TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga High School Art Club and SUNY Albany Spanish students traveled to Dartmouth College to attend a guided tour of two art exhibits recently.
The groups toured the Jose Clemente Orozco murals in the east and west wings of the Baker library and then moved on to the Hood museum installations of European Art, Native American ledger drawings and Frank Stella modern art exhibits.
Art teacher Britney McCarthy and Spanish teacher Lynne Lenhart coordinated the effort following the invitation from Dartmouth.
The student groups prepared for the excursion in advance through teaching programs on Mexican history and a study of modern art geometric designs.
Lenhart presented a history lessons on the turbulent 20th century Mexican civil war and the artwork that blossomed as a result of the dramatic changes during that time.
McCarthy explored the modern irregular polygon designs of Frank Stella and had student create artwork patterned in that style.
The Ticonderoga students ate lunch at the Dartmouth College dining service between tours and got an opportunity to walk along the "Green" (central quad) at Dartmouth and view the campus at Hanover, N.H.
Upon return, the Spanish student composed an essay in Spanish detailing their reaction to the murals that range over 20 feet high and encompass over 100 feet in length as they stretch between the two wings of the Baker library reserve reading room.
Art Club students included Cody Vickroy, Markie teRiele, Ashley Costello, Hannah Herbst, Maura Jebb, Shelby Fernandez, Rebecca Diehl, Wes Porter, Delaney Bush, Joey Bevilacqua, Keely Cooper, Brooke Nadeau and Jennell Coffin.
SUNY Spanish students included Jolenta Bishop, Chris Burns, Corey King, Adam Losher, Kyrstie McGuire, Emilee Namer, Brandon Russell, Courtney Shaner, Dennis Towne, Zhuo Hao Zhang, Keeley Andrushko, Carrie Bishop and Adriana Clark.