Art on the Beach: St. Michael's Students Transform Easton's Beach
Note: this event has been postponed, new date TBA.
For the fifth year in a row St. Michael's students will transform the face of Easton's Beach—for a day.
Armed with shovels, and using the broad expanse of Easton's Beach as their canvas and whatever natural objects are on hand (shells, shell bits, dune grass, sea glass and seaweed), nearly thirty middle school students at St. Michael's Country Day School will be spending the better part of next Tuesday, October 5, down at the water's edge creating low-relief sculptures in which they literally use the sand as their canvas.
This is the fifth year in a row the fifth- to eighth-graders in St. Michael's studio art class have brought their creative efforts to bear on the sandy surface (above the mean high tide mark). Leslie Fisk's and Robert Kalakjian's students have already collected some of the shells, grasses, rocks and seaweed they will use to make their bold designs, and have worked together to create a design in the studio that next Tuesday they will then transfer onto the sand.
For the St. Michael's community, Art on the Beach has become one of the rites of autumn. Three years ago, the project caught the attention—and appreciation—of a local reporter, who wrote about going out for a walk on the beach on a Sunday afternoon and "stumbling across the sand-shell-and-seaweed creations. . . At first, they appear to be some kind of crop circles or ancient gathering place—round, decorated holes left behind in the sand. It makes you wonder: Where else can you not only take a walk on a beautiful public beach on the Atlantic Ocean on a gorgeous fall afternoon, but take in public works of art made of natural materials found on the beach, too?"
Mrs. Fisk, Mr. Kaladjian, and their students will be down on the sand next Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.