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Dec. 20 Christmas Pageant, Winter Arts Night Showcase Student Talents

Advent is a time of preparation, and our boys and young men have been preparing for Dec. 20 for some time. Join them for one of two events Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. - the annual Lower School Christmas Pageant, or the Upper School Winter Arts Night.

Beginning with our youngest Gaels, parents and guests alike will be treated to performances from our bell and vocal choirs from Grades K-5, along with a reenactment of the Nativity of Jesus. Better come early, as there's sure to be no room left in the gym!

Or, if you prefer a more modern take on Christmas, head to the Cafeteria at the Upper School for a Winter Arts Night, where our Prep Players will be putting a new spin on classics such as "The Odyssey," "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Christmas Carol." In these student-direct shows, those classics will be re-imagined through the lens of Dr. Suess. After that, the forensics (speech and debate) team will take on two true Dr. Suess originals in "The Sneeches" and "The Grinch."

And at any point before or after, make sure you peruse the more than 210 pieces of junior and senior artwork on display in the student lobby. The junior year Intro to Art class will be displaying two projects. The first, entitled, Name Tag, features a designed image that uses the student's name with an emphasis on abstraction, color, depth, and substitution of objects for letters. The second, Wireframe, has the students drawing a real or fictional character using geometric overlay drawing (wherein overlaid shapes are put together to form human or near human anatomy). Emphasis in this project is on space, anatomy, foreshortening, dynamism, and cropping.

The Senior Art Projects course will showcase three projects:
  1. Chuck Close Method Grid Portraiture. This project starts with a printing of an image of the chosen person for the portrait (heavy emphasis on cropping). The picture is then overlaid with a grid and the grid is transferred to a large piece of brown paper. Students draw the portrait box-to-box as a means to focus on the contour lines of the face. Emphasis is on shadow, contour line, blending and texture.
  2. Positive-Negative Space Accent. This project has the students drawing a picture on black paper and then playing with the positive and negative space of the image like a puzzle on a second sheet of white paper. In the final steps of this project, a color accent is introduced to draw the viewer's eye. Emphasis is on 2D design, positive and negative space, cutting and gluing.
  3. Street Art. This project is based on the work of the street artist known as Banksy. Students draw a picture on large white card-stock, which is made into a spray stencil, that is then sprayed on a canvas. Emphasis is on Shadow, texture, smokiness, and repetition.