Art Workshops Announced for 10th Grade Four Point
Tenth Grade Four Point is about service and expression. Students partake in service projects and engage with the local community, but they also get an introduction to the rich art community in Maine.
Each year local artists are invited to the school to run intense, multi-day art workshops in media as diverse as silver and blacksmithing to fashion design and circus arts. Whether they ultimately pursue a career in the arts or become lifelong appreciators, 10th Grade Four Point serves to jumpstart students’ artistic lives. The workshops encourage them to take risks and empower them with new skills for expression.
“Tenth Grade Four Point is an introduction to what it means to have art in your community,” says veteran visual arts teacher Lauren Head. “It’s a chance for students to connect with creative thinkers and to work with artists who are the masters of their craft. They work in mindful ways while exploring a sense of place and a sense of self, and they learn to think in new creative ways.”
Gould is excited to announce this year’s visiting artists and the art workshops they will be running below.
“They work in mindful ways while exploring a sense of place and a sense of self, and they learn to think in new creative ways.”
Visual Arts Teacher
2020 Art Workshops
Metal Sculpture with Eric Ziner
Eric Ziner is a metal artist from Deer Isle, Maine. Students learn welding and blacksmithing in his metal sculpture workshop. As he puts it, “Within five minutes, fear turns to opportunity, and imagination is the hardest thing to control.”
Dovetail Boxmaking with Bruce Bulger
Bruce Bulger is an artist and woodworker, also from Deer Isle, Maine. He uses the physical lab in the IDEAS Center to teach students about hand-cut joinery and how to make their own custom, dovetail boxes.
Printmaking with David Wolfe
David Wolfe from Portland, Maine, is a master printmaker who collects vintage and antique working letterpresses at Wolfe Editions. Students learn the craft of relief printmaking and their carvings are used to design posters and T-shirts.
Fashion Design with Alexa Stark ’07
Alexa Stark ’07 is a clothing designer who creates sustainable fashion in Portland, Oregon. Students repurpose vintage fabric from local thrift shops and learn techniques to create their own new garments.
Basketmaking with Geo Neptune ’06
Geo Soctomah Neptune is a master Passamaquoddy basket maker and was named one of 50 Mainers by Maine Magazine in 2018. Students will learn how to weave a basket using Wabanaki knowledge and traditional materials sourced from Maine.
Circus Arts with Erin Lovett Sherman
Erin Lovett Sherman is a dancer and choreographer and is the director of ARTFEST, a circus arts education program and performance company. Students learn and perform fabric aerials, juggling, acrobatics, and more.
Oil Painting with Cooper Dragonette
Cooper Dragonette is a landscape oil painter working in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Students are able to take advantage of Bethel’s beautiful surroundings as subjects of their work.