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Exeter High School senior Heather Lindsay works with seventh-grader Derek Nasser during Barnard School's Graphic Arts Boot Camp.

Seventh and eighth grade students at South Hampton’s Barnard School were offered a special opportunity this winter when the school’s art teacher, Diane Sheckells, organized a Graphic Arts Boot Camp program. 

Day-long workshops in desktop publishing, digital photography, photo-editing, and printmaking gave the young artists the space and the time to learn new skills and to develop projects in-depth, using techniques that have been introduced in the school’s art curriculum. 

In December, students learned about publishing mix books online, were able to create work for their own literary magazine and for possible publication in school’s literary magazine, “Wings,” and started the process of creating the 2011 Barnard School yearbook.

In January, special guest Heather Lindsay, a senior at Exeter High School, shared her photography portfolio with the group and helped students shoot and edit their own photos.  Barnard School teacher, Sara Casassa, spoke about the format of a children’s picture book after which the boot camp participants worked on a counting book for the school’s kindergarten class.

The February vacation boot camp event lived up to its name, Art-a-Thon!  Students worked in a variety of media, from monoprints to Warhol-style portraits. 

They learned how to critique their work and use cameras or scanners to download images of the work for use in the mix books they began in December. The final workshop of the series will involve creating digital collages for publication in the yearbook.

Participants in this year’s Graphic Art Boot Camp have included seventh graders Kyle Blinn, Derek Nasser, Taylor Bolduc, Zoe Fitzgerald, Nick Fortuna, Hannah Somogie, Arianna Audy, and eighth graders Kevin Kaneb and McKenzie Cloutier. 

Given the talent and the dedication each of them has shown, we are sure to be seeing the work of these Barnard School artists in the future!

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