Category Archives: Visual Art

“Art for Change” June Term Exhibit

The 2022 June Term class “Art for Change: Constructing an Art Installation for a Cause,” taught by Mr. Torson, was charged with making an art installation in response to pressing and relevant social justice issues. The students created “Four Freedoms,” … Continue reading

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Poetry & Ceramic Pots by Julia Polen ’24

by Brian Yun At the end of every year, Creative Writing students design and create a final independent project. Julia chose to write a series of flower-themed poems. The poems describe the 5 stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, … Continue reading

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IB Art Showcase

Post by Albert Zhou ’22 Recently, the Senior IB Art Exhibit has been showing in the Teiger Art Gallery. Enjoy some of the pieces below from artists Lucas Alland ’22, Alana Akiwumi ’22, and Lauren Freed ’22:

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Olivia Dai ’26 wins Scholastic National Gold Medal

Eighth grade student Olivia Dai has won a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the highest honor awarded by the organization. Olivia’s winning drawing, “Old Woman,” was created using colored pencils. National Gold Medalists will be … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Paintings by Emma Yin ’26

Eighth grader Emma Yin recently won a Silver Key and Honorable Mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her two paintings, entitled Childhood Treehouse and Fox in a Bowl. Congrats, Emma!

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2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards — Regional Winners

Congratulations to the 22 students who won a total of 29 Scholastic Writing Awards and the 8 students who won a total of 17 Scholastic Art Awards! The works of Gold Key winners Natalie Blake ’26, Marina Chernin ’23, Olivia … Continue reading

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Gallery Exhibit by Kylie Bill ’21

Written by Stella Gilbert Recently, NA alum Kylie Bill assembled a visual art gallery exhibit. She describes her process: “For my ENVS-160 class, we were tasked with an open-ended final project. Instead of completing a research paper, I wanted to … Continue reading

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Heart Art by Newark Anatomy x Art Club

Post by Albert Zhou ’22 Recently, Newark Anatomy and Art Club collaborated with the American Heart Association and Jiggy Puzzles to gather heart-related art for American Heart Month in February. Enjoy some of the stunning art pieces submitted to the … Continue reading

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Community Art Show 2022 — “Food for Thought”

Over winter break, Ms. Brodie challenged the NA community to submit art based on the theme “Food for Thought.” The art pieces are currently on display in the Teiger Art Gallery. Enjoy the following pieces by an assortment of artists!

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Chinese Mythology Illustrations by Mandarin C Class

Middle school students in Ms. Luo’s Mandarin C class read myths and chose scenes to illustrate. Ms. Luo explains: “It’s the story behind Mid Autumn Day Festival. One is ‘Houyi who Shot the Sun’ and one is ‘Chang e Flying … Continue reading

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Philemona Williamson’s “Paintings from the Studio” featured in Teiger Gallery Exhibit

Post by Albert Zhou ’22. Philemona Williamson‘s Paintings from the Studio is a collection of figurative works that are currently displayed in NA’s Teiger Gallery. Ms. Williamson’s work is renowned both throughout and outside of the United States and has … Continue reading

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Spirit Week Boards

Post by Navyaa Jain ’23. Part of NA’s Spirit Week competition is the spirit boards challenge, where volunteers from each grade paint one of the big boards based on the grade theme. Congratulations to the seniors for winning the challenge … Continue reading

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IB Art Exhibits 2021

Post compiled by Stella Gilbert ’22. Recently, the works of senior IB artists Ben Tolpa, Kylie Bill, Michelle Wong, and Silvy Zhou were featured in NA’s Teiger Art Gallery. Here are some highlights from the exhibit, photographed by James Worrell … Continue reading

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Community Art Show 2021 — “The Nature of Things”

Last month, the Teiger Gallery was filled with art submitted by the students, teachers, parents, and alumni of the NA community. Here are a few highlights from the exhibit, photographed by James Worrell (faculty). The full photo gallery of the … Continue reading

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Month of Action Posters

Newark Academy’s Month of Action ran from January 18 to February 10. Over 25 clubs and student groups participated. Several groups contributed art to the Month of Action Art Exhibition. You can see posters and infographics designed by Asian Diversity … Continue reading

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2021 Scholastic Art Awards—Regional Winners

This year, seven Newark Academy students won thirteen Scholastic Art Awards. All award winners, their families, and their teachers are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Montclair Art Museum on February 25, 2021. Congratulations to the following artists: … Continue reading

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Event Highlight: Student Council Paint-Along

In the second week of virtual classes after winter break, School Council partnered with several clubs to create Amateur Classes! These classes were hosted and attended by students, coming together to learn new skills and have some much-needed social time. … Continue reading

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Outdoors Club Contest Winning Photography by Kaya Patel ’22

Each year, Outdoors Club holds a nature photography contest. This year, the winner was junior Kaya Patel, who submitted three photographs from three different locations in nature.

