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Meet Mr. Kirk!

19 Feb

If you happen to stop by Mr. Langevin’s Art Room, be sure to welcome Mr. Kirk! He will be at Ilchester as a student teacher until March.

Mr. Kirk

Students checking out Mr. Kirk's artwork, on display outside Mr. Langevin's art room!

To get to know Mr. Kirk, we asked him a few questions…

Q: Where did you grow up?

Mr. Kirk: I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, about 6 miles from Philadelphia.

Q: Where do you go to school?

Mr. Kirk: I go to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting. I am enrolled in MICA’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Q: Who are your favorite artists?

Mr. Kirk: Being a painter, a lot of different painters interest me. Artists that really get me excited to paint are Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter. I feel a kinship to them, like they’re my grandfathers or something, passing along a tradition, and it changes as each generation gets a chance at being an “American Painter”. Also, beyond that, I find a lot of inspiration in the snapshots and photographs of the past. They really capture my interest in how we see the past, and how that view effects how we feel about things happening in the here and now. The real important thing is, that as an artist you are constantly open to new things and experiences. That’s what’s wonderful about teaching. Students can make visual and verbal decisions that you could never make yourself, and it’s exciting for me to see them work, and for me to talk with them.

Q: What are your favorite mediums to use in your artwork?

Mr. Kirk: Again, I’m primarily a painter, but I’ve found that sometimes I have to take a break from it and make something completely different. Like, for example, last year I made two lap steel electric guitars, and lately, I’m feeling an affinity for sculpture and textile work.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to teach?

Mr. Kirk: My mother is a teacher, so I suppose it’s in my blood. I really decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was in high school. I had kind of a negative high school art experience, and I really wanted to be a positive influence on students.

Q: Any interesting facts about yourself?

Mr. Kirk: Hmm. Some people give me the nickname, “The Captain”, kind of a Star Trek reference. I always have to tell them though, my grandfather was the original “Captain Kirk”, in the US Navy, Naval Academy Class of 1927.

Welcome!

24 Sep

Welcome to Ilchester Elementary’s Art Room blog! On this blog, you can MEET the art teachers, Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson by reading a little bit about them, as well as VIEW artwork slideshows to see what we’re doing in the art room throughout the year!