Creating Public Art. Guided by their teachers, students will develop a vocabulary for looking at and talking about art by exploring the work in several summer exhibitions at the Museum: LOOK HERE Speed, a collection of works depicting motion on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, John Toole: Itinerant Painter and Charlottesville Collects Himalayan Art, as well as photography, American Realism, and Joseph Cornell boxes from the Museum's permanent collection. Students will observe, explore and gain artistic skills through museum tours, presentations, and studio concentration on techniques and materials. Concurrently, they will work in small groups, using computers to develop dynamic compositions for large-scale outdoor paintings inspired by museum pieces. Finished paintings will be exhibited publicly in the Charlottesville area.
Open to rising 6th to 12th graders, students in the Advanced Academy will spend part of each day in the workshops described below. Students should indicate the workshop in which they are most interested on the Advanced Academy application.
Exploring Portraiture. Working with photographer Stacey Evans, students will establish an understanding of the relationship between photographer and subject in the creation of a portrait. After laying a foundation by examining the art of historical masters, Evans will guide students through the portrait making process as they strive for portrayal of individual personality in their work. Students will participate in the creative process as both subject and artist, creating self-portraits as well as portraits using other students as subjects. Students will work with 4x5, medium film format and digital cameras, and traditional and mixed media processes to create three to five final pieces.
Alternative Painting Techniques. There are many other ways to create art than applying paint to canvas. Fresco is the technique of painting on fresh, moist plaster that Michelangelo used to create the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Artist Rob Tarbell will lead students in an exploration of other painting processes that can bring a rich material dimension to the creative process, including fresco, encaustic and egg tempera. Tarbell will guide students through a series of exercises designed to refine skills as well as help them identify and develop their own artistic goals. Students will use traditional processes to create two finished pieces in the session.