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Painting for Meaning

Upper School art students in Daniel Vance’s painting class are working on several techniques, including black and white mediums, color portraiture, mixed media, and composed image. As Vance’s students progress in their work, he has been working on an individual basis with students in order to help them infuse meaning into their work. “Students achieve true artistry when they build an emotional thrust into their work,” said Vance. “You need to know what the viewer is supposed to feel and you need to manipulate the viewer into seeing the message and taking it home, communicate it without them knowing it, and internalize it. Having an emotion behind your work is the goal.”