Portfolio Spotlight: Bethani Moore

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Portfolio Spotlight: Bethani Moore

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At Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance (KM Perform), students spend their senior year on a capstone project centered around one specific idea. Bethani Moore took this to heart with her portfolio, which is based on her experiences with the Japanese Exchange Program. 

Her portfolio relies heavily on favorite experiences from her trip and her love of dragons. “I work on my portfolio whenever I get a chance, which is quite often,” Moore says. “I enjoy working on my portfolio because it is something I am passionate about. It often brings back fond memories from my trip.”

       She has been working on her portfolio since her junior year and has tied in many classes to the project, including the Bronze Sculpture: The Lost Art of Wax Investment Casting class taught by English teacher and Writing Focus mentor Mrs. Beal and Artist-in-Residence Mr. John Hickman. She spent her time making a bronze dragon constructed out of four different pieces. In addition, she created a giant dragon drawing with only sharpie in Writing Focus mentor Mr. Weber’s Go Big! or Go Home! class last year. Moore says, “[When] I … take [KM Perform] classes, I try to take ones that allow me to work on my portfolio, such as a painting class where I can work on a watercolor piece for my portfolio. I am taking a metals class through Legacy in order to learn how to weld so that I can work on my own bronze pieces.”

Her portfolio was inspired by the school trip to Japan, led by Mr. Weber. This trip inspired a few portfolios, in addition to Moore’s. When asked about originality, Moore said that her portfolio tells her personal story through her art by using multiple mediums of art unlike anyone else. Moore goes on to say, “My trip to Japan helped inspire my portfolio because of the experience. It was my first time traveling out of the country. Japan’s culture and landscapes were astonishing, so finding … inspiration wasn’t hard.”

Moore is spending her senior year working hard and showing off her portfolio to the school in convocations and everyday in the art suite as she works on it. Her goal is to be showcasing her portfolio by May of 2020. “I hope that my portfolio will inspire others to experience the wonders of traveling. I also hope that people will appreciate my art work.”