Art is appreciated at Vail Mountain School |

Art is appreciated at Vail Mountain School

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyVail Mountain School students including Layton Purchase, center, mimic Kudzidza group member Bongo Love's (right) moves Wednesday during the school's day of the arts in Vail.

VAIL, Colorado –As spring returns to Vail, so does Vail Mountain School’s annual Week of the Arts.

Each year, the art department schedules numerous events and opportunities to celebrate the arts on the school’s East Vail campus.

The school is transformed into a gallery of student art projects that have been completed throughout the year. This year, the art department focused on installation art.

“The large format of installation art is meant to change the perception of a space, and this is obvious when entering the school,” said art teacher Maren Schwartz.

Installations include an underwater scene filled with giant fish and a tropical jungle inhabited by papier mache birds, hand-painted umbrellas that decorate the fireplace mantle in the school’s Common, and life-size self portraits of students along the hallway that leads to the school gymnasium. In addition, sculptures, paintings, drawings and collages cover the walls, shelves and nearly every nook and cranny of the school building.

The performing arts are celebrated each day at 10 a.m. when students play music, sing and act in the school’s theater. On Tuesday, the community was invited to attend the fifth-through-12th-grade concert and art gallery show, which featured the fifth grade beginning band; Lower, Middle, and Upper School choirs; 6th grade band; concert band; wind ensemble; and jazz band.

The height of Week of the Arts was Wednesday’s Day of the Arts, which featured visiting artists, including a jewelry maker, painter, sculptor, puppeteer, and stained glass artist. Students participated in workshops with the artists and also watched a concert and workshops with the Kudzidza Foundation, an African dance troupe.

“This is an exciting week for students and faculty at Vail Mountain School as we celebrate the talents and passions of our artistic community,” Schwartz says.

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