Arts Festival to Showcase Student Talent

Arts Festival to Showcase Student Talent
The Visual Arts and Performing Arts Departments will host its annual Arts Week, April 30 - May 4 to showcase students’ work from throughout the school year. Sponsored by the Upper School Art Club, the week will feature artwork from students in all divisions, as well as artistic performances, activities, and displays.

AP Arts Breakfast
Tuesday, May 1, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., Merrick Visual Arts Center

Students in Advanced Placement in Studio Art class will showcase their collection of work from this year. Guests may stop by the showing to enjoy coffee and pastries in the Merrick Visual Arts building, view the portfolio pieces, and talk to the talented young AP artists: Grayson Doyle, Olivia Ernst, Zoe Ohmes, Anabella Imbornone. and Kolby McWilliams.

Raku Firing
Wednesday, May 2, 8:00 a.m.

Upper School art students will use the Japanese process of raku firing hand-modeled pottery. In this style the clay is fired at a low temperature and then moved while hot to a closed container with combustible materials like paper or sawdust. The materials ignite and cause a reaction that creates beautiful colors and patterns.

Visual Arts Show Featuring Lower, Middle, and Upper School Students 
Music + Nosh
Thursday, May 3, 5:00 p.m.
Merrick Fine Arts Building, Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design, Saints Hall Lobby

An opening reception will welcome guests in the Gibbs CID with light refreshments. Lower School artwork will be on display in the lobby of Saints Hall, Middle and Upper School artwork will be in the Gibbs CID, and the AP Art Students’ work will be displayed in the Merrick Fine Arts Building. The students' art work will remain displayed for viewing throughout the festival.
Immediately following the reception, the Performing Arts Department will present Music + Nosh, featuring light refreshments at 6:00 p.m. and a musical performance with special guest Gerardo Ortega in the Solomon Theater at 7:00 p.m.

Lower School Maypole Performance
Arts Week wraps up with the Lower School celebrating the arrival of spring with a traditional Maypole dance and musical performance. Second graders will perform in this annual event, open to family and loved ones of Lower School students and the entire Lower School student body.

The Arts at St. Martin’s
St. Martin’s students are engaged across a broad spectrum of the arts — including painting and drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, set design, technical theater, acting, choir, music theory, and design — with a faculty of active professionals. Arts classes encourage not only creative expression, but also critical thinking skills. Students discover through hands-on art experiences that there is often more than one solution to a problem.

The Merrick Fine Arts Building features 2,800 square feet of space with a ceramics studio, two 2D drawing studios, a Lower School art room, and a beautiful naturally-lit center gallery to display art. Students perform in St. Martin’s 500-seat Solomon Theater, which features professional lighting and staging.

This summer, students can unlock the creativity, artistry, and imagination through St. Martin's Theatre Camp. Rising second graders to rising high school sophomores will take the stage with two magical performances of Willy Wonka Jr.  For more information, visit the Theatre Camp page.

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