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.
Student Art Experiences Abroad
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 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. Examples of our visiting artists, include:
- Susannah Mira, a McColl Center for Visual Art Artist-in-Residence, worked with Sculpture I students to create a unique sculpture that permanently hangs in the Hance Fine Arts Center.
- Amnon Weinstein, an internationally-renowned violin maker, who collects and rescues violins from the Holocaust, met with Upper School band and orchestra members to share the unimaginable stories about the violins he has repaired and restored to playable condition.
- Muralist Will Puckett worked with seventh and eighth-grade students to develop a 36-foot long mural depicting activities enjoyed at the Middle School, such as Decade Day, the Butterfly Garden, and School in the Woods. The mural is mounted on the exterior wall of the Dougherty Media Center.
- Videographer David Johnson worked with eighth graders to produce a kids'-eye documentary film capturing all aspects of their last year in Middle School. Students learned the ins and outs of production and techniques such as stop-frame animation.
- Project Trio, a world-renowned chamber music ensemble, taught a master class to members of the Upper School band and orchestra, where they worked on rhythm, improvisation, and beatboxing.
- Artist Jason Watson worked with IB and AP 2D art students on large drawings inspired by dreams.
- Composer Alan Kaufman, worked with the 7th/8th grade choir, string orchestra, and concert band on the premiere of Country Day's first commissioned musical work. The lyrics to the five-minute piece entitled "Believe," were written by a Middle School student.