A new art exhibit featuring work by students in the Technique & Artistry co-curricular program opened in the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery in late November. The multi-media show includes work by 24 students who participated in the program, led by visual arts teacher Andrew Richards P'20 '23, from the opening of school in September through the end of the Fall Term. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of December.
The Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the Upper Parking Lot off Kirby Road, with a limited number of accessible parking spaces outside the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center.
Every student who participates in Technique & Artistry is required to focus on creating finished work that will be included in a community art show at the end of the term. Students may enroll in the program one term per year, from freshman to senior year, and work independently in a variety of mediums, from painting and drawing to photography, ceramics, textile art, and jewelry-making.
The current exhibit includes pencil and colored pencil drawings, including perspective drawings, like the cube by Will Bartoli '25 in the style of M.C. Escher. Marley Kennedy '25 completed several beautiful, big paintings with Surrealist themes in acrylic on canvas. Mairin Hoffman '25 did a series of cloud paintings, and Oskar Umeh '24 did several paintings of masks.
"He was working a lot from observation, whereas some of the other students were working from imagination or things that they were finding on their own," Richards said. "In ceramics, Ava Hu '26 did a beautiful job, and Bridie Bolger '24 did some beautiful abstract paintings but she also made a yarn dress."
Students enrolled in Richards' AP Studio Art course are strongly encouraged to participate in the co-curricular program, and may use the additional time in the studio to complete portfolios that may be submitted as part of their college application process. Those who participate in the co-curricular during the Winter Term will have an opportunity to submit work to the Kent Art Association annual Student Art Show. Those who participate in the program in the spring will also have their work exhibited in TPACC.
"What I want our art program to be about is about figuring out your creative ideas and trying to build on those ideas with your artwork. When you spend time in museums, you see that it's not just about representational art anymore. It's about expression and figuring out the way you can show that in your work," Richards said.
For questions about the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery, or to express interest in exhibiting work, please email email@example.com.