Memorial Hall has undergone a temporary facelift in the form of masking-tape graffiti. The culprits are members of faculty member Brian Schroyer’s ASP Studio Arts class.
Using multiple rolls of black masking tape, the 12 students first created original designs using PhotoShop, then projected them from a laptop onto the white pillars of Memorial Hall. The result is a series of temporary high-contrast images that stand out from the white backdrop of the pillars. Designs range from a black-and-white jump-suited prisoner, to a display of fish, to a realistic masking-taped version of the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Master teacher Schroyer, who teaches fine arts at SPS during the regular academic year, stresses the importance for artists to have a chance to demonstrate their skill in a public forum.
“This project forwards our conversation about public art and the role of artists in society,” explains Schroyer, who is in his 13th year of teaching at ASP. “It’s also a chance for them to put themselves out there in front of the program.”
The designs are prominent during fruit break, a popular mid-morning intermission for ASP students, located on the front steps of Memorial Hall.
P.J. Benson, one of the dozen students in the class, likes the project because of the opportunity to have his work evaluated by his peers.
“I love it because you’re putting yourself out there to be judged by everyone,” says Benson, who attends Kennett High School in Conway, N.H. “Most of the stuff we do in the studio is displayed at the end of the year, but here everyone can see it.”
Schroyer spends the first of the five-week class helping students of varying artistic experience to look at and think about art at the same level. During weeks two through five, students roll up their sleeves and work on various assignments, including self-portraits and ceramic masks.
When Benson’s Kennett classmate deGrasse Schrader enrolled at ASP, she didn’t have a lot of experience with art, but the intensive summer class offered her a chance to experiment with many mediums.
“I have never really had a chance to take (art) classes in high school because my schedule is so full,” explains Schrader. “This was a great opportunity.”