Painting at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens: A Magical Class Trip
Leaving the confines of an art class studio to go on
“paint out excursions", is a rewarding and powerful experience. The practice of painting outside goes back for centuries and has inspired great artists-- and the greatest works of art of all time! That's why SFP Art Department Chairperson, Mrs. Jeanne Buccino’s Painting Class traveled to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to paint the rolling hills of cherry blossoms, wide-open fields of tulips and
the beautiful architectural greenhouses.
Art department colleague, Mr. Marc Salmin, who is an avid and extraordinarily talented landscape painter, demonstrated his expert acrylic techniques to the 20 student participants. It was an extraordinary experience for the students and park visitors alike.
"People came by to look at our
paintings in progress and ask us about our work." said Mrs. Buccino. "It was a thrilling
experience to paint in a public space, on site for all to see."
There was a great deal of planning and preparation that had to be done. The group packed up everything that would ordinarily be within reach in the classroom--easels, paints, palates, primed canvases, brushes,
water and rags. Mrs. Buccino noted, "We painted all day; nature and serenity were all around us...the time flew and before we knew it we were packing up."
The class was truly inspired and is excited about returning again! Please look at their paintings (pictured below).
Lastly, The Art Department would like to invite you to our
Spring Arts Festival. This year it will be a water -based show titled “In
Motion”. The show takes place on
Saturday May, 17th. The gallery show is from 5-7 pm in the art
wing. The Music Department’ s orchestra, with the help from Rob
Johnston, will be performing on our roof top. Refreshments
will be served. Students’ fashion show, films, animations, acting and
dance performances will be held in the auditorium at 7pm.
Dear Mrs. Buccino,
Just read of your outing to the BBG. Wonderful execution of a splendid idea. You, the teachers and the students are to be congratulated for your creativity, hard work, and follow through. Thank you for posting Art Dept. news so Alumni can share in your wonderful ideas for treating Prepsters to landscape art and the BBG. Good show!
Martin O'Connor '73