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She Kills Monsters — Fall Drama 2020

Working within COVID restrictions over the past few months, the NA theater department has put together a virtual production of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” by Qui Nguyen. This drama-comedy follows the story of high school senior Agnes after she … Continue reading

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Spirit Week Boards 2020

This year the Skiiniors, Jukebox Juniors, Secret Agent Sophomores, Fluorescent Freshmen, and Middle School Magicians competed for the Spirit Week win. One element of Spirit Week was the spirit board competition. Although the juniors were a close second, the seniors … Continue reading

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Chalk and Pops 2020: Event Highlight

On September 18th, the Upper School got together for the first council event of the year: Chalk and Pops! After getting some free ice pops, students created social distanced chalk art, listened to music, and enjoyed the warm weather. Photo … Continue reading

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Senior Interns Spotlight: Alison Bader ’20 and Jamie Paradis ’20

In 2018, the WAM blog welcomed four student interns to work as a part of the team, helping to curate blog posts and organize outreach to the NA community. Senior Alison Bader ’20 has since then been a valuable contributor … Continue reading

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Quarantine Art

Even though trips and events were canceled, Newark Academy students stayed busy and creative over spring break. Below are pieces by Stella Gilbert ’22, Michael Pyo ’22 and Kaya Patel ’22, created while the artists were in isolation. “Painting with … Continue reading

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Community Art Show 2020

Enjoy these selected works from NA’s annual community art exhibit. This year’s theme was “Figuratively Speaking.”

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2020 Scholastic Art Awards—Regional Winners

Congratulations to Newark Academy students Stella Gilbert ’22, Jessie Luo ’22, Kaya Patel ’22 and Silvy Zhou ’21, who have won regional Scholastic Art Awards! Kaya and Silvy’s artwork, which received Gold Key awards, will be exhibited at the Montclair … Continue reading

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Sustainability DIY: Recycled Paper Tutorial by Silvy Zhou ’21

Despite NA’s initiatives to go “paperless” throughout the past few years, it is still difficult to avoid the printed tests and essays in our lives. Over the summer, as I was sorting through stacks upon stacks of paper last year’s … Continue reading

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Artist Alexa Meade Visits Newark Academy

Written by Jamie Paradis ’20. In the middle of spirit week, the art department hosted the innovative artist and illusionist Alexa Meade. Meade is known for her unique artwork in which she paints 2D patterns onto 3D objects, creating “the … Continue reading

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Fall Gallery Exhibit by Paul & Irene Aspell

A recent exhibit by artists Irene and Paul Aspell in the David Teiger Gallery incorporated both their sensibilities, combining Paul’s ceramic plates and Irene’s paintings. The artists have been married for 37 years. Paul Aspell, who taught at Newark Academy … Continue reading

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Patio Pride 2019

On National Coming Out Day, October 11th, the Newark Academy community hosted Patio Pride, an event celebrating LGBTQ+ identities. The event was made possible with the support of the NA Office of Equity & Inclusion, Offices of Student Activities, and … Continue reading

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Student Reviews of Summer Art Programs

Interviews and write-up by Jamie Paradis ’20. Newark Academy students often spend their summers honing their creative craft in programs outside of NA. Here, students Ben Chaddha, Lori Hashasian, Jamie Paradis, Kaitlin Weiss, and Silvy Zhou reflect on their experiences … Continue reading

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Parents’ Night Artwork

Newark Academy parents had the opportunity to meet teachers, advisors, fellow parents, and to learn more about NA curriculum at Parents’ Night 2019. As a bonus, they enjoyed a display of student artwork in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery. The … Continue reading

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Fall Art Exhibit Featuring Cat Delett

Cat Delett, a Maplewood resident and passionate artist, is featured this fall in the Teiger Art Gallery. During Delett’s gallery discussion with the IB and Advanced Art Classes, she described herself as a “narrative artist.” Many of her pieces incorporate … Continue reading

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Digital Art by Elaine Brodie

Newark Academy Arts Department Head Elaine Brodie created these pieces on her iPad using an Apple Pencil and an app that allows the Pencil to function like various media. For example, Walpack Church and Peter’s Valley Barn were done in … Continue reading

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Artwork by Deborah Dixler

Artwork in progress by retired Arts Department faculty member and graphic designer Deborah Dixler. You can follow Ms. Dixler’s new artwork on Instagram.

