Observing at Maine-Endwell

This past semester I observed an art teacher at Maine-Endwell High School. I chose M.E. because I was curious how it had changed in the past seven years-since I was still in High School. It’s definitely different than I remember, smaller of course but that could just be because there are more students now. The school is preparing to undergo some major architectural changes that are needed. I am interested in seeing the new renovations which will not be complete for another couple of years.

I observed Mrs. Smith for three months and managed to get 64 of my 100 hours required. I would have to say that the highlight of this experience was the opportunity that she gave me to do a demonstration for her more advanced classes. The demonstration included making an oil painting of a sitting figure which I was able to do twice. For the first demonstration I painted Mrs. Smith and the second painting was of a student who volunteered. There weren’t a lot of questions asked during the demonstrations but Mrs. Smith later reassured me that they were intently observing, and that is was relaxing to watch me paint.

The painting of Mrs. Smith, I brought home with me on my last day there. I took a picture of her and finished the painting over break, as well as framed it. I intend on returning the painting to Maine-Endwell as a gift. I will post a picture of the painting at a later time.

The student’s at Maine-Endwell are fortunate to have Kellie Smith as well as Diane and Roz for their art eduction.


~ by florriebarnett on March 4, 2008.

One Response to “Observing at Maine-Endwell”

  1. I look forward to seeing the painting. Well written summary.


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