You’ve got to love the spirit of a student body that names its literary magazine The Battering Ram, and that treasures the arts of manga, anime and stop-motion filmmaking alongside traditional painting and sculpture, as well as the ominous presence of installation as a curating force and creative statement all its own. We look for chutzpah and innovation in our student art, and this weekend’s three-day celebration of the arts of the Woodstock Day School at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts at 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock – including exhibitions and installations of work created out of Visual Art and Media Arts classes, as well as from the school’s Performing Arts and Literary Arts Departments – promises to be exhilarating. For a sneak peek, take a look above at the still from Kayleigh Myer’s film Diphenhydramine Dreams.
Founded in the early 1970s as a nursery program, the Woodstock Day School now offers classes from pre-K through 12th grade with more than 175 students and an expanded campus that includes a new media center and central building. “The arts are an essential part of Woodstock Day School’s mission to nurture creativity, to teach critical thinking and encourage reflection and dialogue about complex issues,” is how the school describes itself.
This weekend’s celebration of the arts starts with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, January 11, including a program of performing arts and poetry readings. The exhibition and installation of visual art from each age group at the school, augmented by video projects from the Woodstock Day School Upper School’s Media Arts Program, will then continue through Sunday.