An exhibition of Arts Department faculty work is currently on view in Walton Gallery at George School. The show features work by teachers of ceramics (Judy Bartella and Nancy Williams), painting and drawing (Pamela Grumbach), photography (Danielle Picard-Sheehan), and woodworking and furniture design (Carter Sio). The exhibition will run through September 30.
Some of the faculty chose to display work that they created using an art form other than their principal one. "It's fun when we work outside of our medium," said ceramics teacher Judy Bartella, who has a series of watercolor and marker paintings on view in Walton Gallery. Early this term she will take her advanced students to the library to research the use of patterns in art history. Each student will choose a pattern from an historical work of art, nature, or the world around them, and then consult Judy on an individual basis to adapt and incorporate it into his or her work.
Mirrors and chairs by woodworking and design teacher Carter Sio are also a part of the exhibition. One of his chairs, entitled Flotsam and Jetsam, is made of found objects from a beach in Maine. Much of the wood his students use to create their furniture is recycled from trees on campus that are no longer living. "I try to salvage what I can," he said. His beginning students learn to build a small wooden box by hand and progress to crafting complex pieces of furniture.
All George School students take four year-long courses in the arts. In addition to ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, and woodworking and furniture, the Arts Department offers courses in vocal and instrumental music, theater arts, dance, video production, and journalism. The Arts Department encourages students to be creative and enjoy themselves while they practice and appreciate a specific art form. In addition, students learn to be discriminating when they evaluate their own and others' work.
About George School
George School, founded in 1893 by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), teaches that each person shares a responsibility for helping to make the world a better place. The student body is diverse, representing twenty states and thirty foreign countries and a variety of ethnic, racial, religious, academic, and economic backgrounds. Each year more than $4 million in need-based financial aid is provided to eligible students.