It is always a pleasure to see former students. They delight and surprise you with the wonderful details of their exciting lives after BHS. Cindy Luong was a fabulous artist and academic student who went off to study at NYU. She will graduating this spring with a Bachelors of Science.
I took this picture of Cindy in front of the mural at Francis Wyman. Her portrait was painted into the picture when she was an elementary student. Cindy was back at Francis Wyman to visit and reminisce. She had wonderful things to say about her education at Francis Wyman. She raved about the education that she received there and the impact that it made on her is obvious.
In the photograph Cindy is wearing clothes from BHS Alum Rachel Faller and fashion designer who owed Keokjay Fashion design company in Cambodia. Cindy went to Cambodia to work for Rachel for eight months. Cindy told me about her wonderful experience there and all that she learned from her work at Keokjay. Rachel has now started her second company Tonle. It is so wonderful to hear about the great alumni network that Burlington students created for themselves.
Cindy is a kind, caring young adult who is eager to make an impact on the world and community. She was a talented artist at BHS and now has her sights on moving to California and studying acupuncture.
Here is some of her beautiful artwork that she created as a student here at BHS with educator George Ratkevich.
Burlington students showcased their 3D printer creations at the 1:1 Summit
Students Steal The Show At #NE1to1
This post first appeared on the Burlington Public Schools Blog
We held our third annual New England 1:1 Summit at Marshall Simonds Middle School this past Saturday. Part of the summit was the first New England Student Showcase, a session that highlighted student work from Burlington and other schools in the area.
As attendees walked through the Marshall Simonds Middle School Learning Commons and spoke with students about their work, it quickly became clear that the students were stealing the show. But isn't this our ultimate goal as educators, setting our students up so that they can go out and "wow" people?
For all of those who brought students to the showcase I say this: "Kudos and mission accomplished!" Check out the brief Storify I put together about the student showcase as well as the great post from Jenn Scheffer on the BHS Help Desk blog.
It is always great to get the students of the classroom and see great art. The Drawing and Painting, AP Art and Portfolio students spent the day at the MFA Boston enjoying art and finding inspiration.
Students engaged in great discussions and examine work. Here the students were comparing Jackson Pollack's early work and later action paintings. The students also had fun and enjoyed their day at the museum. Not only do I want the students to see and experience art but I want to build patrons and supporters of museums and art in their community. It was great to spend time with young adults who want to
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**This was originally posted on 4/23/13
What a week.... Hard to digest everything that happened. Many times I thought of you- my students, since we were on vacation I wanted many times to talk to you about how you were doing and digesting all of the feelings and emotions that go along side a tragedy. I wanted to talk to you about how this is a great time to create art. Art is a healthy way to deal with all of the emotions you may be feeling.
Many artists use art as a means to deal with tragedy. Here are just a few works of art created after tragic events.
Probably Picasso's most famous work, Guernica is certainly the his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi's devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War.
Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace. On completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour helped bring the Spanish Civil War to the world's attention.
The tragic events that occurred on December 14 at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., ended 26 lives and left the entire nation confused, angry and anxious. Artist Jeremy Collins reacted by channeling his complex emotions and desire to help into a two-color sketch conveying the massive community of friends, community members and absolute strangers willing to send their prayers and support to the victims.
After receiving an overwhelming response to the piece on Facebook, Collins put the prints up for sale, using proceeds to help pay for families' funeral costs. Collins spreads his message, "the world mourns with you all," through this powerful portrait.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Honoring the lives of those who were lost is at the heart of our mission. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.
Lady Liberty, a Statue of Liberty replica, stood honor guard outside the firehouse of Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9. The firehouse lost 15 of their men at the World Trade Center on 9/11. How Lady Liberty appeared outside the firehouse is unknown, but its presence encouraged the public to leave messages and tributes. Explore the Lady Liberty statue and learn more about the ornaments that adorn it and the stories of tribute behind them.
Local artist and printmaker, Randy Garber will complete a five day artist residency with all of my Design and Drawing and Painting students. During her residency students will learn how to create a wide range of prints using the intaglio press.
The Cambridge Street Gallery is currently displaying seven of Randy's works. She will be at BHS on Friday, April 4, April 11, May 2, May 9 and May 18.
Randy Garber has exhibited prints, paintings and mixed media installations nationally and internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections including The Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Decordova Museum, Boston Athenaum, the Boston Public Library; the Karp Cancer Research Building, and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in Portland, ME.
She is a 2011 recipient of the Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and has received grants and awards from the Puffin Foundation, the St. Botolph Foundation, the Capelli di Angeli Foundation, Somerville Arts Council and several other sources. She is a published author of articles in Arts Media, the Journal of Communication Arts and Contemporary Impressions, the Journal of the American Print Alliance.
Her most recent solo exhibition, Made in Translation, was at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2010 she had two solo exhibitions, which were reviewed in Art New England among other publications. She has been a guest artist at Princeton University and currently teaches Printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art.
Thank you to the Burlington Education Foundation for funding this project.
Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.