Montserrat Visits NRHS


Jon Bolles, Admissions Councelor from Montserrat visited with Figure Drawing and Art Portfolio students today and plans to return tomorrow to talk to two sections of Drawing and Painting. Mr. Bolles is a 2012 graduate of the school and offered students an intimate view of Montserrat’s artistic expectations as well as insight into what campus life is like.


Mr. Bolles devoted time to talk with many individual students about their potential portfolio pieces.  He was a large help in giving the students a better understanding of art college expectations and realities.

Fore more information on Montserrat and their undergraduate as well as pre-college art programs click here

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A Contest for Edward Gorey Fans!

Envelope Contest

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And they’re off!!


Two sections of both Foundations of Art, and Drawing and Painting, and one section of Art Portfolio and Anatomy and Figure Drawing are off to a fast start. In the first week and a half all classes have immersed themselves in a series of drawing exercises designed to encourage the right hemisphere of the brain to perform the drawing tasks. Students worked through “vase face” sketches, blind and semi-blind contour hand sketches, and traditional “upside-down drawing” practices.


All courses will soon deviate from one another and begin their own respective projects but it has been important to run through some initial drawing exercises to activate the right hemisphere of the brain to better handle the artistic challenges all artists will soon face.

To learn about each drawing exercise, Betty Edward’s popular book, Drawing for the Right Side of the Brain is a great start.  

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What a Show!


Morgan and Thomas were great contributors to the show, including their creation (with Laura Wagner) of the Starry Night photo booth

Thank you to the terrific NR Visual Arts team for making the Annual District Art Show such a success. The reception included hundreds of the finest, most creative art pieces from all grade levels. In addition to the art, those in attendance also got to play around with the Starry Night photo booth and the variety of funny cutout paintings created by teachers and students.


It was a lot of fun to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they showed their work to their friends and family. Students got to reconnect or meet for the first time the art teachers that will be helping them channel their creativity through grade 12.


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We hope you can stop by and visit the show which is open until May 12th.  Here are a few more pictures of the exhibit.

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Come See Us!

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Aleksa Wilk’s Art in Marble Collection

FullSizeRender (2)The painting pictured above will be published in the upcoming spring edition of the Marble Collection – Massachusetts Magazine of the Arts. The magazine is a beautiful array of student art across many mediums as well as poems and writings.

Aleksa has enjoyed capturing ocean landscapes and calming scenes of New England. Her work fits perfectly in the Marble Collection.

Click here to learn more about the Marble Collection

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New Exhibits on Main Street

Isabel Thorstad

Isabel Thorstad

Lots of new work has recently been put on display from Foundations of Art and Drawing and Painting classes. The abstract art unit has come to a close in Drawing and Painting and students have helped curate an exhibit of over 30 of the strongest works chosen by the artists as well as a panel of teachers. We had a special mini exhibit on display last week and a number of teachers stopped by the AR-8 classroom to choose the top ten paintings that resonated with them.


In addition, Foundations of Art students have just completed their exhibit showcasing their scaled model prototypes. The new twist this year is to make the objects animated or doing some type of action.


I could go on and on explaining the work but you really need to see it for yourself! To see a lot more abstract paintings click here!

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