By Ileana A.
The Family Foundation School welcomed a new art teacher, Judith Reeve, on September 12th, 2011. She works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and currently has seven students. She also teaches at the Woodstock School of Art.
Judith studied at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut. The Academy was an atelier and there she studied under the tutelage of artist Deane Keller, famous for his anatomic figure drawings. Judith also studied at the Silvermine Arts Center in Connecticut where she learned about lithography.
This past summer, Judith participated in a residency program at the Plattekill Falls in New York. There she worked on landscape paintings and lived in a rustic cabin for a week. There will be a group show with all the participants’ work in December.
With artist William Morris as one of her inspirations, Judith’s main goal is to give her students a new way to look at the world. William Morris did a lot work that was inspired by organic forms, incorporating the beauty of nature into tapestries, wallpaper, and prints. Judith would like her students to learn from what the world has already provided and incorporate that into their own work.
Each of Judith’s students has a visual journal in which they record their experiences so that they may become more aware of things that are easy to overlook. She stresses visual acuity; becoming more aware of everyday things will give the students a different type of understanding of the world.
Right now, Judith’s students are learning about natural forms, depicting cattails and milkweeds through drawing and painting. She hopes to start printmaking next semester and wants to introduce more ways to get in touch with the students’ creative sides.