This fall, the Art Department has been fortunate to have Tilly Strauss working with us while Linda D’Arco
has been taking a maternity leave. Ms. Strauss has been teaching both
Studio Art and Digital Art at Berkshire, and although she will be
leaving us at the Thanksgiving break, she has already made a powerful
and lasting impression on both the students and her colleagues. She
immediately immersed herself in all aspects of our busy school life
(including creating the striking design of the poster for our recent
fall play, “Reckless,”) working with students on both their classroom
artwork and with portfolio preparations.
Sixth former Cassie Richards
commented that Ms. Stauss “is very nice, and she allows us to freely
express ourselves in class while incorporating interesting art styles.
For example, she had us use cardboard, charcoal, and even coffee. I’ve
never thought about using those materials before.”
Tilly, a resident of nearby Amenia, NY, is an active member of the local arts scene, as a member of the Board of the Dutchess County Arts Council, a founder of the Arteast Studio Tours and a member of the 14th Colony Artists group. She has taught at the Kildonan School, the Mill Street Loft (in Poughkeepsie, NY) and privately.
“The Art Department is one the key places where students are
encouraged to take risks and allowed to salvage the consequences," says
Ms. Strauss, a passionate and articulate advocate for the arts. “They
need to be creative thinkers in order to have effective and fulfilling
Click here to see a slideshow of select student work from this fall's Studio and Digital Art classes.