Life on the Top Floor: Who’s up there? And what the heck are they doing?
Jordyn Pierre-Raphael (‘20)
Jordyn has chosen to take studio art with Mr. Baylin after her first semester in the fresh-arts program. Jordyn thoroughly enjoyed the program, which facilitated her passion for visual art. In class, Jordyn’s most recent assignment was to choose a picture of a landscape and take specific steps to recreate the picture on a small canvas. Soon after she put the finishing touches on her debut piece, Jordyn received an email from Mr. Baylin, asking if she would be willing to showcase her artwork in the nurse’s office.
“Reflections by the Water” currently hanging in the nurse’s office
“I like painting landscapes and water, or anything with reflections because you reflect it with the different methods that he [Mr. Baylin] taught us during class.”
Archie Caride (‘19)
Like many other students, Archie was introduced to the Packer art program through fresh-arts classes in ninth grade. For the rest of the year, he decided to rein in his focus and take studio art with Mr. Baylin. Now a sophomore, Archie has been exploring drawing and painting in a year-long independent study with Mr. Baylin, yet again. Unable to fit studio art into his schedule, he takes advantage of his free periods to spend time in the art studio, working on various projects, such as “Man and Horse” This year, Archie has drawn a lot of inspiration from Spanish art that he studied while visiting museums on the tenth grade Spain trip, which has encouraged him to focus on the process he goes through while creating his artwork, rather than his desired end result.
“Man and Horse”
“All of the art that I was making in the first semester kind of had the same method behind it, it was more like instinctive lines. I was trying to distance myself from the idea of an end result, so I was thinking less about the strokes that I was making and focusing on just feeling in through my hand. I wanted to eliminate the interference of my brain to my hand, I didn’t want to get caught up with what I was trying to do, I just wanted to do it. The problem with that is that after a while it kept being like the same strokes, over and over again, so it kind of became force of habit to make the same artwork. I’m still trying to eliminate that over thinking what I’m trying to diversify what I’m doing.”
Arch Latham (‘18)
Arch has a math and science focus here at Packer. In fact, he is one of a small number of students who take part in the intense three year science research program. When Arch heard about the sculpture class available to juniors and seniors in the in the fall he was excited to combine his knack for mathematical thinking with his interest in art. After visiting the exhibit in The Shen Gallery, where mathematicians were displaying their sculptures, Arch was inspired to make one of his own.
“We had to make a sculpture out of one item, but a lot of them stacked together. I chose zip ties, so I got the zip ties, put two of them together and kind of stacked them up like a little volcano and it turned out pretty cool.”
Alexandra (Sasha) Miasnikova (‘17)
Sasha knows the ups and downs of the Packer art curriculum, having taken studio art classes throughout her four years in the Packer upper school and dabbling in various independent studies, including an experimental film study with Ms. Hill this semester. At first, Sasha’s work was mostly painting and drawing based, but she soon began to incorporate film and photography into her work, migrating into the mixed-media art category. She is now embarking on a final project in photography and a senior thesis under the advisement of Ms. Hill.
“Untitled” AT studio artwork
“For my AT photo final project I’m interviewing a bunch of seniors and asking them different questions about the past year, how it’s been, what their expectations were, but then also asking them to look forward. The title is ‘The Next Four Years.’ For me, what’s interesting is the alignment of going into the next few years of becoming adults, whatever that means, and then the political situation for the next four years and the uncertainty that comes with that and the uncertainty with us leaving a place we’ve known for so long.”