In collaboration with the Corning-Painted Post High School, The Rockwell Museum presents this special virtual exhibition featuring two students from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts Diploma Programme. Under the direction of art teacher Sharron Holland, Standard-Level student, Gargie Deore and Higher-Level student, Lydia Robinson are featured in this digital presentation of their artwork. It is important for the Museum to recognize the outstanding artwork and achievements of Lydia and Gargie enrolled in the IB Art Diploma Programme, and we did not want COVID-19 to take away this exhibition opportunity from them.
Congratulations to Gargie Deore and Lydia Robinson!
“As an artist, before entering IB SL visual art, I had always enjoyed drawing. When I emerged out of my comfort zone, I explored more about myself and found the painter in me. It was then that my artwork developed further ideas. Initially, I started with tribal art as my main idea and quickly found out many other ideas also revolve around it. During my research in the artwork, I learned more about the cultures of India, Africa, and Italian culture. My artwork demonstrates a variety of media such as acrylic paint, oil paint, oil pastels, clays, etc. However different in style, application, and media, they are similar in that they all use the elements of art, color, shapes, and culture. I have used these elements in different ways throughout my artwork.”
“Through my travels, experiences, and personal values, I have developed an exhibition reliant on my appreciation of architecture. I have portrayed this theme in numerous ways such as enhancing structural elements, placing focus on detail and pattern, developing space and form, exploring the unification of various media and by personal interpretation. My body of work incorporates a varied application of media ranging from charcoal and conte crayon drawings, to rope and ceramic sculptures as well as linocuts and acrylic on canvas, digital edits and mixed media collages. Though my media varies, I have maintained a cohesive body of work through a neutral color palette, originating from burnt sienna tones, attempting to portray an organic body of work. I began this course with a passion for architecture and photorealism, both of which have influenced a number of my pieces. While at first personal photographs were the basis of my art-making process, since then I have expanded my repertoire to appreciate the design and purpose of architecture and the culture that coincides.”
As part of the program, students visited museums, including The Rockwell, to study and draw inspiration for their own works of art. In addition, students kept a detailed journal to record their project research and write, develop and sketch their ideas. The program provides a holistic arts experience, providing them a broader sense of the many facets of the professional art world.
The IB Diploma Programme encourages students to challenge their creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and gaining confidence as art-makers. The notion that art is an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding is emphasized as a core element throughout the two-year program experience.
The Rockwell is pleased to host this exhibition virtually and support local students who want to pursue studying visual arts in higher education as well as those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through the arts.