Students and Professors Get Creative at the Museum of Art

Students in Charlotte Griffin’s “Making Dances” class experiment with movements inspired by Richard Tuttle’s prints at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Michelle Oosterban’s “Drawing 1” students sketch their own copies of prints and drawings in the BCMA collection by the likes of Edward Hopper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art enjoyed robust faculty and student attendance during the past fal semester. Over 1,000 visits by students from thirty-five different courses occurred. Faculty used original art objects from the Museum to teach their students about history, art history, government, environmental studies, sociology, economics, and literature in a variety of languages. The Museum also served as a location and inspiration for creative endeavors. The work in the exhibition Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective served as a prompt for students choreographing dances and composing music, in Charlotte Griffin’s “Making Dances” class and Frank Mauceri’s “Introduction to Electronic Music” class. Classes in the history of music, such as Tracy McMullen’s “History of Jazz” and Susan Taffe Reed’s “Women and the Blues,” had lots to talk about in On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb. Writers Sarah Braunstein and Russ Rymer each brought out a selection of photographs from the permanent collection to teach their students how a single image can be a jumping-off point for a story. And visual artists continued as always to look to their artistic predecessors for guidance: Drawing I students looked at and copied portraits by the likes of Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and Edgar Degas, and James Mullen’s “Landscape Painting” class closely studied the works of Albert Bierstadt, George Inness, and John Sloan. For these Bowdoin students and their professors, the Museum of Art lived up to its mission to be a laboratory for creativity!

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