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Visiting Artist Works with Advanced Art Students

Meredith Berry-Toon

Alyssa Voytek, an artist from New Milford, CT, with work recently on display in the Edward J. Duffy Family Art Gallery, returned to campus to host a creative drawing workshop with Advanced Portfolio students.

Student artists worked with Alyssa to produce variations on a still life piece within a 45-minute class period. They were prompted to engage more conceptually with the structure of the still life, interpreting the directional lines and sense of movement found in groups of objects.

Voytek encouraged students to draw in 20-minute sections while shifting their perspective of the still life piece. Students dedicated the first block of time to draw the still life while standing at an easel, the second while three paces to the left and on the floor, and the third from a vantage point on top of a desk as to observe the object from above.

"Each drawing demonstrates a beautiful sense of movement and flow as their objects rotate and change in space relative to their positioning and interpretation," noted Kim Tester, Chair of the Fine Arts Department, upon the conclusion of the session. "It was remarkable that students completed the drawings in just over an hour."

While Voytek recently closed her show in the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery, student artwork is now on display in the Gallery for the month of November–just in time for Parents' Weekend!

Photos of Artist Workshop