PLEASE MEET STUDENT OF THE MONTH ANTHEA ROKOP,
11TH GRADE IN RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL IN SARASOTA, FL.
Anthea attended our Winter Intensive Program and completed 16 hours of Beginning Drawing Course during the Christmas break. Here is what Anthea says regarding her experience at our school:
“Drawing is so difficult. My first class was simply constructing straight lines and I couldn’t even do that! …
After discussing perspective with my teacher today I have experienced the weirdest thing. Everything I look at is just made of simple shapes. Leaves, houses, light bulbs, etc, are made of shapes that are joined together. This has made my drawing experience a little less torturous and a lot more fun…
My last class yesterday was drawing a group of complex objects. These included a pyramid, funnel, and a hexagonal prism of some sort. It was my last challenge. However, my teacher said that I approached it like a pro. I am getting there. After 16 hours of nonstop shading, drawing, and some watercolor, I have finally begun to LOVE art. Even though I am not a fantastic artist (I’m just a beginner), I am able to open my mind in new ways that I never thought possible.”
What is your favorite subject at school? United States History and Music.
What is your favorite food? I am a huge fan of English cuisine so probably Cornish pastie.
What do you like doing in your spare time? I love to play guitar, tennis and violin. I am an avid gardener and I enjoy spending time with friends. I also tutor in math and other subjects. Art is my new passion.
We know that you play competitive tennis. When did you start playing and had you win any awards? I started playing tennis when I was 5 years old and have been playing for 12 years now. I have won many awards regarding tennis and academics. These include “Best Player in Tampa” (for ages 12 and under), Regional champion (for Riverview High School), and lastly I have been acknowledged as a Scholar Athlete.
How do you organize your time after school? It can be extremely busy. I can run from tennis practice, to tutoring 5th graders, to helping friends with projects, after school music, and so much more. To tell you the truth sometimes I don’t know how I do it. I try to keep calm and stay positive.
Do you have any future goals? My goal is to receive a dual degree in Business and Law. I want to then enter the music business or work with public relations in London. Music plays such an important role in my life that I am determined to make it a part of my future.
Why did you decide to study drawing? How did you become interested in art? Both of my parents are amazing artists and I never thought I was very good. However, I decided it was finally time to try something new for myself and found that I really love it!
Why did you chose art program at Renaissance? Renaissance has such a fantastic program. The art that Vlad does is absolutely incredible. I knew he really understood art. It just seemed like the perfect school for me.
How will you apply the knowledge you’re gaining in this program? This class taught me to view things in a different way through another perspective. It really is amazing. I cannot believe how open minded I have become.
Do you have any advice for prospective students? Art isn’t easy, whether it is drawing, painting, or even sculpting. It is a beautiful process that takes time. So don’t get frustrated. Take a deep breath and just have fun:)