Our mission: to enlighten and to entertain

The Griffin

Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

Audrey Houghton, Staff writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on RedditPin on PinterestPrint this page

One sketchbook plus one pencil equals a masterpiece – at least in junior, Joslyn Lapinski’s case.

Lapinski, who takes five Advanced Placement classes, finds her fantastical artwork is a relaxing outlet. Still, she said, if she has learned anything in her Gifted and Talented Studio Practice class, and attention to detail is crucial.

Her teacher, Christopher Marsico, is quick to compliment her work ethic on her piece based on a still life.

“She is focusing on the small details, making sure she gets the reflections in the glass,” he said. “She’s following the instructions exactly as I gave as far as layering the colors,” Marsico said.

Lapinski hasn’t always excelled at art. Her skills emerged in high school.

“I don’t believe it’s an innate talent,” she said. “Art is something anyone can do.

Lapinski credits retired art teacher James Kuhlman with helping and inspiring her.

“What he was telling me to do actually made me a lot better, and he also introduced me to a lot of things I never used before like water colors.” Lapinski said.

Lapinski’s especially pleased with a ballpoint pen composition that features blue jays with hands reaching up toward them. Those hands symbolize how complete freedom is unattainable, she said, adding that she usually works realistically.

“I include humans or animals in most of my artwork because I like to appreciate their natural beauty,” she said.

Lapinski doesn’t just create in a classroom setting.  She sketches at home, often to music.

“Music can really set my mood and influence the themes that I focus on, and certain lyrics are really inspiring,” she said, adding that Twenty-One Pilots is among the bands she has enjoyed recently.

She doesn’t limit herself to just one genre and doesn’t worry about the perfection of her final outcome. It’s something she does to find calm.

“Art can just be something simple and enjoyable to do as a distraction from other things,” Lapinski said, “It’s just like any other hobby that just takes you out of your head for a little while.”

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

    Artist Among Us

    Photographer snares nature shots

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

    Artist Among Us

    Cheng’s musical prowess astounds

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

    Artist Among Us

    Her voice packs emotion

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

    Five Things to Know

    5 Things To Know: Weeks of March 20-31

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski


    Juice bar energizes with natural alternatives


    March 2017 Edition

  • Opinion

    Saudi Arabian video combats sexism

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

    Athlete of the Week

    Positivity drives captain

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski


    Scene at Dulaney: STEM students win

  • Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

    Photo Gallery

    Sharp intellect propels sophomore to victory