This spring term art class is spent studying both past and present innovators from within the art world. We begin the term researching 19th century painter, Georges-Pierre Seurat and his Neoimpressionist pointillism techniques. Students complete self-portraits emulating the precise mark making and careful observation of value that Seurat invented. In the second half of the term we switch our focus to the modern environmental installation artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Students work in pairs to develop, draw and construct site-specific sculptures on campus behind the upper pond. Throughout the project students must think both creatively and pragmatically in order to complete an interesting, well-built sculpture using only organic material.
This fall term art class requires students to stretch their artistic abilities between the detailed, precision work of an architect and the innovative construction of sculptor. We begin the term studying perspective in order to capture both the three-dimensional quality of buildings as well as a sense of distance. After a number of studies, each student chooses a building on the Trinity-Pawling campus that they would like to capture on paper. In the second half of the term our classroom transforms into a factory of sorts as we begin collecting found objects for a sculpture project. Students must think outside the box in order to transform trash into treasured art pieces.
Middle School Drama
One of the highlights of the school year, and an experience unique to Trinity-Pawling, is the Middle School Drama program. During the winter term, the boys create, write, produce and perform an original musical theater production. The boys themselves create settings, conflicts, characters, and resolutions to fantastic stories. They help write the songs, build the set, make costumes, and then they perform their magnum opus to enthusiastic crowds. By utilizing knowledge from nearly every aspect of academic life, this creative process enforces the lessons learned in the classroom.
New York City Trip
Each year, the Middle School embarks on a cultural trip to the Big Apple to see landmarks, museums, art exhibits and, always, a Broadway show. Past trips have included Ellis Island, The Intrepid Air Sea Space Museum, The Bodies Exhibit, and NBC Studios. Theatrical thrills included meeting Vanessa Williams after her performance of Into the Woods. They have also seen You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, John Lithgow in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters and Patti Lupone in Gypsy.