Walker's arts programs have had some great guest artists visit over the past couple of months. Read more for an overview of a couple master classes our students had the opportunity to participate in.
On May 17, students in Marissa Forde's ceramics class experienced the remarkable talent of ceramic artist Vincente Garcia, a prolific artist and a professor at Central Connecticut State University. Vincente has been working in clay and metal for more than three decades, exhibiting and selling his work at art fairs and festivals throughout New England and New York. Throughout the class, Vincente showed the students how he uses personal techniques on the potter's wheel to create his stunning ceramic artwork, such as plates, bowls, and vases. He shared with students his tips and techniques on how to best center and open up clay pieces on the wheel. The highlight of this class was when Vincente demonstrated how to throw a massive vessel over a foot tall on the wheel.
"Watching Vincente Garcia make a variety of plates, bowls, and vases in numerous shapes and sizes was mind blowing to watch," said Sophie Greggains '21. "His intellect on his types of clay and techniques was an amazing learning opportunity for me, and am very excited to apply my new skills to my throwing."
In April, the spring dancers participated in several master classes. Master teacher Rachna Agrawal taught students about the history of Kathak Classical Indian Dance as well as several movement variations.
"The Kathak Indian dance master class was a unique experience for me. I never knew how many different styles of Indian dance there are in the world, so learning about Kathak's history was insightful and fun," said Jada Adams '20. "I loved watching the instructor dance and stepping out of my comfort zone while trying new dance moves. Learning the symbolism, footwork, and the folk dance we did at the end will resonate with me. The teacher's compassion for Kathak also motivated me to keep trying and to not give up despite the challenging moves that were taught."
The spring dancers also studied Afro-Caribbean dance with Ms. Jean Davis. She was so enthusiastic about the classes that she insisted they perform in the Dance Assembly on May 1, which they did with great success. The Arts Department is thankful for the Davies Visiting Artists Fund which supports bringing master teachers into the classroom