AP Art 3D. This year I’m taking AP Art 2D,” Pentecost said. 

Gene Rayburn, ‘25, found that the skills she learned  during her time in her textile and sculpture classes are beneficial even out of the art classroom. She has been able to use her skills in occasions such as school projects.

“It was a nice break to just relax and do something I enjoyed doing,” Rayburn said. “It’s nice to be able to have that freedom.”

Pentecost plans to continue her education by pursuing a degree in architecture in college and continue her art degree through electives. 

“It’s a requirement for graduation [and] it gives you a good break throughout your day so that you [don’t] have to focus on just the academic aspect of school,” Pentecost said. “[You] can build your portfolio as a person because, if you’re not into art and you take one art class, you have a better perspective on life.”