The Mt. Everett Madrigals are preparing for the holidays! Here is a video of them singing The Nutcracker March in the atrium.
Middle school art students have been practicing illustration and working with concepts in Quarter 1 Art. They will be exhibiting their work this Friday, October 11th at Simon's Rock as part of the Berkshire Middle School Arts Festival funded in part by the Eagle Fund. The festival consists of a series of lessons, events, and installations intended to connect our middle school students with the art community in the Berkshires and beyond. Their work explores "water" as a concept and will be displayed at the shadow production of "Liquid States" by performing art group, Cave Dogs. Mt Everett students will also be displaying their talents as the opening act to this production as part of a residency with Cave Dogs and Berkshire Pulse teaching artist, Tom Truss.
Please join us this Friday - October 11 - 7:30 - Bard College at Simon's Rock - Daniel Art Center
The High School Chorus is at full stride with 66 students enrolled for the class this year! That many students creates some logistical issues, such as fitting those students into the chorus room, the heat of 66 bodies working together, and the higher cost of ordering music. Now, we all know that numbers do not equal quality, but I am happy to report that the quality is just as high as you have come to expect from the Mt. Everett Choral Program. Stay tuned for concert dates!
Art students joined 16 other groups from around the world to invest time into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our group was assigned to goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. We were tasked with addressing our goal and it's many targets, and we naturally chose art as a means to raise awareness. Student illustrations were responses to reading and discussion of issues such as gun violence, abuse, trafficking, corruption, legal identity, and equal justice under the law. They learned and practiced contour drawings, continuous line drawings, skin tones, acrylic transfers, and more. Their final composition includes elements of their lessons. The central figure heads with a unified body represent the people with thought bubbles about relevant issues. The flanking figures are puppeteers who control their thoughts just as they control the law-making institutions.
Yesterday evening we celebrated the work of Jean Germain, a resident of Monterey, and a lifelong educator and artist. Long before the digital age, her exploration with experimental techniques and materials in photography produced images that have stood the test of time. Germain's artwork will be on display in the Community Gallery Space of Mount Everett until December.
In ceramics class, students experimented with horse hair firing. After their pieces were bisqued, we fired them in the test kiln to 1115 degrees. They pulled them out at that temperature and laid down strands of horse hair to create lines, patterns, and carbon flashing. Special thanks to Mrs. Melino's horse, Nickelodeon for his donation!