DENHAM SPRINGS -- Skulls have always fascinated Lauren Dodds.
So when it came to finding a theme for the 2019 Denham Springs High AP Student Art Show, she knew what to go with.
“The concept of all of this is skulls,” Dodds said while waving a hand over six art pieces, all featuring different skulls in different settings. “I’ve honestly always been fascinated with skulls and what’s underneath the skin.”
There was one of an alien skull in outer space, another of a shark skull on the coast, another of a dragon skull in a pit of lava, and one of a fish skull at the depths of the ocean.
But her favorite?
“Definitely the demon skull,” she said with a laugh.
Dodds’ skulls are currently hanging in Old City Hall, where artwork from nearly 20 students is on display as part of the 2019 Denham Springs High School AP Student Art Show.
The exhibit — which features 140 student-made works of art — will be on display through May 17 at Old City Hall, located at 115 Mattie Street in the Antique Village. Each student submitted anywhere from eight to 10 pieces, AP Art teacher Virginia Berthelot said.
The exhibit features a variety of mediums and art styles. Some students made portraits, some created realism or abstract pieces, some had art more focused on the animation side, some delved into photography and digital design, and others used color pencils, regular pencils or watercolors.
For her collection, Natalie Stewart showcased pencil-drawn portraits she made of various family members.
Berthelot lauded Stewart for her improvement from Art 1 to AP Art, particularly in one life-like portrait Stewart drew of her grandfather. But Stewart’s favorite was the sketch of her other grandfather, whose portrait shows him sporting a high bun.
“He was the only one who had a crazy picture for me to go off of,” Stewart joked.
Students have been working on their pieces since August, Berthelot said. The AP class requirements tasked them with making 24 works of art in two categories: the "Breath" category, which shows their range of abilities through different mediums and art styles, and the "Concentration" category, in which students pick the style of work they are more successful at and can grow from.
After completing the pieces, students select five that are then mailed off to be graded by the College Board. If students get a score of a 3, 4 or 5, they can possibly earn college credits, Berthelot said.