MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School's Domareki Gallery, where students normally exhibit their art throughout the year, shows their teachers' work until Monday, October 14th. "Fantasy & Figures" shows the work of all eight CHS art teachers: Kate Dodd, Jon Fisher, Curtis Grayson III, Cindy Malhotra, Kirk Maynard, Paul Morigliano, Karen Murphy and Nicole Thomas. The show gives teachers the opportunity to exhibit their work and show their students what their teachers are doing outside the walls of CHS.
"It's a really good thing, not just for the students, but for us too," Fisher said on October 2 in an interview with the news record. "It helps to show students what our work looks like and for us." we feel like "I should keep something running rather than just teaching." The lessons have many levels. It's not just a classroom. When a student sees that, I think he respects you and that motivates him. "
Fisher, who teaches film and digital photography, has six great photographs on the show. He tells his students that the word "photography" comes from two Greek words meaning "writing with light" and used that idea for his own photos. If you slow down the camera shutter and shake it around, the pictures look like paintings.
"Taking photographs is often considered an inventive tool because you can capture things that the eye does not see," said Fisher. "Initially it was used as a scientific tool. I do it for artistic reasons. "
Some of his photography students have seen the show, and Fisher says one has asked technical questions about how he took his photos. Malhotra, who teaches computer graphics and production journalism, said the same in an interview with the news record on October 2.
"It's important for students to see what we're doing next to teaching," she said. "We actually do what's important to see. They see us from a different perspective and open up on a more personal level, which is nice. They are always curious about you and thus you become more human than an authority person. "
Most art teachers, including Malhotra, had previously published their work in art exhibitions or. In addition to being able to introduce their work to students, the faculty exhibition is a great way to continue practicing their craft.
"It helps us maintain our ability as an artist," Malhotra said. "And it adds to the idea that your child is being taught by someone who produces."
Dodd, who teaches AP art history and Art 2, 3, and 4, often uses out-of-box materials such as old books, rather than traditional artifacts, in her work. Her pieces at CHS show imitation imitations, but she also often makes sculptures and environmental installations.
"It's a very different part of me," she said of her own work in an interview with the news record on October 2. "When they see my work, they definitely see what they do not see at school, I like it to surprise them."
Rachel Lemonnier of CHS Senior, one of Fisher's photography assistants, said the show was surprising students.
"You can see what they are doing outside of school," Lemonnier said in an interview with the news record on October 2. "They are really passionate and do not just do it to make money because they can teach, it's motivating and it lifts our spirits, we could use it."
Photos by Amanda Valentovic and courtesy of Jon Fisher