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2019 Community Art Show

The Newark Academy 2019 Community Art Show curated by Arts Department Head Elaine Brodie, themed “House & Home,” was exhibited in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for Studio Arts. The installation featured works of art by students, parents, faculty, and … Continue reading

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Scholastic Award Winning Artwork by Kellen Wang

This inventive mixed media artwork by Kellen Wang ’20 earned a 2019 Scholastic Silver Key. Kellen says of his work, “One thing to consider from my piece would be the depth and layers of the cardboard structures. Aside from that, … Continue reading

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Photography by Tess Kesler

Photography by Tess Kesler ’22 earned Scholastic Silver and Gold Key Awards and were displayed at the Montclair Art Museum in late winter/early spring 2019.

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Scholastic Award Winning Photography by Tess Kesler

The following photographs were taken by Scholastic Silver and Gold Key Award recipient Tess Kesler ’22. Tess’s work was on display at the Montclair Art Museum in late winter through spring of 2019.

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Scholastic Award-winning Photography by Gillian Cohen

A portfolio by Gillian Cohen ’19 entitled “Contrast + Harmony” earned a 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award for Photography. In 2018 Gillian earned a National Gold Medal in the same genre. Her work was exhibited at the … Continue reading

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Scholastic Award Winning Artwork by Justine Seo

Senior IB Artist Justine Seo earned 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Award recognition for her Mixed Media work and Art Portfolio. Justine says of her work: “A lot of my art is made by combining different objects I’ve encountered that … Continue reading

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IB/Advanced Art Exhibit

A Fall 2018 exhibition of Upper School Art in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery, curated by Arts Head Elaine Brodie, displayed a rich variety of genre and subject matter. The arts, in all their forms, are an important part of the … Continue reading

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3D Printing by Warren Sunada-Wong

Creamy is an 11-piece interlocking puzzle by Warren Sunada-Wong ’20 made using SketchUp software and modeled after his pet guinea pig “Creamy.” He designed it during the 2018 3D Printing June Term course taught by science faculty Drew Kesler and … Continue reading

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Photography by Aneesha Kumra

“Heading Out” by Aneesha Kumra ’20 was selected for publication in the Fall 2018 issue of Susquehanna University’s APPRENTICE WRITER magazine.

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Drawing by Ashley Sun

This drawing was created by IB Artist and Scholastic National Gold Medalist Ashley Sun ’18. You can find more of Ashley’s work on WAM: Selected Works.

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PAX Rwanda Embroidery Exhibit

PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye, an exhibit of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists was featured in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy from September 4 – October 8, 2018. The … Continue reading

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Drawing/Illustration by Jessie Luo

Jessie Luo ’22 earned Scholastic Art & Writing regional Gold Key Awards for Drawing/Illustration in 2018 and 2019.  

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Ceramics by Phillip Kim

These masterful ceramic pieces by Phillip Kim ’20 lit up the Newark Academy David Teiger Art Gallery in Spring 2018. “The vessels shown are ones I made with the intention of creating a more toned down and minimalist aesthetic, where … Continue reading

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Award-winning Photography by Zoe Ades

Two photographs by Zoe Ades ’18, “In the Old City” and “Everyday Childhood,” earned Scholastic Art & Writing regional Gold and Silver Keys respectively.

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Art Exhibit by Paul and Irene Aspell

A fall 2017 Newark Academy exhibit by artists Irene and Paul Aspell  incorporated both their sensibilities, combining Paul’s ceramic plates and Irene’s paintings.  The artists have been married for 35 years. Paul Aspell, who taught at Newark Academy for 16 … Continue reading

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Scholastic Gold Medal Photography by Gillian Cohen

“Miles and the Birds,” by Gillian Cohen ’20 earned a 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal for Photography. Gillian will be honored at an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. Brava, Gillian!

