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Ceramic Columns in the High School Courtyard on Display Through June 6

(May 22, 2018) Students in Sculpture and Ceramics Classes at Ichabod Crane High School worked cooperatively to design a sculpture installation which is on display in the high school courtyard through June 6, 2018.

Visiting artist Kristy King introduced students to examples of large-scale ceramic sculpture created by stacking separate parts, and coordinated the construction of steel armatures and wooden platforms to support the installation of columns in the courtyard. This project has been supported by a grant from the Kinderhook Arts and Humanities Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The grant was awarded to a proposal submitted by ICHS Art Teacher Laura Cannamela.

While creating these ceramic columns, students discovered how geometry and mathematics can be incorporated into the design of three-dimensional forms. This interdisciplinary connection was reinforced throughout the project in the planning, sketching, model making, and final construction of 25 separate segments as students explored a variety of geometric platonic and archimedean solids to create their individual forms. In addition, students designed their individual sculptures to be able to function as lanterns after the columns are dismantled and the separate segments are taken home.

In the group photo below, Sculpture and Ceramic students who created Ceramic Columns for the Courtyard, are joined by Willow, the Social Service dog at ICHS. Students pictured, left to right. are: Jenna Downey, Kelsey Bartle, Ruth Dazi, Emily Abbati, Jade Krein, Kristi Parkison, Olivia Keeler, and Emiah Bruni.