For this special week, Mrs. Maisano and Mrs. Bacacci transformed the school gym into an homage to artists and the student's artwork. Each class was assigned to study and recreate a well-known painting or sculpture. They then used their skills to re-create the work. Here is "Girl With a Pearl Earring" by Jan Vermeer in the midst of the students' interpretations.
Here is the Paul Cezanne exhibit wherein students painted their versions of one of his many fruit still life paintings. Among the many other artists represented in the gym and onstage were Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas.
This enclosed booth showed Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" under black lights. Salt was added to the paint to create a lovely blue cast.
Here's my rendition of Starry Night in stained glass, one of my earliest pieces, which I brought to show the students. After each slide or topic, I gave the students an opportunity to ask questions, and there were many good ones. My favorite? "Are you famous?" Loved that!
Using a Power Point presentation, I walked the students through the major steps needed to create a stained glass window, from design to installation by my husband, Eric. I taught them about the two major kinds of glass, cathedral and opalescent. I also explained a bit about the 1,000 year history of this beautiful art, and how honored I am to be continuing this tradition.
I told the students about my passion for this art form and my commitment to quality on every repair and custom window I create. Since these windows can last 100 years, I etch each custom window with my name and date, in hopes that the quality of my work will stand the test of time.
This was a unique opportunity to share my love of stained glass with a new generation. I would love to see some of the students pursue this art form. At the end of my talk, I was delighted to be presented with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers by one of the students. Van Gogh would approve of that sunflower!