NEWPORT, R.I. – Two hundred of the state’s most talented young artists – representing 49 high schools throughout Rhode Island – will join their families on the Salve Regina University campus this weekend for the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards, followed by an opening reception of their exhibit in University Gallery.
The 2010 Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards, co-hosted by the Rhode Island Art Education Association and Salve Regina University, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 24 from 2-3 p.m. in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.
Guest speaker at the ceremony will be Michael Townsend, founder of Tape Art (http://www.tapeart.com), a consortium of public artists who collaborate to invigorate public spaces and help others find a voice through the use of drawn lines.
An opening reception for the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Exhibit will follow from 3-5 p.m. at University Gallery, located in Antone Academic Center, Lawrence Avenue. The Gallery is covered from floor to ceiling with 200 works of art, which also spills out into the hall display cases.
The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 12, features a collection of the award-winning drawings, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media created by Rhode Island students in grades 7-12.
University Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
Also as part of the weekend celebration, faculty in Salve Regina’s art department will present a series of Saturday, Jan. 23 workshops for Rhode Island Scholastic Art Senior Gold Key and Portfolio winners. The workshops will be held in the Antone Academic Center, and are scheduled as follows:
“Life Drawing,” presented by Gerry Perrino, assistant professor of art, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 212, painting Studio A.
Drawing from a live model, students will have the opportunity to learn more about human anatomy and further develop their critical eye. For students interested in painting, drawing, and design, the visual concepts of perspective, value, proportion, gesture, and composition will also be reviewed. Perrino holds an MFA in painting from Syracuse University.
“Working in Colors,” presented by Bridget Sheerin, teaching assistant in the painting studio, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 102, Graphic Design.
Students will discover the co-primary color wheel – an essential tool in painting, drawing and design. They will create a series of mini-studies using the co-primary color wheel palette to apply colors. Sheerin earned a BA in Studio Art (painting and graphic design) from Salve Regina.
“Ceremonial Tea,” presented by Jay Lacouture, professor of art, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 112, Ceramics Studio.
This workshop will focus on making objects that reference the use of drinking tea particularly as viewed by the traditions of China and Japan. All materials and firing will be included. Lacouture has recently completed a sabbatical as an artist-in-residence in Jingdezhen, China.
“Cross Hachure in Graphite,” presented by Gerry Perrino, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 212, Painting Studio A.
The basics of cross hachure will be discussed, demonstrated and put to practice. Students will discover the subtle and luminescent tones this Renaissance technique. We will invoke the spirit of silverpoint drawings by emphasizing the silvery nature of the graphite pencil. A period of lecture and demonstration will be followed by a studio lab where students will produce their own drawing. Still life reference and materials will be provided.