Draw On Event at Slater
The Campaign for Drawing originated in the United Kingdom and has become an international movement sponsoring events, with the single goal of encouraging everyone to draw. Drawing develops seeing, understanding, thinking, and feeling, and the act itself communicates through images.
Slater has joined the global movement by sponsoring an evening of sketching complemented by light spirits and bites to refresh the palate and stimulate creativity. From 5 -7 p.m., March 12, Slater will open its galleries for two happy hours of fine art and fine wine.
The museum will provide the paper, pencils, sketchboards, or participants can bring their own. No artistic experience required. There is no finer place than the Slater for the novice or the expert to practice the traditional and well respected discipline of “drawing from the antique,” as the museum’s unparalleled cast gallery offers the perfect opportunity.
General admission is $25; Slater members, $20; register and pay by March 18, and receive a $5 discount.
Towne Liquor Store, Norwich, is sponsoring the event, part of a state wide focus on drawing in March supported by the CT Art Trail. Follow events on Twitter at #DrawOn!CAT.
In recognition of the state wide event and in support of Slater’s event, Slater Museum Director Vivian Zoë has written and published an entire feature article “Drawing: Exercise and Execution” in Slater’s spring newsletter, The Muse. Not only does the article focus upon the immense historical significance and development of drawing, it features several Slater connected artists who were master drawers. Find the newsletter on Slater Museum’s page on the NFA website.
EASTCONN Drawing Workshop
Continuing the month’s focus upon drawing, NFA hosted the 2014 EASTCONN Drawing Workshop attended by 75 art students from 6 regional schools. NFA art teachers Duncan Bailey, Mary-Anne Hall, and Ian Pawluk conducted simultaneous 90 minute drawing workshops using student models, the Museum cast gallery, and the Connecticut Artists Exhibition in Converse.
On hand were Lorna Gounaris, EASTCONN; Tammy Glasser,,E.O. Smith High School; Beverly Goslin, Windham High School; Alison Blair, Coventry High School; Ann Williams, Parish Hill High School; and Justin Dupuid, Woodstock Academy.
NFA students participating included seniors Nisa Cote, Jordan Martell and Peirson Parlemore; uppers Nicole Cormier and Ludwrig Jacquet; and lowers Madison Henault, Hannah Kogut, Amber Ploof, Madeline Sanchi, Chelsea Sobanski, Melissa Weglein, and Jessica Zelasky.
NFA Youth Leaders
Seven NFA students who serve on the Norwich Youth Action committee were honored, March 1 at a breakfast with Senator Christopher Murphy. Honorees received a certificate from him which recognized their role as a member of the Norwich Youth Action Council.
In part, it read: “As a youth leader, the work you've done on behalf of educational, recreational, environmental and governmental issues in the Norwich community is a proud example to your peers. Your presence in NYAC is a sign of positive civil engagement that will serve you well throughout your life. It is my privilege to honor you and to represent you in the United States Senate.”
NFA students honored included seniors Kobe Amos, Allie Grant, Garret Kelser, and Niceforo Reyes; upper Sally Eslick, and lowers Lily Morris-Love and Athena Provatas.
Parent Council Fundraiser
NFA’s Parent Council supports the Academy community by meeting the needs of students and their families. A major goal is to provide scholarships and a safe, alcohol free post prom party for seniors.
The Council is holding a major fundraiser, 6-8 p.m., March 22, in the Atrium. The annual wine tasting event features, appetizers, raffles, door prizes, and acoustic guitarist Frank Driscoll. Big Gary’s Montville Wine & Spirits is providing beverages. Participants must be 21 years of age, and tickets are $25 available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 860-948-4157.
Harsh winter weather and falling snowflakes somewhat disrupted classroom instruction and campus routines. To date, the Academy has experienced 8 weather related school closures this academic year, the most in recent memory, and while many recall the days when local radio would announce under any weather circumstances, “NFA is open, no transportation,” those days are long gone.
Currently the final school day will be Wednesday, June 18, with graduation scheduled for Friday, June 20. If there are more school closures, the additional days will simply be added to the end of the year. NFA will not compromise the scheduled April 14-18 vacation.
Continue to access the NFA website (www.nfaschool.org) for important school information and updates.
Final thought: A Chinese proverb tells us, “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
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