Artists in Residence
The Artists in Residence Program offers students a unique experience fueled by art and culture. In addition to bringing outside artists to campus to work directly with our students on special projects, Middle and Upper School students are offered opportunities to explore their talents and creative expression abroad.
“The Artist in Residence Program exposes our students to different mediums to help them more fully appreciate art while we simultaneously beautify our campus.”
—Warren Sepkowtiz, Head of Middle School
Country Day is fortunate to host artists who visit our campus and teach and share their craft and areas of expertise with our students and faculty. Giving students the opportunity to learn from working artists who have national and international recognition helps to expand their artistic view. Past visiting artists include:
2010–11: Mosaic with Pam Goode
2011–12: Mural with Lauren and William Puckett
2012–13: Videography with David Johnson
2013–14: Musical Composition with Alan Kaufman
2014–15: Theater Production with Flying by Foy
2015–16: A capella Singing with Catch 22
2016–17: Quilting with Linda Pelletier
2017–18: Sculpture Design with Chas Fagan
2018–19: Charlotte Ballet
Upper School Artists Explore Italy
Upper School students are offered an art and art history experience, exploring in-depth artistic expressions in the beautiful town of Cortona, Italy. Students in grades 10–12 also travel to Rome, Florence, and surrounding towns to learn about art first hand from the works themselves. Students enjoy creating their own artwork in a private studio and learn the ancient fresco painting technique from world-renowned restorers in Florence.
Middle School Creative Arts England Exchange
Middle School students explore creative arts opportunities for 12 days with our sister school exchange with King Edward VI School in Southampton, England. Eighth grade students are given the option to explore opportunities in visual arts, music, dance, creative writing, photography, or a combination of more than one art form.
Country Day parent and internationally recognized artist Chas Fagan worked with our eighth-grade art students on the design of a sculpture. The sculpture depicts an oak tree stump draped with a buccaneer flag and tricorn hat, with various symbols representing learning, knowledge, and Country Day history. It is approximately four feet high and sits on a natural granite base on Bissell Campus. Eighth-grade art students came up with the theme because they wanted to visually tell a story that combined the schools mission, history, and culture.