Arts & Entertainment

Roxbury Students Learn Oil Painting from a Master

MaryBeth Thielhelm discusses technique at RHS Credits: Roxbury High School
MaryBeth Thielhelm Artist-in-Residence at RHS Credits: courtesy of Roxbury High School
Renee Zengel, Art Teacher at RHS at the Artist-in-Residence Workshop Credits: Roxbury High School
RHS Students Practicing Technique at Artist-in-Residence Workshop Credits: Roxbury High School
Tara Egan works on oil painting at artist-in-residence workshop Credits: Roxbury High School

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School art students are learning techniques, and getting the lowdown on art as a career, from a professional: MaryBeth Thielhelm.

Thielhelm has been participating in the high school's artist-in-residence program over the past few months. Her final session will take place next week.

Twenty-three advanced art students from the Portfolio Development and AP Art Studio classes participated in three of four oil painting technique workshops and presentations offered between November 2016 and February 2017.

Sign Up for E-News

To build an understanding of Thielhelm's body of work and technique, Roxbury students researched the artist and examined her pieces prior to her first visit in November. Evan VanBiert, a junior, said he enjoyed his interactions with Thielhelm.

“MaryBeth Thielhelm is a very accomplished oil painter who has had work in many galleries," VanBiert said. "One gallery is the Sears Peyton Gallery in New York City. Her artwork mainly consists of oil paintings, her subject matter mainly oceans. She creates these paintings by laying very thin washes of oil paint. I really love how she creates her paintings, slowly building up washes of oil paint. I also really like how she utilizes high contrast in her paintings.”

Thielhelm demonstrated her application techniques to the students in the first workshop and she worked one-on-one with them to discuss the inspirational pieces she selected and how to start the process.

Throughout the sessions, students paused for critique, contemplation and feedback from their peers as well as the artist herself.

“Students were able to work on their pieces in-between workshops and after each one were asked to describe their experience and write what they learned from the artist regarding technique, color, the process, using the brush, rag, their hands, etc.," said Joann Hughes, the high school's visual arts lead teacher. "They took relevant notes and wrote honestly about their interaction with the artist."

Hughes said she hopes the students "come away with a better understanding of the way an artist works, how they use the creative process and what it takes to succeed in the profession." She also said she hopes the young artists gain "a sense of accomplishment and pride in the work they created, and most of all, that they remember the shared experience as one that spurred their excitement, passion and resolution to work hard and reach their goals.”

Completed pieces will be on display in Roxbury schools and might be submitted to upcoming art shows and competitions. The Roxbury High School Fine Arts department is working on setting up additional artist-in-residence programs for ceramics and photography.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_ba1838869e6786a9d7d8_suckasunny-day-logo-300x300

Sat, September 9, 9:30 AM

Succasunna

Olde Suckasunny Day 2017

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_e5a7492be92be01b346b_af094e3add34d182b02d_for-sale-1726365_1920

Sat, September 9, 10:00 AM

St. Therese RC Church, Succasunna

St. Therese Altar Rosary Society Granny's Attic ...

Home & Garden

Carousel_image_952a22268b46bc860b5d_new-gazebo-300x263

Sun, September 10, 2:00 PM

Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna

Roxbury Library Gazebo Dedication Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9252e5621a44c113fa3d_racgsale

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Horseshoe Lake Fairgrounds, Succasunna

Community Yard Sale at Horseshoe Lake

Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Before Heading to Campus, Be Sure to Schedule That Vehicle Maintenance

Campus life is about to start in a few short weeks.  While you may be thinking books, laptops and meal plans, don’t forget about scheduling the “family moving van” for some timely service.

Whether your college destination is 40 or 400 miles away, an oil change or new tires should be considered before getting on the road this semester.

Many college kids are heading to ...

Getting it Right From the Start; Roxbury Realtor Bob Idakaar

ROXBURY, NJ – Twenty years ago this month, Bob Idakaar experienced an unprofessional real estate agent. That’s when he decided to be a good one.

Idakaar, a lifelong Succasunna resident and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, bought his fifth home in July 1997. A big event, one that could have been joyous, ended up being stressful and unenjoyable.

“I had a bad experience,” he ...

Still Time to Join Other Women to Build for Morris Habitat for Humanity

August 8, 2017

MT. OLIVE, NJ - This week has been set aside by Morris Habitat as a “Women Build” week. “Women Build” brings women together from all walks of life to learn construction skills and to advocate for affordable housing and safer, stronger communities.

Through Aug. 12, “Women Build” week will be going to 18/20 Wallman Way in  Budd Lake. 

In ...

Donations Sought for Fall Book Sale at the Roxbury Public Library

ROXBURY, NJ - Donations of hardcover, paperbacks and textbooks in good condition, DVDs, CDs, books-on-tape will be accepted at the Roxbury Public Library from Aug. 22 through Aug. 30. 

Magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, encyclopedias will not be accepted. Tax receipts are available. 

The Friends’ of the Roxbury Public Library ...