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.
William Mitchell's home page!
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.
Trip to Paris in April 2012
As you might have heard, art and world language students are planning a trip to Paris next spring 2012!
This is an exciting opportunity to travel abroad during your high school years. Organizational meetings are underway with the next one scheduled Feb.8th at 3pm in Ms. Booth’s room.
More information can be found on EF tours at
our tour number is 1007851-G1
Third Annual Art Show at Carpenter Library
The 3rd Annual Art Show will be held at the Carpenter Public Library starting March 10th. Details to follow soon.
2nd Semester Art Classes
Middle and High school students can select from the following art classes this spring.
- Principles of Art and Design
- Painting and Drawing
- 7th grade art
- 8th grade art
Art club meets every Wednesday from 3-4pm. All are welcome!
Ceramic Class News
This week PMHS ceramic students worked with League of NH Craftsmen potter Linda Sten. Linda helped Pittsfield students as they began to work with the pottery wheel.
Digital Photography Class News
Digital Photography students recently completed a restoration project using old photographs of Pittsfield provided by the Pittsfield Historical Society. Photos were scanned and cracks, scratches and stains were removed using Adobe Photoshop.
Art Club News
PMHS students have been meeting Wednesday afternoons and sharing their interest in creating art. All students are welcome and hopefully the club will grow and bring more art to our school community.
The PMHS art club had begun meeting each Wednesday after school. Come join in the fun and share your creative ideas!
PITTSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR ARTWORK WITH THE WORLD!
Pittsfield, NH — Move Over Famous Artists! Pittsfield High School artists are taking over the spotlight! William Mitchell, the school’s Art Teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia, www.artsonia.com — the world’s largest online kid’s art museum — to display the students’ artwork.
Anyone can view the school gallery online at: www.artsonia.com/schools/Pittsfield4. Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits. Pittsfield High School students join thousands of students from over 100 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. “This program is a wonderful way to get parents and family members more involved in Art Education,” said William Mitchell.
All of Artsonia’s artwork (nearly 10 million and counting!) are viewable online, and any teacher or parent can create an online art gallery for their child or school. Artsonia provides several online features such as fan clubs and personal guestbooks, as a way for families to encourage the creativity and imaginations of their young artists. In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child’s artwork, with Artsonia donating 15 percent of their annual product revenue back to school art programs.
Headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., Artsonia was established in 2000 as an online kid’s art museum providing free, educational resources for kids, families and schools to create art projects. Since its inception, Artsonia continues to integrate technology in the classroom, develop multi-cultural understanding through art and increase family involvement in children’s education. To find out more, visit www.artsonia.com.