Ashley Edgerton Oates
Crumpled Paper Study
Intro to the Studio Arts Upper School
Newman Freshman Eli K.Etching 
Printmaking Upper School
Newman Junior James P.Etching
Printmaking Upper School
Newman Senior Sara B. Etching in the style of Morandi
Printmaking Upper School
Newman Sophomore Evan H.Photo of Still Life for Morandi EtchingEtching 
Printmaking Class | Upper School
AK's Dog portrait | Newman SophomoreMixed Media Printmaking Project 
Upper School Printmaking Class
Newman Junior James P.  Detail of James' mixed media pieceMixed Media Printmaking Project
Upper School Printmaking Class
Newman Sophomore Ashley D.  Still life with Miniature Chair
Upper School Drawing Class
Newman Sophomore John B. Installation of Intro to the Studio Arts
Still Life: Learning Intuitive Perspective
Upper School | NewmanStill Life with Bunny
Intro to the Studio Arts Upper School
Newman Freshman Myles K.Installation View #2: Final Critique of 
Still Life with Bunny
Intro class learning Intuitive PerspectiveStill Life with Bunny
Intro to the Studio Arts Upper School
Newman Freshman Olivia P.Detail of Eriel's still life
Intro to the Studio Arts | Upper School 
Newman FreshmanCritique Inspired Art!Contour Drawing of Hand
Intro to the Studio Arts Upper School
Newman Freshman Cora L.Contour Drawing of Hand
Intro to the Studio Arts Upper School
Newman Sophomore Beach G.Relief Print
Printmaking Upper School
Newman Senior Sara B.Installation View of Negative & Positive Space Project for Drawing Class
Charcoal and GessoNegative & Positive Space Project
Upper School Drawing
Newman Junior Reilly C. Ink Drawing of Chinese Elm outside our room -  Intro to the Studio Arts
Newman Freshman Ashley D.Ink Drawing of Chinese Elm outside our room - Intro to the Studio Arts
Newman Freshman Chris H. Freshman creating their sketchbook covers with spray paintFruit Still Life: Exploring Color
Intro to the Studio Arts | Upper School
Newman Sophomore Barrett W. 
Honorable Mention Scholastic Art Awards2-point perspective Birdhouse Community
Intro to the Studio Arts | Upper School
Newman Freshman Beau A.2-point perspective Birdhouse Community
Upper School Drawing 
Newman Senior Carter C.New York Tunnel Book
Intro to the Studio Arts | Upper School
Newman Sophomore Kara T.Jazz Fest Tunnel Book
Intro to the Studio Arts | Upper School
Newman Junior  Daphne M.Pastel after George Inness
Intro to the Studio Arts | Newman 
Upper School
Installation of Miniature Charcoal Books in the style of Emily Holt
Upper School DrawingMiniature Books with Charcoal Drawings
Upper School Drawing 
Portrait in the style of Barkley L. Hendricks
Intro to the Studio Arts Class - Upper School
Newman Freshman Olivia P.Portrait in the style of Barkley L. Hendricks
Intro to the Studio Arts Class - Upper School
Newman Freshman Zoe G.Portrait in the style of Barkley L. Hendricks
Intro to the Studio Arts Class - Upper School
Newman Senior Scott K.Beach and Roan working 
on their Walker pieces 
Newman School in New OrleansView of two student silhouettes
In the style of Kara Walker
Freshman and Sophomore Students Roan working on his silhouette 
"Fear and Hope"
+ Current Upper School Student Art 2017
Here is a current selection of Upper School student artwork from the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. The work comes from five different classes: Intro to the Studio Arts | Drawing | Printmaking | Digital Photography | Darkroom Photography

Teaching Philosophy

Students tell their own stories when making art. My job is to encourage each individual voice, so that my students can feel free and passionate making art and learning new media. In my experience presenting various design problems to students from grade one to college, I have observed that critical thinking skills thrive in the art studio even at the earliest levels. I provide a safe studio environment where my students can take creative risks and freely solve artistic problems. In our shared art space, students learn and refine technical and formal skills in an effort to better present their stories.

Elementary and middle school students review and implement the principles and elements of design in such a way that these compositional tools become a natural part of the creative process. Their individuality is beautifully apparent through their mark making and varied compositional styles. I expose students to art history and contemporary art, so that they may begin to see their own work as part of a larger cultural continuum.

For upper school students – particularly my photography students – technique, design elements, and craftsmanship are at the core of their work. However, the introduction of photographic history and theory, as well as political context, provides a more critical basis in which to create art. This also holds true for my college students who are held to higher standards in terms of craftsmanship, technique, and content, and are therefore expected to create a substantial body of work.

For all my students, I am their art coach, and my primary objective is to validate and encourage their voices. The artist’s individual voice is at the core of all creative endeavors. I am vigorously open to the suggestions, questions, and creations of students – as the give and take that exists in the art studio is exactly the type of engagement that keeps my classroom a vibrant space full of collaboration, growth, and possibility.
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