Meet Awty Artist George Kapitan

Introduction to my Artwork and Theme
My name is George Kapitan, and I am an Awty Artist in the the IB Visual Arts Program. I have spent four years at Awty. My current Art Portfolio follows the theme “Intersecting Art and Medicine,” and I want my art to inspire others to intersect their interests–just as I hope to do as an artist in the medical field.

The Visual Arts Elective Experience
During 10th grade at The Awty International School, I took Visual Arts as an elective. In my elective class, I experimented with various media, such as printmaking, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, chalk, and colored pencil; a sculpture that I created within the class was exhibited at Winter Street Studios in Houston.

My Outside of School Activities and Competitions
During 9th and 10th grade, I attended art classes at the Glassell School of Art. During my time at Awty, I competed in the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Competition in 10th and 11th grade. During both years, my pieces received an Award of Excellence; in addition, I was selected as a Finalist of the competition in 10th grade. In 10th grade, I was also inducted into the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). I was elected to be Vice President of NAHS for both my 11th and 12th grade, and I presented the new NAHS inductees in my 11th grade. As a leader in NAHS, I was involved in projects, such as a school mural, the Senior IB Art Show, portraits for Syrian children, and the Via Colori chalk art festival.

The IB Visual Arts Experience
Over the course of my 11th and 12th grade, I took the Visual Arts Higher Level class for the International Baccalaureate. There are three components of the IB Visual Arts Curriculum: the Process Portfolio, the Exhibition, and the Comparative Study. For my Process Portfolio, I experimented with different media and techniques. For every piece or experiment, I created a Process Portfolio slide or sketchbook page dedicated to analyzing, refining, and reflecting. In addition, I researched various artists; for example, I was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s style to create my piece “Intersections of the Mind.” For my Exhibition, I created works that exemplified my artistic mastery, and these works followed a cohesive theme. For my Comparative Study, I chose three different artworks from three different artists that came from different historical and cultural backgrounds. I critically investigated the artworks by analyzing their formal qualities, function, and purpose. I believe my IB Visual Arts experience allowed me to create purposeful pieces, and I was able to cultivate a unique artistic style and theme.

"I believe that all my friends from a multitude of cultural backgrounds brought out the best in me. As an Awty Artist, I had so many opportunities to lead in the Arts, and I was able to cultivate my artistic talent through exploring my theme “Intersecting Art and Medicine."

- George Kapitan, Class of 2019