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Students Enjoy Watercolor Retreat at Black Rock Forest

Dalton's HS Watercolor class weathered snow, sleet, rain, fog, and brilliant spring sunlight on their two-day retreat to Black Rock Forest Consortium.
On the trip, students were able to practice en plein air -- the act of painting outdoors -- to hone the art skills that they've practiced in Dalton's watercolor studio over the semester and experience the many wonderful adventures that Black Rock Forest has to offer.
 
The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a 4,000-acre forest and scientific field station north of New York City dedicated to offering educational programs and pursuing conservation goals in the Hudson Valley region. As a founding member institution, Dalton is proud to be an essential part of the Black Rock Forest Consortium and help our students discover the artistic and environmental importance of nature preservation.
 
In addition to plenty of hours of painting natural landscapes and art installations, students enjoyed a trip to Edgewick goat farm, guided hikes with environmental educators, a tour of Storm King Art Center, and an evening trip to a 200-year-old stone house filled with archaeological stories. Students also prepared their breakfast and lunch while living in a sustainable forest lodge at the Consortium. It was truly artistic transdisciplinary learning at its best. Any Dalton community members who would like to view the students' work from the two-day trip are invited to visit the new Arts Center on Floor 10 of Dalton Upper School.
 
Dalton would like to give a very special thanks to Lotus Do, Lynn Riggio, Jim Zulakis, Eric Loy, Terrill Kaplan, and the dedicated staff at Black Rock Forest Consortium for helping to make this watercolor trip feasible and great experiential learning en plein air retreat for our students!
 
Story and photos submitted by Dalton Faculty Member Lotus Do.
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