On March 18, 2015, Mrs. DeSorbo’s Pottery II and III students took a field trip to the studio of artist Vicente Garcia. Garcia is the ceramics professor at Central Connecticut State University as well as a nationally recognized ceramic and sculpture artist. Throughout the day, students participated in an Alternative Firings Workshop where they had the opportunity to finish their pieces using smoking techniques and the Raku process. Raku refers to a type of firing that was developed in Japan in the 16th century. Within in this process, the pieces are loaded into a hot kiln and heated until the glaze is molten. Then the pieces are transferred into a metal can filled with combustibles. The carbonaceous atmosphere causes a reaction, creating unique effects with the glazes. Students were also able to use slips, copper and hair to finish their work.
On March 13, 2015, the Art Department took a visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum to see the Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland (1861-2008) Exhibit as well as the Matrix 171 featuring the work of Michael C. McMillen.
On December 5th, students from the Art Department took a field trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art and had a chance to explore the wonders of Art in their own backyard!
The students had a special treat in viewing the works of Nelson Augustus Moore, a local Kensington Artist, and seeing what the town they live in looked like a few generations ago. They also interacted with Titus Kaphar’s engaging “The Vesper Project” installation, the “Let Me Quilt One More Day” exhibit that juxtaposes classic with more modern quilt designs, as well as the f.64 photography exhibit featuring artists Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Willard Van Dyke, Brett Weston, and Edward Weston.
After a wonderful morning at the museum, the students engaged in a fine dining experience at Great Taste Restaurant, right down the road from the museum.