ARTS

A PERIOD COURSES


INSTALLATION ART

PAUL BANEVICIUS
Using fabrics, cardboard, wood, plastic, paint, and perhaps even twinkle lights, students will transform the School’s Art Gallery into something new, something unexpected, something magical! With two different periods working on one final project, the groups will collaboratively explore large-scale installation art, work to bring abstract ideas to reality, and tackle the challenges that confront artists as installations expand. The final project will be a giant three-dimensional, multi-sensory sculpture encompassing the entire gallery that completely alters the space—how we perceive it, how we walk through it, and how we experience it.

A CAPPELLA MUSIC

JEAN MAHER and LIZA JANE BRANCH ’15
Do you find yourself singing in the car, in the shower, among friends... and even to strangers? Do you watch American Idol or The Voice and think to yourself, I could do that... and win? Ever wonder what it would be like to join a group of like-minded singers, to come together to rehearse and perform current covers from popular music, and leave audiences screaming for more? Then it’s time to sign up for A Cappella Music with Mrs. Maher and Liza Jane! Some singing talent is desired, but no prior formal singing experience is required. We’ll arrange and learn at least three current covers and perform them at the end of the week.

B PERIOD COURSES

Dear Diary...The Art of Creative Journaling

BRANDI DAHARI
Throughout history, many successful artists, leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs have used journals to explore their wildest ideas and make the unimaginable reality. How can you use a journal to harness your creativity, get a handle on your fears and give voice to your dreams? In this class, you will learn to create a dynamic and exciting journal that will be a safe place for you to imagine, dream and find inspiration. We will use paint, collage and stamping to create beautiful journals, and we will look at new and exciting ways to approach journal writing to help maximize creativity and silence that inner critic!

INSTALLATION ART

PAUL BANEVICIUS
Using fabrics, cardboard, wood, plastic, paint, and perhaps even twinkle lights, students will transform the School’s Art Gallery into something new, something unexpected, something magical! With two different periods working on one final project, the groups will collaboratively explore large-scale installation art, work to bring abstract ideas to reality, and tackle the challenges that confront artists as installations expand. The final project will be a giant three-dimensional, multi-sensory sculpture encompassing the entire gallery that completely alters the space—how we perceive it, how we walk through it, and how we experience it.

LEARN TO PLAY THE BAGPIPES

MIKE DALTON
Want to learn how to play the iconic musical instrument of the Clans of the Highlands and one of the world’s oldest instruments? This course will introduce participants to the Great Highland Bagpipe, which is known as Piob Mhor. No musical experience required. Participants will need to purchase a practice chanter, which all pipers use to practice their tunes. By the end of the week participants should be able to work through tunes like Scots Wae Hae and Amazing Grace. During the week, students will have the opportunity to handle several types of pipes. Oh, and you don’t actually have to be Irish or Scottish, as bagpipes are played by peoples all over the globe.

METAPHORICAL SELF-PORTRAITS

CHARLOTTE SCHULZ
Who are you? What is essential to your identity? How might that identity or essence be represented? In this class, we will explore the use of metaphor and symbol in works of art and how objects, space, and light can be utilized as stand-ins for qualities and characteristics that portray a person. Initiated through self-exploratory writing, students will develop an image that depicts who they are or aspects of themselves. In creating their metaphorical self-portrait, each student will decide their own approach in terms of painting, drawing, or collage/mixed media.

THE PLAY IS THE THING: FESTIVAL OF THEATER APPRECIATION

SUSIE NORRIS ’79
“All the world’s a stage, and the men and women are merely players.” So wrote William Shakespeare in his comedy As You Like It. In this theater appreciation course, we will cover the enduring value of Shakespeare in modern theater through a close study of two classic plays, a field trip, and a professional critique writing assignment. Students will consider how plays differ from other types of art and literature and discover the value of the performing arts while learning to think critically about plays as literature and as entertainment. 

Berkshire School

245 North Undermountain Road
 |  Sheffield, MA 01257
 |  T: 413 229 8511

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