Virtual Visual Arts Summer Session

Visual Arts department chair Elizabeth Wepsic describes the virtual summer session experience as “amazing.”
Ms. Wepsic adds, “The Zoom platform along with Google drive worked well to manage the content and teach with a student-directed emphasis. I was able to actively combine research and resources easily and felt a common ground with the students on the screen. There was a delightful casual rigor that overall worked very well. A huge thanks to Summer Session director Ben Duehr, who went above and beyond. He did a stellar job making this possible.”
Here’s a tiny sampling from the students’ Google gallery/presentation that the upper school Mixed Studio class produced. Photos of student art at right, students’ artist statements below.
Elizabeth Jin ’24
“Through my characters, I wish to express the difference between the physical and emotional experience. I hope to give people a venue to navigate their own and other’s feelings; sympathy that can be used to better understand why people believe and act in order to acknowledge the grey area of action and intention.”
Jennifer Xiao ’24
“In my art pieces, I represent songs and music through visual artwork. By listening to each of the songs while drawing, it creates a flow of inspiration - of feeling, rhythm, and tone. Following the patterns in the music, I made shapes and lines that matched them, as well as choosing colors and objects that represent the song’s emotion. For my piece to the song “Grand Escape,” using Procreate and iMovie, I took some elements of the movie it was from and combined it with line patterns and different colors. I do this because I really enjoy both visual arts and music, and wanted to find a way to connect them. I want to give songs more meaning and explore how songs portray emotion.
Marina Khoury ’24
“I make artwork that represents how people may view and live in the world differently based on different past experiences. I use multiple media in every piece based on what I feel would showcase the point or meaning of a piece best and am always trying to expand the list of materials I can work with. My goal with my pieces is to add to people’s understanding (including my own) of what factors may majorly impact how some people live their lives. I want to develop empathy for and knowledge of other people’s realities.”
Brooke Fitz Cluster ’23
“Through this piece I wanted to allow viewers to see/experience the way different people process information or scenery around them. For example, the picture on the left with the sunset pictures all around them show how some people just enjoy the moment and don’t really take everything in, while others acknowledge what is happening and think about the deepest things in their lives.”
Danek Diez Barroso ’24
“I do my work because simply I seek the extraordinary in the ordinary, my work embodies both Picasso and Dali.  My work is simple but creative and different. My goal is to combine both Surrealism and Cubism and then leave the meaning to the viewer's perspective.”  
Sancia Milton ’22
“I make art because I want to show the connection between 2D art and music. I use watercolor, pencil sketches, and some stopmotion to prove that no matter the medium, we experience the same deep synthesis of emotion after listening to art and after seeing art. Everything from metal ballads to alternative hits inspires me to find the colors and stories within each melody, and to translate them onto paper. Through sharing songs and sharing sketches, I’ve witnessed that art in any of these forms is a bridge between all communities, families, friendship, and parts of oneself. I will inevitably use characters in my work to prove that the stories art tells are stories felt worldwide, and to make my viewers feel less alone. If I connect with just one person because I draw a song in a way that makes them say, ‘hey, me too,’ then I will have done what I set out to do.”
Alexandra Midler ’22
“In my art, I strive to demonstrate not only the technical aspects of an artistic movement, but also the societal influences which were crucial to its development. I combine these aspects through mixed media, providing textual research to accompany my drawings and paintings. In my latest project, I focused on movements from the late 19th and early 20th century: Cubism, Pointillism, and Surrealism. All three share a consistent theme; they no longer endeavour to render an objective reality, but rather a subjective one. Without the historical context, present day viewers cannot fully understand the artists’ motivation, which inhibits their appreciation for these important periods. I hope to educate through my art.”
Liam Diez Barroso ’24
“My paintings represent the commonality of shapes and reality. I am interested in expressing how shapes form reality just like things may form a person. In my paintings I look forward for painting visual and colorful abstract shapes that pile-up adjacently to form a reality where I want to create a sense of closeness and formation. I want to make each shape in my painting unique, not for the shapes to blend in with one another. Each shape must have different colors so I can best represent the process of combination.
Hewitt Watkins ’23
“I aim to capture the internal confusion and cultural divide I experience due to growing up in America with two Kiwi parents. I express my experiences with New Zealand and American culture through works of spray paint or photoshop. I enjoy spray painting objects and ideas that represent my ties to both countries because it allows me to compare and contrast the two cultures' impacts on my life. I find making art about my cultural background very rewarding because it allows me to show others my connection to my cultures. I hope my art serves as a bridge between worlds—between America and New Zealand.
Ayden Chang ’23
“My goal is to show my version of what I think the prehistoric world looked like, and I aim to show that even though what you see is what I think the world would have looked like, there are thousands of other ways it could have looked like made by thousands of other people, as well as educating people about the prehistoric world and the animals that lived in it. I usually only use a pencil and paper, as simple as you can get, but that’s enough to create whole new worlds rooted in science and history, but created by my imagination.”
Sophia Scott ’21
“My inspiration rises from two areas: I am largely inspired by the changes I and others have faced due to quarantine, as this has significantly altered our lives; but my other work stems from my desire to become a doctor and my wish for that moment to come sooner. I want to accentuate the contrast between what we can do in the present versus what we truly wish we could be doing. I do this by taking photographs of the parts of life that have been changed and using photoshop editing to compare them to photographs I had taken before quarantine, as well as by taking photographs of parts of my life that have involved medicine thus far.
Helena Roseman ’21
“I find beauty in the abstract patterns and bold colors in the natural world. I take my interpretations of these images; done by pen, and transform them into a digital image, which I then format to create a ‘digital textile.’ My goal is to create unique images that capture the spirit of joy that I obtain from the raw beauty of the Earth. I hope that this is not only represented, but embodied, by wearing my prints.”
Scott Dyvig ’22
“I draw architecture based on things that I find in the world. I first find an inspiration and then I grow that idea into a structure. This is because I am curious about the structures of things and the function of these structures and I want to explore it. Before drawing, I built this fountain in Minecraft to be sure it would look right.”
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