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Food Photography Challenge

The following images, a sample of those currently on display in the Newark Academy dining hall, were taken by Upper School Digital Photography students in response to two challenges, described below, crafted by Photography and Digital Arts teacher James Worrell. … Continue reading

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Raku Pottery by June Term Students

The following raku pottery pieces were created by the 2017 Art of Ceramic Raku Firing June Term class taught by Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie. The course offers students an opportunity to actively manipulate work in the final stage of … Continue reading

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Middle School Watercolors

These lovely watercolors, “Birch Trees in the Snow” were created in Spring 2017 by Ms. Brodie’s 8th grade art class, including Tiffany Agkpo, Jack Cleeve, Benjamin Cole, Erica Edman, Anant Gupta, Roshan Idnani, Julia Schwed and Alexandra Speck. They were … Continue reading

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Photographer Jordan Matter Inspires Dance Photography Field Trip

The Dance, Photography & Film classes, led by Yvette Luxenberg, James Worrell and Joey Yow, collaborated on an annual New York City adventure inspired by the work of photographer Jordan Matter. This year’s trip included a visit from Jordan Matter … Continue reading

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WAM Montage

Newark Academy’s Writing, Art & Music blog, affectionately known as WAM, is a place for students, alumni, teachers, staff and visiting artists to share creative work  with the goal of supporting and encouraging artistic pursuits, large and small. We feature … Continue reading

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Photography by Debby Dixler

This beautiful series of images entitled “Light Falling on Horses” is the creation of longtime Newark Academy beloved art teacher and graphic designer Debby Dixler, who recently moved to Los Angeles. She writes, “Driving cross country has always been a dream … Continue reading

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Oil Pastel by Rebecca Dunayev

Enjoy this stunning artwork by Rebecca Dunayev ’19 created with oil pastels.

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Roy Kinzer Exhibit in David Teiger Gallery

Artist Roy Kinzer is exhibiting a body of work at the David Teiger Gallery for Studio Arts at Newark Academy from September 22 – October 24, 2017. A reception at Newark Academy will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017, … Continue reading

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Artwork by Sheila Vazir

This beautiful artwork by Sheila Vazir ’16 was created for IB Visual Art and exhibited in the Newark Academy McGraw Gallery in April 2016. Enjoy this lovely work. “In this piece and in general, the lotus often emerges from a … Continue reading

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Animation by Silvy Zhou ’21

Silvy Zhou ’21 created this fascinating animation on “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot for her 8th grade English class with Ms. Alexandra Mahoney. Silvy used more than 1,300+ layers to create the gif. According to Silvy: … Continue reading

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Ashley Sun Earns Scholastic National Gold Medal

“Reserve,” an extraordinary self-portrait in pencil and charcoal by Newark Academy IB artist Ashley Sun ’18 earned a 2017 National Gold Medal for Drawing/Illustration from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Bravo, Ashley!

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3D Printing & Technical Drawing June Term Class

3D Printing & Technical Drawing is one of many June Term intensive learning courses offered to Newark Academy students in grades 9-11 during the two weeks following Memorial Day. A June Term course does more than simply inform students; it … Continue reading

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Oil Painting by Anne Capelli ’18

This stunning oil painting by junior Anne Capelli, created in Advanced Art taught by Jay Torson, was inspired by the work of artist Marion Rose.

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Ceramics by the “Art of Raku Firing” June Term Class

During the two weeks following Memorial Day, most Newark Academy Upper School students in grades 9-11 enroll in an intensive learning course known as “June Term.” One such course is the “Art of Raku Firing.” A June Term course does … Continue reading

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Sculpture by Quinn Butler ’19

This compelling ceramic sculpture titled “Unzipped” was made from earthenware clay by Quinn Butler ’19 in Advanced Ceramics class taught Elaine Brodie.

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Photography by Megan McCullough ’18

This photo by Megan McCullough ’18 was selected as cover art for Aerie International Magazine, vol. 9, 2016.The image was also made into bookmarks. Beautiful, Megan!

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“Searching for Ghosts” a Route 66 Journey by Steve Miller

Searching For Ghosts: Feral Tourist Explores the Past on Route 66 INTRODUCTION: Steve Miller, blues musician and longtime member of the NA Maintenance Department, ventured on a week-long motorcycle exploration of historic Route 66, also known as ‘Will Rogers Highway,’ … Continue reading

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Award-winning Design by Lisa Fischer ’10

Designer Lisa Fischer was a Newark Academy student in the two-year Higher Level International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Program and received the Visual Arts Award in 2010, when she was also senior class president. Fischer earned an MA from Savannah College of … Continue reading

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Painting by Cindy Xiong ’17

This painting by Cindy Xiong ’17 was created in IB Visual Arts with Ms. Brodie. Enjoy this beautiful work!

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Visual Art by Katherine Hall-Lapinski ’15

Katherine Hall-Lapinski ’15 explored a wide variety of media and styles this year in her Advanced Art 12 class with Mr. Torson. Enjoy this intriguing collection of drawings and mixed media collage.  

