18th Annual Student Art Show Recap Coming Soon.
16th Annual Student Art Show: The Academy's Biggest and Best Yet
April 27, 2016 - This year marked the 16th consecutive student art show at the Academy, with the first show being held in 2001. With roughly 150 boys producing 227 works of art, the show held in Ellison Hall was the largest thus far.
The majority of the entries were done this year, though a few had been started at the end of last year. Some of the work was selected directly from the classroom exercises that each grade level is assigned during the course of the year. Most of the paintings, and the detailed drawings (such as Campbell Seay's pen and ink, "Highway to Heaven", pictured above), took months to complete.
There was an enormous range in style or technique executed in these art pieces, such as realism, expressionism, impressionism and abstraction, as well as multitude of mediums employed. The boys used watercolor, acrylic paint, paint pens, oil and chalk pastel, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, and ink. The students were also responsible for the type of picture they chose to do. They selected the subject matter. "This is important to me as a teacher because it enhances their own personal expression and enjoyment, " explained Cary Gates, SAA's Art Department Chair. "It is also significant that, with the exception of the 8th grade elective, none of the other grades are required to participate. It is by student choice alone, which for me is the most encouraging for art at The Academy".
Mr. Gates added, "Having been directly involved in all of these previous art shows, it is my feeling that the 2016 show was the best one ever. Both Dana Parish and myself believe that the trend for better shows will continue in the future."
Pre-K & Kinder Art Show Brightens the Walls in Ellison Hall
On April 4, students, faculty, staff and parents filing into chapel were greeted by colorful paintings and drawings along the walls of Ellison Hall as part of the 2nd Annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Art Show. Under the direction of SAA's Pre-K and Kinder Art teacher, Elizabeth Eversberg, The Academy's youngest guys created beautiful pieces of art inspired by the works and styles of famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Paul Klee, Andy Warhol and Wassily Kandinsky. After chapel, the boys enjoyed searching the walls with their parents to find their special piece of art on display. If you haven't seen these masterpieces yet, the artwork will remain in Ellison Hall until April 21! You can also view some selections in the photo album.