Art at VVS by Maddie
At Verde Valley School, you’ll find a lot of different people. The most notable of all the different sorts of people here would be the artist. One of my favorite things about VVS is the art program. When I came to visit VVS, (prior to committing to come here) the amount of student art (welding, paintings, ceramics, murals) on display all around the campus was astounding. When I saw the things VVS students were able to produce, I immediately thought, “I want to go here - if this school is going to teach me how to make stuff like that - this is where I want to be”. Walking into the visual arts classrooms is like walking into an artists studio. It’s exactly what an art room should be; there’s paint everywhere, random jars, odd assemblage pieces, beautifully obscure indie music, bobs and bits of still lifes and almost no where to walk. The space itself is a work of art, not a permanent installation though, as Jeremy the visual arts teacher, is always moving around the setup. Just to make sure no one gets too familiar! Over the last twelve months at VVS, I’ve had some of the best times in the art room. I’ve painted in there, doodled for hours, had field trip meetings, covered Bon Iver’s Holocene (when that song was still cool), painted over-sized dears for target practice and best of all gotten to know people. I’ve had the pleasure of familiarizing myself with Seffa-Bee Klein, Mollie McElligott, Tatsuko Otagawa and Bea Kruse, four now VVS graduates, who’ve inspired me. They were all apart of VVS’s IB art program last year, and the pieces they made were absolutely astounding. I’m sure all four graduates mentioned would deny it, but in my eyes they are artists, role models and go-getters. Best of all - they created themselves. VVS gives us this creative space and just encourages and supports us, pushing us towards greatness, telling us to cross the line and think outside the box, making artist of those students who chose to be.