Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Clark Art

Maple Hill High School students got a first-hand look at one of the most important artists in the Impressionism art movement on September 21 when they visited the Clark Art Institute to learn about Camille Pissarro.

The class trip provided students in French and Art classes an opportunity to view Pissarro's works, learn about the artist and even try to recreate his paintings to better understand his unique style.

"Camille Pissarro has been called the 'Dean of Impressionism'," explained art teacher Theresa Hovish. "His work embodied Impressionism's radical character more consistently than the paintings of Monet and the other artists associated with the movement."

Lecturers at the museum provided insight into Pissarro's life and works for students.

Students also visited the Clark's permanent collections, which focus almost exclusively on the Institute's founders – Sterling and Francine Clark – interest for European and American painting, sculpture, work on paper and decorative art from the Renaissance to the early 20th Century.

Students sketched a variety of artworks at the institute and the class trip also will be used in the students' studies as they write art criticisms both in English and French.

As part of the Clark Art Institute's committment to education the Institute paid the cost for the trip, including fuel for a bus to transport students. Thank you!