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Senior Artists Share Favorite Memories from Their Time at Milton

by on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Art is the most important aspect of school for many at Milton. Whether it be visual or performing, art can create a critical break from academic classes and allow for a creative outlet for students. While some seniors will be continuing their artistic work in senior projects, many have just completed their final arts classes at Milton.

Chloë LeStage (I) has taken visual art, advanced sculpture, advanced ceramics, advanced independent sculpture and ceramics, and jazz. She says that “art at Milton has been a wonderful creative outlet for me, especially as a person who has never been able to commit huge chunks of time to art but needs it in her life.”

While some students realized their passion for art before freshman year, many unexpectedly come to appreciate the program after taking the required arts courses. “I started my art career at Milton in the required freshman Visual Arts and moved onto sophomore Studio Art. Even though I finished my art requirements, I ended up really liking what we were doing and wanted to continue onto Advanced Drawing and Advanced Painting and ultimately Advanced Independent Art senior year,” said Ashleigh Hogan (I). “Although I never really considered myself an artist or someone who would pursue art later in college or as I got older, I enjoyed it a lot as a hobby and somewhat of a stress reliever,” she adds.

Wes Hudson (I) also touched on the stress-relieving aspect of art, talking about how his favorite art experience didn’t come from an arts class. “It was the night that a lot of the seniors were waiting for early decisions from colleges,” Wes mentioned. “Instead of anxiously waiting around, [a friend] suggested that she could teach me how to make pottery on the wheel. I had a ton of fun and got hooked on the wheel. The thing that made it so special was that it was completely outside of any academic setting; it was just friends having fun through art.”

Because of the creative and often personal nature of the work in art classes, students often develop very strong connections with their art teachers. “I became very close with Mr. Menneg throughout the past three years of being his student in sculpture classes,” said Chloë LeStage. “Not only did he put up with all of my ridiculous ideas, he always pushed me to make it authentic.”

Chloë Walker (I) has been taking art classes throughout her thirteen years at Milton. She elaborates, saying that “art has always been a big part of my life, but this year especially I have had the chance to make it the majority of my Milton experience. I was lucky enough to be art editor of Magus Mabus, take an independent portfolio class, and take an art history class, as well as continuing painting and photography for my senior project. This year has really allowed for me to set up my own artistic path, in contrast with other years where there were not so many opportunities and options, and the classes had stricter guidelines.”

While most who continued art throughout their four years loved their experience, many wish they had changed their approach. Chloë LeStage shared that she wishes she “had more half course options for all grades so that this could be more possible. I wish I could have started earlier with jazz!” Conversely, Wes, who primarily focused on jazz in his time at Milton, stated, “I wish I had taken more visual arts courses. In finding my recent love for pottery and ceramics, I realize now that I could’ve found this earlier in my Milton career and had more time to learn about it and get better.”

Milton’s art programs hold a dear place in the hearts of many seniors who immersed themselves in the courses. While most have completed their final classes and have said goodbye to art at Milton, the arts department has set many students up to pursue their passion for art in college and later in life. It is clear that Milton’s arts department offers much to those who are willing to try something new, pursue an art passion, or find a unique, stress-relieving atmosphere at Milton.


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