The Advanced Placement art class of Jennings County High School is one of few classes where the work of students can be found outside of the classroom.

The students are tasked to create art that displays their talents, and are given few, if any, restrictions. Students are free to use any material, style or subject they see fit, allowing them to create pieces that differ greatly from each other. For some students, this includes photography, sewing, ceramics or painting.

Each of the 10 students have had a small collection of their artwork on display at A Perfect Day Cafe in downtown North Vernon since the first of the year. Their exhibits will remain up until Jan. 31.

Exhibits such as this are not a first for the small cafe. Karen Chilman, the teacher that oversees the Advanced Placement art course, has held art shows there for nearly 12 years. Last year, rather than showing a collection of their work, her students displayed life-sized depictions of themselves.

This year’s students will have an additional opportunity to showcase their artwork again in May with another art show, this time located at the Stellar Building in downtown North Vernon. This will be only the second year that this building has been used to display student art.

As for A Perfect Day Cafe, it will see another art show in February, this time with Chilman’s artwork.

For those who want to see the students’ artworks, A Perfect Day Cafe is located at 221 E. Walnut St., and is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School.