By Leslie Yagar, Katie Ritz, and Courtney Zarrilli
Lower School Art
It’s great to be back in the art studio! The kindergarten - fourth grade students are loving all the space they have for exploring materials and creating art. It has been wonderful to dip our paintbrushes into gooey paint and mix new colors.
Time spent in the studio is made more efficient with six big tables. The sturdy wood tables provide each student with plenty of personal space for drawing, painting, collaging, and sculpting art. The new studios are equipped with an abundance of storage that makes grabbing materials quick and easy!
Everything we need for our projects is organized in cubbies, drawers, and shelves. The best part is that everything fits behind closed doors so there is no mess!
The floor-to-ceiling windows bring beautiful northern light into the rooms. Our windows face north bringing in cool, reflective light that stays consistent throughout the day. It is never too bright or too dull, therefore, colors stay the same because there are fewer shadows.
Clean-up has been made easier with the addition of seven sinks for washing hands and materials. We added four additional sinks to our new studio to help speed up the clean-up process. The deep trough sinks make scrubbing palettes, washing brushes, and ringing out sponges far less messy because the water stays contained in the sinks.
Technology is now at our fingertips. Touch screens make art history lessons more engaging, and demonstrations are easier to view. Plus, we really enjoy listening to music while we work with the amazing surround sound in the studio!
Middle School Ceramics
The new ceramics studio is fantastic! The seventh and eighth graders are having a wonderful time working on the new wheels. There are twelve, which allows more students to take a ceramics class and learn the skills of throwing and trimming pots. Not only is it twice as large as the former ceramics studio, it has more than triple the amount of sinks! Seven trough style sinks make clean-up much easier and faster and allow the students to spend more time working with the clay. The abundance of storage space in the studio allows the students to find the tools they need more easily and create many more masterpieces! There are two new tables that have removable canvas covers for an easy change from wedging wet clay work to a convenient space for glazing bisque pieces. The kiln room is twice the size of the previous one and now gives us the ability to have three large electric ceramic kilns and a smaller glass kiln for firing our students’ work in ceramics and glass. The students love the opportunities the new ceramics room provides and can’t wait to improve their skills every week!Middle School Art
Drawing, painting, printing, sculpting, and glass-fusing have all been underway in our amazing new middle school art room. It’s hard to believe at times that we get to create art in such an incredible space with an abundant amount of storage, beautiful display cabinets for student work, and power cords that hang from the ceiling. With ample space to spread out and work, surround sound to inspire their creativity through music, and natural light from our amazing large windows and sliding door, every aspect of our new room enables students to grow into their full creative potential.
The new facility is a safe space for eighth graders to dive into glass fusing, learning new skills and techniques. The seventh graders also have plenty of open space to work on their “Larger than Life” food sculptures.
Thanks to our new art room, sixth graders have been able to explore the challenges of figure drawing by modeling for one another on our giant, heavy-duty work tables.
Fifth graders were able to soak up the full experience of block printing thanks to a station set up near our giant trough sinks.
Technology in the art room has brought art history lectures to a whole new level; allowing students to interact through their iPads to play history games that cover our topics. The ELMO projector has provided students the opportunity to see art material and tool demonstrations front and center as they play live on the massive smart wall.
There is no shortage of amazing features in the art room, but perhaps the most wonderful thing of all is having a safe and fun space for our young artists to explore, get a little messy, and enjoy the creative process.
We are so thankful for our beautiful new facilities. The additional resources have enhanced the classroom experience for the students. We are able to provide our students with a comprehensive art education that engages their creativity and piques their curiosity, and continues to enhance their skills.