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“Waste” a 16mm Film Exploration by Greta Skagerlind ’14

This 90 second film was created by alumnus Greta Skagerlind ’14 as the final project for her Film Explorations Winter Session course at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she is a sophomore. Shot on a 16mm Bolex camera … Continue reading

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Sculpture Photography by Debby Dixler

Enjoy these striking images by NA faculty member Debby Dixler, (some of which were taken during the June Term Photography class). The expressions in stone tell a very human story. Click on www.dtwophotography.com to feast your eyes on this beautiful … Continue reading

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Me, Myself & Mia: Artwork by Mia Smith ’15

Mia Smith, a member of the Newark Academy Class of 2015, an alumna from The Oxbow School semester OS30, and a future graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Class of 2019, has used art to express who … Continue reading

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IB Dancers Adina Gitomer ’15 & Emily Labdon ’16 Photograped by Blackie Parlin

Dance Teacher Yvette Luxenberg guided her IB/Advanced students through the process of creating their own dance pieces for their IB Final Solo Showings, which required them to make a piece of choreography with a clear intention, in any style, using … Continue reading

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Photography by Josh Charow ’16

Josh Charow’s photo “The Edge of the Earth” (below under “continue reading”) earned a 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award and his photography has been published in the Postscript Journal. Josh says, “The goal of photography for me … Continue reading

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Photography by Faculty Member Stephanie Acquadro

English Department Faculty Member Stephanie Acquadro shares her photographic eye. Feast your eyes on these lovely images. Click “continue reading” to see the rest of the photos.

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“Why I Do My Homework” poetry & photography by Michael Lee ’15

This poem by Michael Lee ‘15 won the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English 2015 Bronze Medal for Poetry and was performed at an award ceremony in Scotch Plains, NJ on April 23, 2015. Michael will be invited to … Continue reading

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“Mom’s Potato Salad” a painting by Art Chair Elaine Brodie

Art Department Chair and McGraw Gallery Director Elaine Brodie painted this acrylic still life in the summer of 2015. Feast your eyes on this beauty!

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Micro Marine Photography by Kristin Duszak

NA staff member Kristin Duszak took these stunning marine photographs with a Zeiss dissecting microscope coupled with a Canon DSLR and various complicated attachments. During the time, Ms. Duszak was the manager of a lab focusing on Benthic Community Ecology at … Continue reading

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Sculpture, Drawing & Cut-outs by Greta Skagerlind ’14

Former Newark Academy IB Art student Greta Skagerlind is a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design. Check out Greta’s blog for images of her accordion paper cut-out representations of Haven Brothers Diner in Providence, Rhode Island, as well … Continue reading

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How to have Great Ideas —in Spanish

NA Language Department faculty member Alexis Romay (#Profe) says: “Following on the footsteps of Bored and Brilliant, an initiative of WNYC’s radio show “New Tech City,” a couple of weeks ago, I assigned my IB Spanish 2 class a group … Continue reading

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Painting & Drawing by Stewart Tillyer ’15

Enjoy this recent work by IB Artist Stewart Tillyer ’15. The third drawing, “Snowy Pond,” was the cover of the 2014-2015 Creative Writing class anthology. Beautiful work, Stewart!  

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Photography by Truman Ruberti ’16

When I found out the theme of the Community Art Show Exhibit was going to be “Zoom In,” I immediately knew that I wanted to do something with photography, partially because zooming in with a camera would be a very … Continue reading

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Vignettes in Oil & Acrylic by Nina Pusic ’15

Nina Pusic ’15 is a Newark Academy senior and IB visual artist. Her work is primarily a collection of painting in oils and acrylics. She enjoys incorporating color theory into her pieces while making statements about the human condition. You … Continue reading

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Watercolor by Hannah Tarnow ’16

Artist Hannah Tarnow ’16 created this piece during the IB Visual Art class’s color unit. In her words, “I chose to use watercolor as my medium, as I had not used it much before. The painting I made is a … Continue reading

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Haicubano Haiku Project by Alexis Romay

I wrote the first 50, 000 words of La apertura cubana, my second novel, during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2009. This year, pressed for time, I settled for seventeen syllables per day. My idea was to deconstruct and/or (re)create Cuba, three … Continue reading

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Photography by Stephanie Acquadro

Feast your eyes on these photographs taken by faculty member Stephanie Acquadro. The first two are from a faculty trip to Cuba.   Click “continue reading” to see the rest of the photos.

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Visual Art by Andie Wei ’14

An image of Andie Wei’s charcoal drawing, “Rain in Tokyo” was published in the Summer 2014 issue of the national print magazine Teen Ink. In the comment section below, please let Andie know what you think of this lovely piece. … Continue reading

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