“When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution in a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” – Sol LeWitt
At the core of BCD’s vibrant Arts program are a group of talented artists who, in addition to bringing their skills and perspectives to our students, are also participating in the contemporary art world at large.
Here are some upcoming exhibitions where you will find incredible works by our Arts faculty:
Ben Evans (K-6 Ceramics, and Functional Tableware)
Geoffrey Young Gallery
40 Railroad St., Great Barrington, MA
February 3-25, 2018
Reception: February 3, 5-7PM
Dana Piazza (Conceptual Drawing)
“Between the Lines”
Albany Center Gallery
488 Broadway, Suite 107, Albany, NY
January 30 – February 23
Reception: February 2, 5-8PM
Max Spitzer (K-6 Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, Painting with Color)
“Sarah Pike, Michael Smoot, Max Spitzer”
Carroll House Gallery at Keene State College
229 Main St., Keene, NH
February 13 – March 8
Reception: February 13, 5-7PM
The Art Studios are alive with creative energy! Upper School students are exploring all kinds of mediums and processes through vastly different offerings this term. Ben Evans’ “Focus on Function” ceramics class uses functional tableware styles from around the world to inspire students to create their own pieces with hand building and wheel-working techniques. Color theory is the focus of Max Spitzer’s painting class which is followed by his sculpture class that centers around mold-making and plaster work. New teaching artist Dana Piazza (‘o6 BCD2S) leads “Conceptual Drawing” where students are using Sumi inks and special drawing tools to create abstract drawings driven by self-authored instructions.
Check out our artists in action!
For their final project of the term, 5th Grade students learned about glass, its properties, and the many ways this medium can be sculpted, blown, molded, slumped, and poured. In particular, we studied the fundamentals of glass fusing, the technique used to join glass pieces together by partly melting it at a high temperature.
It was exciting to explore this new process, a first for BCD students! Check out the results of our project below!
Grades K-4 have been busy in the Mixed Media studio creating artworks of all kinds! Stop by the Furey Hallways and Learning Commons to see:
Picasso-inspired “Pop Out Portraits” by Kindergarten…
Mixed Media Paintings and Futuristic City Scapes by Grades 1&2…
Plaster Masks by 3rd Grade…
and Floating Hot Air Balloon Sculptures by 4th Grade!
Stay tuned for large-scale sculptures by Grades 5 & 6 which will be on display for Thanksgiving Soup!
Arts Block students are up to their elbows in clay as they have begun to create works inspired by renown ceramic artists! This week, the class is studying German-born British potter Hans Coper and modernist sculptor Ruth Duckworth, creating wheel-thrown pieces in the style of these influential artists.
Our Kindergarten artists have been hard at work, creating a large-scale collaborative body painting and monoprint collages. Stop by Furey Hall to see their artwork on display!
The studio is alive with creative energy! Kindergarten through 6th grade students are building, sculpting, collaborating, and exploring. Check out these works in progress that include materials such as plaster, cardboard, paper maché, wood, sparkly paint, and more!
4th Grade also took a trip to Art Omi this week. Students had an opportunity to engage with internationally renown works of art including new pieces by Tony Tasset, Angela Bulloch, Gosia Wlodarczak, Tom Burr and Matt Wedel. We also painted with giant ‘fingers’ created by artist Charles Clough!
R.J. Palacio’s Wonder has spread kindness in classrooms and communities across the country, inspiring a “Choose Kind” Movement. Here in the BCD Art Studio, grades 3-6 spent the last week becoming a “Wonder Kind Certified Classroom” through participating in a series of creative and collaborative activities.
Students created a visualization of what kindness and inclusion mean to them as a design project. Eight winning designs from across the country will be old through GapKids, with 100% of proceeds donated to Wonder charities myFace and CCA Kids.
BCD has committed to #ChooseKind with artwork for kids, by kids, supporting kids! Check out some of our designs…