Some of the world’s best art has been produced in times of crisis.
Some of Staples High School’s best, too.
For proof, look at the first newsletter from the Visual Arts Department. It’s filled with stunning drawings, paintings, photography, digital works, animation, jewelry, ceramics and pottery.
Even more remarkably, the students’ creations were done at a time of uncertainty and upheaval — when time to study in a classroom or work in a studio was at a premium.
Painting students bring supplies to school the one day a week their class meets, then haul them back home. Teachers create demo videos outside of class time, to augment their lessons. Feedback takes different forms in cyberspace. Digital art students lack the powerful software available on school computers. And without potters’ wheels and kilns at home, students use air-drying clay, and focus on hand-building techniques.
Despite the challenges, it works. Teachers still teach. Teenagers create. At a time when we need it more than ever, Staples art continues to intrigue and inspire.
The curriculum includes Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing, Honors Studio Art, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Advanced Painting, Painting Big, Silkscreen and Advanced Silkscreen; Photography 1 and 2; Graphic Design 1 and 2; Animation; Digital Foundation Honors; Advanced Placement 3D Art; Jewelry Design and Advanced Jewelry Design; Ceramics, and Pottery.
(The Staples High School visual arts staff includes Carla Eichler, Camille Eskell, Jaclyn Jeselnik, Stacey Phelan, Justin Shay, Angela Simpson and Tracy Wright.)