Class Trips and Visiting Artists
Honors and AP art students had a wonderful time at the Rodin Museum on Friday, October 18th, 2019, in Philadelphia.
Rodin was a prolific sculptor who worked with clay, plaster, marble, and bronze. His work is dramatically realistic, referring to classical Greek and Roman figure sculpture, but with deep emotional life infused within the gestures and expressions of his subjects. Rodin is known as the father of modern sculpture because of his contributions to the art world. Never before had such extreme emotion been expressed in sculpture. Rodin was also one of the first sculptors to assemble multiple works as one. He revolutionized sculpture much like his contemporaries, the Impressionists, revolutionized painting. Philadelphia is fortunate to have this collection, second only to the Rodin Museum in Paris, France.
Gwynedd’s art students went on an informative and interesting tour with a museum educator. They spent time viewing sculpture and sketching their favorite pieces. Students then enjoyed lunch in the garden “Paris on the Parkway”, the grounds of the Rodin museum. They also completed cinquain poems and stream-of-consciousness creative writing assignments. The art students had a beautiful day and are motivated and inspired for upcoming lessons in figure drawing and sculpture!
Sr. Patty's Watercolor Workshop
Visiting Artist, One of Our Own!
Sr. Patricia Donlin shared her talent with the Junior Art majors. Students were excited to learn that their theology teacher is also an artist and the art department was happy to have her visit in some classes. Sr. Pat shared some of her most recent water color work and explained how prayer and meditation are part of her creative process. She spoke about her experiences on retreats and other times of reflection. She explained how these times inspired the subject matter, color, and design in her work. Students then had a chance to create water color paintings in a quiet and meditative environment. Sr. Pat spoke about the technique of water color and how it is difficult to control and easy to over-do. She inspired students with the idea that sometimes beautiful things happen when you let go and don’t try to control too much. Also, knowing when to stop and let something be simply what it is can be part of the process with art and life in general. Sr. Pat even shared some of her favorite inspirational music from her play list!
Niko Chocheli, Classical Artist
Niko Chocheli is a classical artist who teaches and has a studio in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the Republic of Georgia. He is a master painter who owns the style and influence of the old masters from Europe. His work references religion, history, mythology, and cultural stories. He creates drawings, paintings, murals, etchings, and icon portraits. Niko also teaches art history and gives tours in art museums. He has received local and international honors for his art work.
Niko visited classes and shared his talent and philosophy of art with sophomore and junior art majors. He passed around published books that contain his artwork while he spoke about his experience as an artist. Niko emphasized that creativity is a gift from God and how his faith inspires his work. He spoke about what it means to be an artist, to see beauty and the responsibility of communicating what you see with accuracy and meaning. Niko encouraged students to draw everything they see, to study art history, and to read. An informed artist can achieve more meaningful work. “Speaking most directly to his faith in his art are his icons and religious murals found in churches, schools and universities, monasteries, other institutions across the Delaware Valley and in his native land. A whimsical playfulness shows in his mystical and folk tale paintings of animals, sea creatures and other life forms occupying fantastic landscapes, and in his acclaimed illustrations for children's faith books.” -Villanova University. Niko answered questions about his training, college, and life as an artist. He inspired students with descriptions of his home country of Georgia. He spoke about how the inspirational landscape of the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea were formative for him. He also shared that his parents, who were both artists, understood his passion and supported and encouraged his creativity. Students enjoyed Niko’s visit and are motivated and inspired for their own artwork.