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Pittsfield Middle High School has received a grant through New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Globe Manufacturing of Pittsfield, New Hampshire to support an artist residency this spring.

 

Potter Kit Cornell of Exeter, New Hampshire will spend 5 days at PMHS working with students on pottery skills.

 

Ms. Cornell is a professional potter making functional pieces in both stoneware and porcelain from her studio in Exeter. Her work is appreciated and shown both here and abroad. Her forms are simple and her glazes complex, resulting from study of many cultures and traditions.

 

Her interests include using local resources, exploring clay as historical record, and ensuring the relevance of art in daily life. Art gives life meaning. Kit’s commitment to art education in general and clay education in particular may be seen in the sharing of her studio with apprentices and students, traveling to far corners of the state to teach, and presenting at workshops and conferences. Imaginations may be kindled, respect for the planet strengthened, processes taught, and skills relevant to many areas of life acquired by working in clay.

 

Organizational affiliations include the League of NH Craftsmen, New Hampshire Potters Guild, Exeter Art Association, and the Seacoast Growers Association’s Portsmouth Farmer’s Market. She has most recently been working with students at the Spaulding Youth Center in Tilton. Joining Ms. Cornell at PMHS will be her studio assistant Zack Whitehouse, a masters of education graduate student from UNH.

 

 


SS NovaSS Nova by  Alex Lamere

 

 

PMHS Art Room News

The Spring Semester has begun and a variety of art classes are being offered:

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Principles of Art
  • Ceramics
  • 7th grade Visual Arts
  • The Power of Art: How can art help make a better world?  Learning Studio

Arts and Crafts Club continues to meet every Wednesday afternoon between 3-4 p

Kit Cornell Pottery Residency-  Acclaimed Ceramic Artist Kit Cornell will be returning for a pottery workshop this March. PMHS is grateful to Globe Manufacturing and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for making this possible.

Upcoming: Loose Leaf Arts and Literature Magazine Volume 2- Advisors  Mrs. Wellington and Mr. Mitchell hope to start meeting with students to produce another issue of the school arts magazine

Artsonia! Student work continues to be exhibited on the school page at artsonia.com

 Animation at PMHS: Click  the files below for  examples of student work

 

Finsh!! by Josh Frazier

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Falling Fruit by James Polizotti

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Welcome to the PMHS Art Page

September 2013

It’s great to be back for another  year of art activities at Pittsfield Middle High School.  My hope is to guide students in learning visual art skills and personal expression by creating inspired works of art.

I believe:

  • A quality art education can help develop a student’s visual language.
  • A quality art education can help develop a student’s creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • A quality art education can help nurture the spirit of a student, establish positive values and compassion for others.

This semester Pittsfield students have the opportunity to take classes in:

Please follow the links above to access each course site.

Pittsfield students have their own virtual art gallery through artsonia.com.

Anyone can enjoy student artwork at http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=77626.

In other Art News:

    • The Arts and Crafts Club Meets every Wednesday afternoon from 3-4 pm starting September 26

Check back for current information and news on the visual art program at Pittsfield Middle High School.

 

Across the Channel: PMHS Students visit London and Paris
12 Pittsfield High School student recently enjoyed a week of traveling in London and Paris.
The trip was a led by World Languages teacher Amy Gardner and Art teacher William Mitchell. The Tower of London, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre and Cathedral of Notre Dame were some trip highlights!

  
Franklin Gallery’s April Exhibit:
Powerful Minds, Beautiful Expressions — Works By Hampton
Artist Sharleene Page Hurst And Special Guest Artist Garrett Young Pittsfield

 
The Franklin Gallery at Ben Franklin Crafts, 60 Wakefield Street in Rochester, will host an exhibit called Powerful Minds, Beautiful Expressions — highly imaginative works by well-known Hampton artist Sharleene Page Hurst and special guest artist Garrett Young of Pittsfield — April 1st through April 29th during regular business hours.
 
The Gallery will host an informal Opening Reception for both Hurst and Young on Sunday, April 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, and as always, the public is invited and urged to join in the festivities and meet the artists.
 
Sharleene Page Hurst’s instantly recognizable, high-octane images have become legendary in northern New England and beyond. She’s a prolific, exceptionally skilled artist with a playful, one-of-kind vision; a vision influenced in significant ways by her long ago diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Her impressive accomplishments, in spite of a difficult childhood and other formidable challenges, have earned her a large, devoted following in the Seacoast region.
 
Born in 1959 in Northampton, Massachusetts, Ms. Hurst, who is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the Hampton Arts Network, has been a New Hampshire legislator and a successful business woman. She is passionate in her conviction that no one should be harassed, ostracized or written off because they were born different.
 
“I want kids to have genuine hope,” says Hurst, “to grow up feeling good about themselves, then follow their own, unique dreams.”
 
Garrett Young, a senior at Pittsfield Middle High School, has been gifted with his own very special, highly imaginative way of seeing things as an artist. He has been drawing, prolifically and passionately, since his elementary school days. His autism has affected him in ways that have given both him and his extraordinary art their own unique identity and brought immense pleasure to those who have watched him grow as an artist.
 
William Mitchell, a respected Seacoast area printmaker who has been Garrett’s art instructor for the past four years, describes him as “a remarkable artist and natural storyteller who possesses an uncanny memory for images and an ability to clearly and spontaneously describe what he sees in his imagination when drawing directly onto a surface. He obviously loves color and works to combine vivid color combinations in a joyful way.”
 
Garrett’s mother, Alice, is understandably proud of her son. “Garrett is surrounded by many loving and caring people who’ve gotten involved in his life,” she says. “It really does ‘take a village,” and my son has been blessed with a very supportive one!”
 
Claire A. Drew, who has worked with Mr. Young since the fourth grade as a para-professional educator, has the same deep appreciation for his gifts. “Garrett has always had the natural ability to make others smile,” she says, “and now he is bringing happiness to everyone around him through his art.”
 
The Franklin Gallery and Ben Franklin Crafts are open Monday through Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
 
For information about Powerful Minds, Beautiful Expressions and other Franklin Gallery exhibits, write to Ross, the gallery manager, at artsmultiple@gmail.com.
 

 

8th grade art students recently created a 7 foot drawing of Zeus for the Middle school Greek and Roman Festival. Each art student was responsible  for drawing a segment of the picture in creating this large work of art.

Artist in Residence 2011

Pittsfield Middle High School has received a grant through New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Globe Manufacturing of Pittsfield, New Hampshire to support an artist residency this spring. Potter Kit Cornell of Exeter, New Hampshire will spend 5 days at PMHS working with students on pottery skills.

Ms. Cornell is a professional potter making functional pieces in both stoneware and porcelain from her studio in Exeter. Her work is appreciated and shown both here and abroad. Her forms are simple and her glazes complex, resulting from study of many cultures and traditions. She is recently returned from a trip to France, where she visited potters and spent time at the Sevres Museum and the Guimet Museum of Far Eastern Art. Her interests include using local resources, exploring clay as historical record, and ensuring the relevance of art in daily life. Art gives life meaning. Kit’s commitment to art education in general and clay education in particular may be seen in the sharing of her studio with apprentices and students, traveling to far corners of the state to teach, and presenting at workshops and conferences. Imaginations may be kindled, respect for the planet strengthened, processes taught, and skills relevant to many areas of life acquired by working in clay. Organizational affiliations include the League of NH Craftsmen, New Hampshire Potters Guild, Exeter Art Association, and the Seacoast Growers Association’s Portsmouth Farmer’s Market. Currently she serves on the NH State Arts Council’s Arts in Education advisory committee and the Currier Museum’s advisory council.