school visits

Last week the galleries were filled with students from the Bates Liberal Arts Band and PVA (Performing and Visual Arts)  classes. They were greeted by artist H.C. Porter whose traveling exhibition Blues @ Home: Mississippi's Living Blues Legends is showcased in both the Chaney and Martino Galleries through March 3.

Porter explained the culture of Blues music and its heritage from the state of Mississippi, the background of the Blues @ Home project including interviews and oral histories of each living legend, and the process and techniques of her work - starting as a photograph, transforming into a high-contrast silk-screen image, and finally becoming a mixed media painting with acrylic paint and prisma-color pencil.

    

The students all had an opportunity to use the audio wands provided and listened to the oral histories of the musicians. They spent time answering questions made up by their teachers. They engaged with the artist and asked questions about her work. Additionally, they reflected on how the work relates to what they are learning about in  class, whether it be the musical and performance aspect for the band students or the mixed media technique for the visual arts students. History takes part as well. We look forward to even more groups in the coming weeks.

   

It is great to see the community engaging with our galleries and we enjoy bringing students from various schools who have found relevance in their curriculum and what we are showcasing. If you are interested in setting up a time for your class (or other group) to visit the galleries and meet the artist please contact Emily Kohlenstein (Exhibitions Coordinator) at ekohlenstein@mdhallarts.org.

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