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2022

  • 5th Graders Create Composite Painting

    Tandem 5th graders, with the help of art teacher Julia Sapir, created a composite painting that will be revealed at the Mother's Day Music Festival. This large-scale painting was designed by tracing every student's body outline on the canvas - one at a time - so that the outlines overlapped. Students then used warm and summery colors to fill in all of the spaces with paint and markers. The result is pretty amazing - check out the photos ahead of the reveal.
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  • Making Visible Portrait Project Yields Amazing Student Work

    Students in Susan Brodie's Art I-V classes have been working on the Making Visible Portrait Project. For some it is the first pencil drawing they have done and for the vast majority it is the first portrait they have ever drawn. The mission of the Making Visible Portrait Project states: "Artists often create art that makes things and people visible that are otherwise unseen. Our portrait project is to make visible those Americans who have made incredible contributions to our country and society (in the sciences, math, literature, and arts) and yet have not been given the credit they deserve because of systemic racism. These portraits will help make individuals known and seen and we will celebrate them in our community."

    The amazing portraits our students drew remained on display in the Blue Room for several weeks - check out some in this post and check out all of them in a slideshow here.
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  • Upper School Artists Impress with 'Making Visible' Project

    Upper School artists in Art class with teacher Susan Brodie created some amazing work with 'Making Visible - A Portrait Project.' For some, this is the first pencil drawing they have done and for the vast majority it is the first portrait they have ever drawn. The project's mission states that : "Artists often create art that makes things and people visible that are otherwise unseen. Our portrait project is to make visible those Americans who have made incredible contributions to our country and society (in the sciences, math, literature, and arts) and yet have not been given the credit they deserve because of systemic racism. These portraits will help make individuals known and seen and we will celebrate them in our community." Our student's portraits were hanging in the Blue Room of the Main Building for quite some time and were really worth a look. Check some out in the photos - to see all of them, click here for a slideshow.
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  • Art Students Selected for Summer Art Program 

    Congratulations to two Tandem Friends Middle School art students - Sofia S. (8th) and Zella L. (7th) - on being accepted into the competitive Reflections Art Governor's School program for the summer of 2022. Sofia will be representing TFS for the 2nd year in a row. Well done! Check out some of their amazing artwork.
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  • 8th Graders Create Art for Social Justice

    8th grade art students recently held an art show in the Blue Room entitled Art for Social Justice. Led by Middle School art teacher Julia Sapir, students thoughtfully selected a wide array of social justice issues to focus on in their work. Some of those issues included the environment, body image, immigration, Muslim stereotypes and treatment, child labor, homelessness, gender pay gap, child abuse, sexual assault, economic inequality, and more. Once their artwork was complete, each artist wrote about their work and how it related to social justice. The result is some pretty powerful artwork and writing full of symbolism and truth. Check out this digital sampling of their work as well.
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  • Zentangle Projects Return

    It's the return of the Zentangle! Susan Brodie's Art I students are taking on Zentangles - an exploration of line, shape, pattern, and color. Check out works by (in order of artwork) Golden, Jenk, Riley, Tvo, Aslan, Tessa, Orro, and Esme. Zentangles always amaze!
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  • Tandem Drama Teachers Work Together at Live Arts

    Tandem drama teachers Perry Medlin (Upper School) and Edwina Herring (Middle School) have been spending plenty of time together for the last few months, on campus and off, working to bring theatre to our community and to the local community at large. In addition to bringing vibrant drama classes and productions to Tandem, the two paired up to direct and assistant direct the Live Arts production of the comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride, opening tonight and running through March 27. Perry has served as the show's Director and Edwina as the show's Assistant Director. The play tells the story of a young Elvis impersonator who is desperately trying to find a new act and tries to become a drag queen to make a living. The show also serves as this season's Live Arts Mentor/Apprentice Program, which pairs high school theater students with experienced designers and production team members during the entire show. Six local students worked on this show, which requires 50 costumes, complicated sets, and lots of lighting and sound technology. Here at Tandem, Perry is working on the Upper School production of Our Town and Edwina is rehearsing the 6th graders in The Wizard of Oz. It's a busy, drama-filled life!

    C-ville Weekly recently wrote about The Legend of Georgia McBride - you can read that article here.  Details and ticket info here. The show contains some adult themes and content. Break a leg, Perry, Edwina and the cast and crew of The Legend of Georgia McBride!
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  • Student Artist Creates Pencil Portraits

    Check out these wonderful pencil on paper portraits done by Tandem Friends junior Talia S. Most of the portraits were finished in her independent study drawing class last semester with teacher Susan Brodie. Several portraits are of friends at Tandem, one is of musician Brandi Carlile and one is of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Talia submitted these portraits as part of her portfolio and application for the Summer Residential Governor’s School in the Visual Arts. The portraits are on exhibit in our Main Building's Blue Room along with other art by advanced art students. Wow!
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  • Art Students Take on Printmaking

    Upper School students in Susan Brodie's Art 2-5 classes have been learning the art of printmaking. The group is doing monoprinting, using liquid acrylic paint on Gell plates. They then print onto paper using this one-time process. Completed prints will be used later in the semester to create a multimedia collage. Check out some of their work.
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  • Tandem Junior a Published Illustrator

    Tandem junior Theo Adams, also a talented artist, has more reasons than the rest of us to like snow. Theo was chosen by local author Flora Reser Wyatt to illustrate her children’s book Let it Snow! Theo created 35 illustrations for the book using ink and watercolor on paper. He worked on many of the illustrations during an independent art class last semester. Some of his wonderful original illustrations are on display in the Blue Room in our Main Building. Congratulations on becoming a published artist, Theo!
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