Art Department Chair Richard Dewey has been named this year’s Brian Eichenbrenner Master Teacher Award recipient. He will use this award to travel to Kyoto, Japan over the summer and experience the traditional arts of Sumie ink wash paintings and Shodo calligraphy as well as study the works of Mark Tobey and Isamu Noguchi.
“I’ve always been drawn to Kyoto both artistically and culturally,” says Dewey. Over the years as an art teacher, Dewey has always admired and been drawn to Tobey and Noguchi, two artists who drew inspiration from Japan for their art. Traveling to Kyoto and learning about the inspiration for their artwork as well as visiting Noguchi’s studio will help him better understand and appreciate these artists, he says. In addition, Dewey also hopes to take classes in Japanese calligraphy and Japanese ink painting. “For years, I have wanted to study more about these, and being able to learn first-hand in that location” will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, he adds.
After this summer trip, Dewey hopes to utilize his newfound understanding of Sumie ink wash paintings in the classroom, developing lessons for his upper school students. In addition, Dewey says, “I would like to be able to bring my knowledge of Mark Tobey and Isamu Noguchi into the art history classes and take a day or two with the AP Art History students to teach about what I have experienced.”
This permanently endowed fund was established in 1997 in memory of Brian Eichenbrenner '97. The master teacher award was established to enable faculty to bring more knowledge to the classroom and further inspire in their students a passion for learning. Awards, which are among six endowed faculty enrichment opportunities awarded each year, provide opportunities for recipients to enhance their teaching through academic experiences.
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