Today (3/8) the Art World group visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in mid-town NYC. The museum offered students the rare opportunity to view a significant exhibition of Joan Miro's work. The MoMA is also home to a countless number of other contemporary artist's work, such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Manet, Seurat, and Rothko. A special treat was a gallery talk hosted by a dear friend of Mr. Walker's, Alexi Worth. Mr. Worth is a producing artist, a faculty member at Yale and a highly informed art historian.
Student blog entries:
(Leanna C.) Today we went to the MoMA which I have been to before, but there was some new stuff this time around. It was interesting to see how it had changed and what was still changing about it. What I loved most about this museum was that it had Monét's giant water lily paintings, I haven't seen them since I went to Amsterdam which was a while ago, so it was nice to be able to see them again.
(Cameron T.) Today we went to MoMA Museum where we saw lots of modern and contemporary art, and even famous art from people like Van Gough, Claude Monet, and even Jackson Pollock. I really liked the the Jackson Pollock art and the abstract art from Georges Braque. My favorite part was having a “tour guide” who told us about his opinions and what he learned about them.
Today (3/7) the Art World group traveled to NYC. After checking into the hotel, we headed straight for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Students thoroughly enjoyed the massive Andy Warhol show as well as work in the museum's permanent collection. After a delicious dinner, everyone happily settled into their hotel rooms for a much-needed rest. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is on the agenda tomorrow.
Student blog entry:
(Leanna C.) Today we traveled to New York City to go to the Whitney Museum. We saw lots of contemporary art here, particularly from the artist Andy Warhol but there was a lot of other artists too. I don't think there was anything I didn't like about it because I enjoyed everything I saw here.
Today (3/6) was a particularly dynamic day in and out of the studio. The group spent the morning creating art presentations, which they then delivered and discussed during the afternoon session. Students also had time to complete previous art projects. The capstone event of the day was an emulation project based on the work of Jackson Pollock. Students dripped and drizzled paint on three huge canvases, recreating 'action paintings' first introduced by Jackson Pollock.
Student blog entry:
(Leanna C.) Today we worked on a massive art project where we took different colored paints and used paint brushes and sticks to splatter onto a large piece of paper. Even though it was freezing outside it was still fun. I'm not used to making a mess on purpose, so I think it was an exciting change for me.
Today (3/5) we visited the New Britain Art Museum, located in New Britain, CT. Students enjoyed a large exhibition of Georgia O'keeffe's work, along with work completed during the same period. O'keeffe's work fit in beautifully with the theme of our Art World Winterim. After the museum experience, the students enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a restaurant in New Britain.
Today (3/4) students worked on-campus creating artwork in and out of the studio. Inspired by the work of Sean Scully and Sol Lewitt students created abstract color studies using cut paper. The group then discussed and viewed examples of the earth art movement, featuring work by Robert Smithson. Students then ventured outside to create a piece of earth art. They created a work entitled Spiral Snow Jetty.
Today (3/3) the group visited the Dia: Beacon museum, located in Beacon, NY. Students enjoyed viewing work by premier contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter, Louise Lawler, Louise Bourgeois and Richard Serra (plus many more!). Sketchbook drawings and notes continued to help document the experience.
Today (3/2), our second day in Boston, we visited the Museum of Fine Art. The museum is simply massive! Students were able to explore and enjoy the wide variety of work on display. Everyone found at least one piece to write about in their journal and to create a quick sketch. The group then headed back to Litchfield, CT in time for dinner at Forman.
Today (3/1) we visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located in the heart of Boston, MA. Students enjoyed the opportunity to view a private collection of artwork assembled by a woman in 1850 - 1890. Her home, now a museum, offers a glimpse into another world art and architecture. The collection of artwork is immense and diverse.
Student blog entry #1 (Lauren T):
Today we went to the Isabelle Gardner Museum. I learned that Mrs. Gardner once lived in the home before it was converted into a museum. I particularly liked the central garden area because it was filled with lots of plants and beautiful statues.
Student blog entry #2 (Cameron T.):
Yesterday we went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. There we saw many old rooms, sculptures, furniture, and paintings. All of it looked like it came out of a castle. I particularly liked the giant dining hall. What was interesting was the part where I heard that someone stole a bunch of paintings back in 1991.
Today (2/28) we visited the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. The museum offered students the ability to view and discuss a wide array of artwork, from the Renaissance to modern day.
The group heads to Boston tomorrow, Friday (3/1).
Student blog entry (Cameron T.):
Today we went to the Wadsworth museum where we looked at contemporary, modern, pottery, furniture, sculptures, and metal pieces. I particularly enjoyed looking at the oil paintings that were so realistic. We also saw Sean Sully’s art which had stripes, colors, and shapes.
Today (2/27) we visited the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), located in North Adams, MA. Mass MoCA is simply a fantastic museum that serves up a wide array of contemporary art. Students enjoyed time to explore the art independently and also participated in a one hour guided tour of select works. The tour was highly interactive and provided an excellent opportunity for students to ask questions and receive immediate feedback.
Student blog entries coming soon!
Today we visited the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT. Students enjoyed viewing and discussing contemporary works of art. The afternoon was spent working in the studio at Forman and creating new work inspired by what we had experience at the museum.
The Art World winterim is off to a great start. The group spent the morning discussing the fundamentals of art and design and then spent the afternoon creating art. Students are particularly excited about the first- day trip tomorrow to visit the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.
Student blog entry (Mackenzie H):
We learned about different forms of art and artists. We also learned how artists use their work to express how they are feeling. I learned how to use a paintbrush loosely with water and to use different vocabulary words to describe art. I particularly liked the idea of using my creativity to express emotion. I loved the opportunity to paint and use detail for my new project.
Pictures and daily blog entries will appear here starting Monday, February 25th, 2019.
Day #1 (Monday, 2/25) includes a discussion and presentation focusing on the elements of art, principles of design and basic color theory. We will spend the afternoon on-campus working in the art studios creating works that demonstrate understanding of the principles discussed in the morning session.