Friday, April 23, 2010

Walking Field Trip

On this fabulous spring day, sixth graders took a walking field trip to the Silas Griffith Inn in Danby, Vermont where we viewed Kevin Keeler's first art exhibit. Kevin's show officially opens on Saturday, March 24th, but he kindly invited our art students to the inn to preview his work.
Kevin Keeler is a Danby artist who is passionate about painting. His work, mostly landscapes, captures the beauty of our local farms, barns, ponds, and views.  Kevin shared his enthusiasm and expertise with our young artists,  and after viewing the show we gathered outside in the sunshine for a wonderful demonstration of painting en pleine aire.
For many of our students this was their first encounter with oil painting.  Kevin demonstrated putting down an under painting, laying in the sky, color mixing, and adding details into the landscape.  
Kevin's work is a source of inspiration for young and old.  He is largely a self-taught artist whose love of art and our local beauty come together with a whole lot of charm.
Students were asked to consider the idea of style in viewing Keven Keeler's work.  Sixth graders, complete your worksheets and be ready to discuss style on Thursday.

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