Internationally renowned visual artist Zheng Chongbin P'19 just wrapped up his month-long residency working with juniors in Eric Oldmixon’s Advanced Visual Arts class. Chongbin is an internationally renowned, Marin County–based artist whose career has spanned three decades. Chongbin is also the father of Branson alumna Phoebe Zheng '19.
Having professional artists in the classroom invigorates students and teachers alike.
Our Visiting Artists program connects students directly with Bay Area visual artists, guest choreographers, theater specialists, and master musicians. They work alongside students sharing their craft, expertise, and advice. Visual Arts teachers Eric Oldmixon and Allyson Seal presented at the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) annual conference about the value of our Artist in Residence program.
Internationally renowned visual artist Zheng Chongbin P'19 is visiting Branson this week to lead demonstrations and discussions for Branson students as they prepare for final art projects.
Visiting Artist Kirsten Giroux joined the Advanced Acting class to work on scenes from Twelfth Night.
James Tucker, owner and operator of The Aesthetic Union, a letterpress print shop in San Francisco, visited Advanced Visual Arts elective “Taking A Stand: Messaging the Masses,” as a part of the class’ ongoing exploration of art as a vehicle for social progress.
Texas-based printmaker Ben Muñoz joined Advanced Visual Arts for three class periods to share his work and inspire students to explore the themes that he addresses in his own work.
On September 11, Jermey J. Edmonson visited the Dance Performance and Dance II-IV classes. Following a discussion on Hip-Hop and social media, Edmonson shared his choreographic process and a dance dedicated to the LGBTQI community.
On Thursday, September 10, Ruth Olga Sherman visited Dance Performance to teach a virtual modern class.
On Friday, September 11, guest artist Abhisek Roy shared the history of Bhangra dance and music from Punjab, India with the Athletic Dance for Men II class.
On Wednesday, May 27, composer and musician Eugene Birman '05 visited Rachel Kim’s Performance Classical class
In May, visiting artists and actors Kirsten Giroux and David Kudler joined the Advanced Acting class to teach a unit on Shakespeare. Over the course of six sessions they worked on scenes from Twelfth Night.