Sixth Grade Visits Upper School Art Gallery

6gallery1 On October 22, Ross sixth graders visited the Ross Gallery at the Upper School campus to view the Art @Ross exhibit, which showcases a diverse selection of Ross student artwork, curated with help from the Ross Museum Studies class.

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During a tour with Dean of Visual Arts Jennifer Cross, students learned about the origin and meaning of key pieces, including the Core Values ribbon sculpture made by this year’s eleventh graders; a 12-foot-long human rights mural, designed and painted by Ross Upper School students; photos of children from Nicaragua and the Philippines holding portraits painted for them by Ross students for their Memory Project; and award-winning student artwork from last June’s Longhouse Student Annual.

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The visit was also an opportunity to learn about an important project they will undertake next year. Jennifer explained that for the last 18 years, the seventh grade at Ross curates a gallery exhibition to learn firsthand what’s involved, from securing the local artists, to arranging the pieces, to organizing the opening event.

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To help the class see why the Art @Ross curators chose the specific layout for the exhibition, Lower School Visual Arts Teacher Soraya Brooks asked the students to draw their favorite piece in the gallery in the middle column of a paper divided in three, and then had them draw the pieces on its left and right. The students carefully examined the artwork, and then eagerly got to their task, stretching out on the gallery floor.

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“The visit taught the students how to experience and appreciate art from a new perspective, and hopefully added to the excitement about their move to Upper School next year,” Soraya said.