• Visual Arts Events


    Spring Arts Festival Returns: The campus was alive with creativity in late May with the return of GSA’s Spring Arts Festival after a two-year hiatus.

         The celebration of arts of all kinds kicked off with a performance by dancer and musician Molly Gawler.

         Over two days, students took part in more than 75 different workshops led by area professionals, alumni, staff, and students. The workshops were on subjects as diverse as painting, writing, cooking, gardening, dancing, acting, laser cutting, and fly tying.

         Each day concluded with music: a battle of the bands on the first day and a performance by singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter on the second.

         The festival was organized by Melissa Rioux, chair of the school’s arts department, who had this to say.

         "I would like to thank the many community members who came in to share with our students for Arts Fest, as well as the wonderfully talented teachers and staff of George Stevens Academy. The wonderful performances of Molly Gawler and Caroline Cotter were not to be missed, not to mention the participants in the battle of the bands (GSA students and staff). If there are area artisans, visionaries, or designers that would like to participate next year, feel free to reach out to GSA art teacher Melissa Rioux."

         Our next Spring Arts Festival will take place on May 25 and 26, 2023!

         Learn about the History of the GSA Spring Arts Festival.


    The Haystack Studio Based Learning program, a residential three-day studio program for local high school students, takes place in September. At GSA, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to sign up for workshops in blacksmithing, fiber, book arts, wood, ceramics, and metals taught by professional artists. During their stay at Haystack, students work alongside chaperones during studio time but also get the opportunity to hear faculty present their work and share their creative processes each evening. Interested GSA students should contact Melissa Rioux '01 (m.rioux@georgestevens.org).


    The Haystack Mentor Program is a follow-up opportunity for students to work in smaller groups with local artists in their studios. This program is open to freshmen through seniors, and workshops occur from January to May and usually take place during weekends or school vacations. For information and to apply for the mentor program, contact Haystack (visit https://www.haystack-mtn.org/).


    The Student Art Show at the Blue Hill Public Library, held every spring, is an opportunity for students at GSA and other schools, as well as homeschooled students, to exhibit their work in public. The range of artworks exhibited is extraordinary. GSA art teachers invited art students to submit works for the show in late winter.


    For more on our Visual and Performing Arts courses, visit www.georgestevensacademy.org/VPA.