Art Enrichment Week
Barbara Brault,  Ghost Thistle from the St. Francis Series, t
erra cotta. Visiting artist on Tuesday February 7, 2017

STA Upper School Art Department's 15th Annual Art Enrichment Week

This is always an exciting event for the children and for Ms. Lewin! Professional artists will be visiting your student’s regularly scheduled art class and inspire us with their life story and their work. It is so important that students see that art is much bigger than just a classroom setting. Each artist has their own unique path, and this is fabulous for students to realize there are many ways to reach goals in any area of their lives. This year our visiting artists are:
Tuesday, February 7th: Barbara Brault, Ceramicist. Ms. Brault has shown her work regionally and nationally in several museums and galleries. Her work is featured in corporate and private collections nationwide. Ms.  Brault explains her technique in working in clay as “… I balance my life between making traditional vessels and using clay in a sculptural manner. Much of my art is inspired from the abundance of wildlife that surrounds my back yard.”  She taught ceramics at Northhaven Community College for over 20 years and is currently the upper school ceramic teacher for The Episcopal School of Dallas. Ms. Brault holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art from Northern Michigan University; a Master of Arts in Ceramic Art from New Mexico State University; and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art from The University of Dallas.
Wednesday, February 8th: Steven J. Miller, Painter. Mr. Miller received his M.F.A. from The University of North Texas and currently resides in Denton. Mr. Miller is the recipient of the Fulbright Memorial Scholarship in 1998, which involved extended study/travel opportunity in Japan. He has shown extensively throughout Texas and was featured in the 2011 New American Paintings Western Edition. He is currently showing his work at the Conduit Gallery, which is a collection of landscape paintings of “imagined, not too distant worlds.” Mr. Miller will be talking with 6th and 7th graders and we will be relating the perspective drawing the students are learning in class to how Mr. Miller approaches three dimensions in his paintings. His work can be viewed through then click on his current exhibition, Sweet and Sorrow.
Thursday, February 9th: Sean Fitzgerald is an environmental and fine art photographer who creates simple images that are graphic, evocative, surreal, and in some way provoke and emotion or tell a story. He is currently working to document the Great Trinity Forest, the Blackland Prairie, and the Vermejo Park Ranch. His work is held in private collections around the country, and he is also the President of the North American Nature Photography Association.  Mr. Fitzgerald will be talking with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and we will be relating STA’s “STREAMS” initiative with science in conjunction with how art can be connected and supportive of these goals. Mr. Fitzgerald will be talking about how his environmental photos coexist with the science of the subject, and how together it can make very impactful changes in our communities. His work can be viewed by going to

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