By Samantha Morris ’21
The artwork of eighth and ninth grade students enrolled in first semester visual arts courses was exhibited in a showcase on Jan. 26. The event was held in the Arlene Schnitzer Gallery from 3:30-5 p.m. Although initially scheduled for Jan. 12, the showcase was postponed to allow seventh grade art more time to be shared. The event featured works from all visual arts electives, and the display will remain viewable until the beginning of March. Students have said that they are appreciating this extended opportunity to observe art.
“Every time I walk into Wang Hall, I pass the art and enjoy seeing the work of my classmates,” Natalie Barnouw ’21 said.
The event was organized through the combined efforts of all visual arts instructors, who began curating pieces in early January. The showcase was formatted as a gallery opening, and attendees viewed the art while the Middle School Jazz Explorers performed. Pizza was also served, along with baked goods brought by a student.
“It was so exciting to see the art and listen to music. I feel like it was a really good way to show our community what we have been doing,” art student Ella Moriarty ’21 said.
This event was designed to honor students in first-semester visual arts classes, and to acknowledge all the hard work they have done. There will be a second showcase at the end of the year featuring the work of those in second-semester art courses. Students, parents and teachers attended this recent showcase.
“I thought the best part of the whole show was the collaboration and having the Jazz Explorers there to perform. It just made it a very festive show, and everyone was very proud to see their work and proud to hear the music of our students,” Visual Arts Department Head Katherine Palmer ’98 said.