FRENCHTOWN - Delaware Valley Regional High School art students recently took a field trip to Parsons in New York City to experience art in a new way.
Art teachers Sarah Ruppert and Jason Farnsworth partnered with Parsons School of Design Professor Tom Bosket after watching a his documentary as part of their classes on graffiti and color theory.
They sought to create a workshop for 40 of their students so they could stretch their imagination, work collaboratively on illustrations and explore new and unique artistic processes.
Bosket had the students stretch their boundaries. For example, he had them sketch with different parts of their body, such as their feet, elbows or forehead.
"This trip got me to open up about art. I've never been a true artist and I'm not very good or talented at it," senior Lake Cole said. "No matter what you did or what you drew, everything was fine and it made me feel better about drawing."
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For Junior Aeva Karlsrud this trip showed her there is more to art than just the finished project and it is the inner creative process that is most important. Karlsrud went on the trip because of her interest in pursuing an art degree. This trip affirmed her decision in pursuing a career in art and will be applying to Parsons next year.
Another student, Ellis Stanton, wants to pursue a career in media and used this opportunity to explore. This trip helped her see what you can really do with art.
"We learned to really value the process of something," Stanton said. "Normally we value the process less than we value the product, but really it's the road you take to get there that is most beneficial."
Sophomore Elizabeth Preston said she is considering going to an art college, so she used this experience to see the city and learn what it is like at a school like Parsons.
Both Ruppert and Farnsworth, who are new to the high school, used the visit to help develop ideas for expanding the art department's curriculum.
"The objective in the end was to empower students with creative confidence and expand creative art making," Ruppert said. "We have an obligation to these students to realize that their authorship doesn't have to follow specific rules."
Farnsworth said they hope to partner with Parson's for future workshops and would eventually like to create ground sculptures for the high school.
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