Visual Arts Students Learn Patience is Key


Summer Term @Ross students are working with acrylic paint this week in their Art elective. In an effort to cultivate in the students a sense of patience necessary when working with paint, instructor Chaz Hollinger gave the students four days to create two paintings. Whereas it can be tempting for students to rush through their painting, giving them a longer lead time helped them to be familiar with fundamental processes like creating depth in a piece by layering paint.

The overall goal of the class is to give students a better understanding of the process of working with different art media, as well as teach fundamental knowledge and skills like color theory, creating depth, and working with geometric shapes.


In prior weeks, the students have spent time exploring perspective drawing and landscapes. “In landscapes, there’s an end goal to be reached,” Chaz said. “But in abstract paintings like these, part of the lesson is learning when to push through difficulties and when to set down your brush.” Chaz says he’s impressed by the diligence this group has shown, as well as the progress they’ve made.

“Art doesn’t happen overnight,” Chaz said. “Even in my own work, I’ve come to realize that patience is key.”

Becoming a Maker in Innovation Lab @Ross


The space that hosts Innovation Lab @Ross is filled with movement: some students are huddled at tables sketching on large poster boards; another is cutting out pieces from a large sheath of corrugated cardboard. On a large screen, a video of a robot moving through a maze plays silently. The students are deeply engaged in a collaborative design challenge. In groups of four, they are designing and building obstacle courses that they will program Makeblock mBots—robots equipped with line-following and ultrasonic sensors—to navigate.

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Visiting Artist and Guest Instructor Captures the Beauty of Ross Campus


Ross School is excited for the return to campus of Jim Gingerich, a local artist with a deep connection to the school community. This summer he will resume a post he held in 2009 and 2011 as a visiting artist and guest instructor.

For the past 30 years, the Bridgehampton-based artist’s oil paintings and pastels have been displayed in group and solo exhibitions throughout the country. His work has been displayed in the public collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Arkansas Arts Center, and many others. His private collectors include actor Robert DeNiro, country singer Jimmy Buffett, and director Rob Marshall. In 2008, Jim was a featured artist in Ross School’s annual seventh grade exhibition, which that year was titled Narratives: Real and Imagined.

Throughout the summer, Jim will be developing a series of paintings capturing the beauty of Ross School’s campus, beginning with the iconic Nike Statue. He looks forward to documenting additional interior and exterior scenes. The resulting collection will be displayed on campus at the end of the season. Additionally, Jim will be imparting his expertise to summer students taking art classes.

Welcome to Summer Term 2017!

Camp_Week_2_TB_2070This weekend, 34 students from around the world arrived in East Hampton for the 2017 season of Summer Term @Ross. The students, who hail from Germany, Russia, France, Brazil, Vietnam, India, China, and Japan, as well as the United States, will spend the next six weeks pairing intensive academic coursework with fun and interactive electives. Among the course offerings this year are Marine Science, Mandarin Chinese, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Standardized Test Preparation, and Innovation Lab @Ross. Continue reading