DANBURY, Conn. -- Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at the Wooster School in Danbury visited The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield earlier this month to participate in the ArtWrite Program.
This is the first year of the Aldrich-Wooster Partnership, a schoolwide initiative that uses contemporary art as a catalyst for critical and creative thinking in all disciplines. The students visited installations by three artists: B. Wurtz -- "Four Collections," Ruby Sky Stiler -- "Ghost Versions" and Virginia Poundstone -- "Flower Mutations."
Each artist exhibited pieces of original work alongside examples of sources of inspiration. In preparation for this visit, each grade studied the materials and concepts behind the work of one of the exhibiting artists in both art and science.
The fifth grade, without knowing anything about the B. Wurtz installation, studied the aluminum pan -- its design, its function, the properties of the metal. They pondered the question, “If we hang it on the wall, is it art?” They then took actual aluminum pans and transformed them into art.
The fourth grade, without knowing the work of Ruby Sky Stiler, studied plaster -- as a substance, its chemical reaction and as a means to reproduce an object, making plaques from collages and casts of their hands.
The third-graders drew flowers, then used the flower form as a design element in lovely paper quilts. In science, they revisited the flower experiments they did last year, letting the daisies drink colored water, unwittingly studying the work of Virginia Poundstone.
Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester counties. Located in Danbury, the school serves students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is dedicated to fostering innovative artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. To learn more, visit http://www.aldrichart.org/.
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