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Wherefore Art Now

Meredith Berry-Toon

Each year, Canterbury sets aside a day for students in art and music courses to spend an entire day or part of a day either off campus on a field trip or on campus working on special projects.

"The Fine Arts Field Trip Day is a wonderful opportunity for those involved in the arts to have new experiences outside of the classroom," said fine arts chair Kim Tester. " This extended time gives teachers a chance to work with students in workshop settings and travel to see original art. The hands-on experience of learning to record vocal and instrumental music, working on the wheel in ceramics, and learning the importance of art in an historical context is memorable for each student involved."

On Thursday, November 3, Kim took her Drawing class to the New Britain Museum of American Art. The museum's docents led students around to various collections within the museum. Students viewed and discussed works by Thomas Hart Benton, the 9/11 allegorical painting by Graydon Parrish, and works from the newly opened exhibit "As We See It."

Meanwhile, students in the Jazz Combo, Orchestra, and Schola Cantorum stayed on campus to record their recent concert programs in Canterbury's recording studio. Dave Overthrow, director of music and jazz studies, hired a professional sound engineer to capture every note of the students' performances. In addition, students taking Ceramics worked in small groups in two-hour sessions with teacher Stacey Kolbig. Making small pots, they honed their skills on the clay wheel.

"Canterbury instrumental and vocal music students were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the recording process," said Overthrow. "All of the students showed tremendous focus while recording and were excited to participate in this project.The pieces they recorded will appear on a Music Department CD that will be available to all before the Christmas break."

Digital Photography students photographed the Jazz Combo and Orchestra recording sessions. "My students put into practice what they have been learning all semester," said director of publications Marc Vanasse '73. "For them to capture images of these events for a large audience to view was a real world assignment, which they completed very well. I am very proud of them and their work."

To view photos of the day, click here.