Student Artists on the Rise
by Faith Pang on Friday, October 5th, 2012
As summer leaves us and autumn starts to roll around, the student body begins to settle into a routine. Wake up, go to class, go to sports, go home, do homework, sleep, and the cycle starts over. Taking a moment to admire the student art around campus will speed up the day and add the dash of excitement we all all need.
Milton offers art in a number of different forms, including dance, photography, 2D and 3D studio art, creative writing, and film. Every student is required to take at least one art credit during his or her Milton career, and most students choose to continue with the arts even after filling the minimum requirement. This year, many student artists are coming into their own in the arts department. Look out for work by the following up-and-coming Milton artists.
Students in Introductory Dance include Illadro Sauls (III), Deana Reyes (III), Nicole Swirbalus (III), Deirdre McGovern (II), Emmy Bosworth (III), Jess Levey (II), Allison Choi (III), Destiny Polk (III), and Michaela Brickley (III). The class, taught by dance and choreography instructor Kelli Edwards, conditions students in the basics of dance and consists of a substantial amount of warm up work and stretching. The students also participate in a number of excercises, such as a student favorite which combines classical ballet and modern technique. The class dances to a diverse range of music, spanning from European pop and classical music to African beat. As choreography can become complex, each student has their own dance notebook, in which they write down Ms. Edwards’ combinations. The hard-working class meets five times a week, and will showcase their work on Arts’ Night.
In 3D Studio Art, students like Cassandra Rice (III), DJ Gopie (II), Duncan Day (II), Rich Gedney (III), Debbie Lee (II), Nelson Thomas (II), Kendall Hall (II), Josh Pomper (I) and Lily McCarthy (III) are constructing sculptures out of standard household appliances such as clothes pins and cardboard. The class has already completed a number of outlandish challenges, such as constructing an egg drop and building the tallest freestanding structure possible from cardboard. While, in the general community, 3D art is often overlooked, Milton admires this unique genre of art and the artists who take part in it.
Studio Art is among the most popular art courses offered at Milton. Students include Erica Loh (III), Justin Yoon (III), Tiffany Guan (II), Rachelle Bower (II), Ben Gagnon (III), Matt Langen (III) and Colby Parsons (III). Students commence class by hanging their homework on the wall for feedback. The young artists then do arm and hand exercises, drawing circles, squares, and lines to warm up their motor skills. They are currently learning to make simple objects appear three-dimensional by focusing on angles and lighting. Look out for Studio Art’s paintings and drawings at Arts Night and the student art shows.
Film is another important form of art on campus. In a course called Film & Video Production: Moving Image, students Santa Vivar (III), Jaya Khetarpal (III), Neekon Vafa (III), Jamie Little (III), Arooshee Giroti (III), and Yoav Segev (III) are becoming familiar with the different elements of film and examining what makes a movie effective. So far, students have watched the movie Signs and discussed the artistic choices of the director, and the role that these choices play in the telling of the story.
Art is an integral part of Milton culture and I strongly urge you to support your friends’ creative efforts throughout the year. Last year’s seniors have certainly left big shoes to fill, but I am confidant that these rising Milton artists will leave their marks in the Arts Department as the year continues on.
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