Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Annual Art Show
Bringing Indonesian Batik and Culture to New Haven Middle School Students
April 9, 2016
Last night, the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School (BRAMS) community celebrated 30 years of “As Far As the Eye Can See,” the Annual Exhibition of the Visual Arts, with an opening reception for students, teachers, alumni, family, and friends.
After our visit to Ms. Galante’s 8th grade class back in February, her students painstakingly designed their own batik creations, and then went through several stages of creating their final pieces of artwork: drawing their designs in pencil on paper; tracing them onto fabric with the aid of a light-box; dripping hot wax onto their designs; and finally dying their creations with as many layers and colors as they liked. The results: FANTASTIC.
Batik designs from Ms. Galante’s 8th grade class were on prominent display in the Art Show, greeting all audience members at the main entrance to the auditorium. Placards explained, in words and pictures, the batik-making process, from the design inspirations and motifs to the application of wax and dyeing of the fabric. Each of the 12 students’ work spoke to their individuality and creative spirit, featuring geometric and natural motifs, animal and floral designs, and even astrological symbols.
Once within, visitors were greeted with a feast for the eyes, with arrays of photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed media artwork, and even a video showcase of short student films on the mainstage.
Please see below for additional pictures from the art show, which will be on display at BRAMS for one more week in the school’s auditorium and main hallways.