2017-01-26 / Local News

Seeing Art in a Whole New Way

By Stephanie Morton
12th Grader


Above: MARIN VANDERLEEK ('18) techniques learned by Larson. Below: Larson and Louis Rodriguez ('19) have a one-on-one session. Bottom: The whole workshop crew holds their inspired artworks high with pride. Above: MARIN VANDERLEEK ('18) techniques learned by Larson. Below: Larson and Louis Rodriguez ('19) have a one-on-one session. Bottom: The whole workshop crew holds their inspired artworks high with pride. Jean Larson an abstract artist originally from Traverse City, Michigan who is now travelling for her work, some of her destinations include Iceland, Africa, New York, and France. Larson recently visited the Suttons Bay Art Department to host a two-hour workshop for high school students. Her oil paintings inspired by close-up textures in nature is world renowned.

Hanna Curtis (‘19) learned from Larson that “it is okay to let your paintings drip and smear” and that “you don’t have to go very far to for her to be here, coming from so far away.” During the workshop students had the opportunity to ask Larson questions about her work. Her art is based off of close-up photos she took while traveling, like dumpsters and mud puddles. Louis Rodriguez (‘19) commented that “her close-up pictures of mud puddles stood out to him.”

Students then discovered textures for themselves thanks to high school and middle school science teacher Mrs. Goodyke for offering up specimens to investigate. The students then created abstract paintings of their own based on the textures they observed.

Larson’s work can be found on display in the Dennos Art Museum on the NMC campus in Traverse now, go and check them out for yourself!


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