Students in Martin Scoville’s Advanced Drawing and Painting classes at Sandy Creek High School took a recent field trip to Old Forge where they drew inspiration from nature.
Prior to the field trip, the students studied the water colors of Winslow Homer, who worked in the Adirondack Mountains during a period of his life and painted many works during that time.
“We used Winslow Homer’s works as an historical springboard,” said Scoville, who also said that painting from life rather than from two-dimensional photos is an important part of drawing and painting.
Senior art student Sarah McDougal agreed saying, the experience helped her and the other students to understand perspective.
“It was awesome being up there,” she said. “You could choose your perspective and what you wanted to paint.”
Upon arriving in Old Forge, the students needed to get to the vantage point that would provide that inspirational view.
Together they hiked up Bald Mountain where they chose a spot that provided the amazing vista.
The students ate lunch on the mountain before hiking back down and returning to school.