Community connections are so important for my art students at Watertown High School. We appreciate the support we have received for many years from artists and community members from the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Room83Spring, Watertown Art Association and Watertown Public Arts and Culture. These groups have partnered with us in the creation of local public art and provided classroom and studio visits with professional artists. Our collaborations have resulted in great learning experiences and lasting friendships.
This year the Studio Arts class will continue our collaboration with Room83Spring, an amazing visual art gallery that is only a few minutes away from our classroom. Last week we went to view their latest exhibit, Fac-sim-i-le. Artists and gallery owners Cathleen Daley and Ellen Wineberg shared the work of five visual artists who use everyday items as the inspiration in their art. Our visits always include an interesting exchange of ideas and interpretations when we view the art together.
We had to observe carefully to interpret the meaning of all of the art that at first glance looked like everyday objects. Some of the art included these cast rubber molds by artist Judy Haberl and sculpture by Pier Gustafson created using only paper and paint. We brought so much inspiration back to our classroom and are already looking forward to our next visit to Room83Spring.