Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lower School Student Shows off Sketchbook Skills

I was treated this fall to an amazing book,...Dylan, a 3rd grader shared his sketchbook first with his art teacher, Ms. Garcia then with me.  I personally love sketchbooks.  The passion, work, joy are all brilliantly revealed within the pages of this artist/ designer's tool for creative exploration.  At Dwight-Englewood we all keep sketchbooks for practice of skills and recording inspirations. 

I love this composition and linework...

Great Parrot Dylan!  You really captured a sense of motion.

What brilliant use of patterns and color!

Hope you enjoyed seeing Dylan's beautiful works as much as I did.  Check back in at the end of the month to see D-E students, alumni and faculty as they participate in an international sketchbook show.

Monday, December 5, 2011

SCULPTURES MAKE GRAND ENTRANCE, Yearlong on-campus exhibit begins...

The community is abuzz about the new sculptures on campus...
'In my 15 years at Dwight-Englewood, I have never heard so many discussions about art & sculpture.'
-longtime D-E faculty member
'WOW! I love that one!'
-D-E student
'...but what is it?'
-D-E student & faculty member simultaneously
'What a glorious collaboration, an eye opening moment in Dwight history...'
-D-E alumn

For this inagural sculpture exhibition the Dwight-Englewood School, along with parent and curator Kathy Leventhal, collaborated with the New York Sculptor’s Guild to bring 4 more sculptures to campus for the 2011-2012 academic year.  This loan is in addition to the 3 outdoor sculptures already adding to the beauty of the idyllic campus setting.
Head of School, Dr. Rodney DeJarnett with NY Sculptor,Richard Heinrich.

As the sun sets, 'Big Zoot Suit' looks over Swartley and the Lower School.

A little help to put 'Knot,' by Howard Kalish into place by Graham House.  Special thanks our 'art movers & shakers' led by Harry Gordon, all of our campus 'crew' from Cindy, Bruce, Charlie, Kevin and Perry and everyone else I didn't remember... and of course our principals Peter, Kathy and Joe for all of their help and encouragement, from paperwork, to pouring cement, to the managing of the crane. Our head of school, Rodney and curator/ patron of the arts, Kathy for their vision and work ethic...thank-you!

'Bent Woman' by Sarah Haviland
'Tete a Tete' by Elaine Lorenz

Sculptures already permanently on our campus....

'Quarter Bent Over' by Paul Sisko
Jesse Greenberg 84’, Lovers Embrace, Epoxy resin on a steel and styrafoam armature , library

Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh, Vertical Edge Form, Bronze, located between Pope and Klein

A reception will be held on Sunday afternoon, April 22nd, 2012 from 2-4 pm.  The reception will include a sculpture walk, live music and a lecture.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Varsity Art Team takes on MOMA and LIFE DRAWING

Members of the 'Varsity Art Team' hopped on a bus and subway to check out the Museum of Modern Art, including the DeKooning retrospective.  It was a beautiful day!
Varsity Art Team members have also been taking part in figure drawing at the Nyack Center.  Great work!

 An amazing group of Jazz Musicians led by our very own Rob Debellis treated students on Friday to a preview of their evening Head of School Series concert.  A few students gathered to record the event in their sketchbooks..

This great drawing was done by senior, Samantha Leung

Monday, November 14, 2011


Queens transformed by couture!!!

'When I was approached to artistically assist with the fall play,...I thought of all of the deeply talented, passionately driven young artists in our midst.'   

gregg emery,chair,visual arts & art history

The costumes worn by the queens were designed & constructed by Anna Karpman, 12'  The graphics including poster & hand silkscreening of the cards was done by Hanna Lefcourt, 12'  The opening film was designed, shot and edited by Gordon Marquardt, 12'

Notably, the seventh grade was called upon to design and contruct hats for the famous Tea Party that you will see in a later post.

Anna Karpman, 12' with her queens at a late night photo shoot in Swartley after the dress rehearsal.

The line work, patterns, graphics and overall design for the posters and media for the show was left to Hanna Lefcourt, 12' way to go Hanna!  Designing and hand silkscreening each of the card guards as well!!!!

Hanna hard at work silkscreening her original designs.

Gordon Marquardt, 12' stepped in at the last minute to come up with the amazing intro to the show.  His video, shot on location with our very own Alice helped bring the audience from their reality to the wonderful, quirky and surreal world we all enjoyed this past weekend,...


Congrats to all of the performers, directors, artists, crew members, stage hands, painters, ushers, parents, 4th graders, 7th graders and high school students, from the smallest role to the largest...thank-you and congratulations to all for an adventure worth reliving again and again!!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Faculty & Staff Exhibit in Swartley a great success!!!

Click above to enjoy a virtual walk through of the gallery exhibit...
Artwork by our very own Upper School Arts Instructor, Marisol Diaz

A hand crafted Bear and clothing by a Dwight-Englewood science teacher, Tara Weinstein 

Students and Faculty enjoyed a lunch time art opening reception to celebrate the first exhibition of the season....

Stay tuned for more great work from Swartley gallery, the next show is already up, featuring work by Lorena Estrella 06'

Thursday, October 20, 2011

7th grade draws waterfalls, palisades on the Clearwater trip, Lower School drawing the Trees...

After a brief walk up the paths along the Hudson River, students selected
 spots around a waterfall...

Each D-E artist was asked to mediate/ reflect with their pencil and paper on a section of the landscape.

Chris couldn't get enough of the landscape, river, and friendship with his fellow artists...

Back home at D-E, our Lower School students are busy capturing the local landscape.

Great locations abound in front of Swartley Arts Center!

Beautiful trees and landscaping are the products of tender loving care by our amazing grounds crew...

What amazing work in the waning days of summer, time to head back in the studios to continue creating!