Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Students Adopt Chairs for Art Project

Island School students are completing an exciting visual arts project. High school students are painting mismatched wooden chairs in their art classroom, designing each chair after a famous painting from art history. After receiving donations of over twenty wooden chairs from thrift shops, garage sales, and even from the local Starbucks, students began sanding and applying primer to their adopted chairs. Then they each painted their chair with a design inspired by the iconic image they selected. So far, seven chairs have been completed, including chairs inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, and Hokusai’s The Great Wave.
Penny Nichols plans on this becoming a tradition for our high school juniors and seniors, who will leave these painted chairs in the art room as a kind of artistic legacy.

Alexandra Temme '17, with her Claude Monet               Gabri LaFratta '17, with her
"Water Lilies" chair                                                                     van Gogh "Starry Night" chair

Anne Cushnie '17, with her chair inspired ​          Ariana Wilson '16, with her chair
by Katsushika Hokusai's "The Great Wave"          inspired by Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers"
Island School’s Art Department is looking for more wooden chairs and would gladly accept any donations. Chairs should be solid wood. They may be in need of refinishing, but should be structurally sound. To donate chairs, please contact Penny at