The Barton Art League, a small group of Barton students who have a genuine passion for art and all the creative fields, is showcasing work from Ms. Susan Fecho’s Graphic Design class for the first exhibition of the fall in Hackney Library’s first-floor student exhibition art area near the elevator.
Students adapted the classic icons, fonts and color scheme of the 1960’s counterculture movement to develop a “Fifty Years Since Woodstock” book cover design. They researched the 1969 Woodstock logo/poster designed by legendary artist Arnold Skolnick. Learning extended into locating appropriate photographs that were licensed for reuse, utilizing expressive fonts associated with sound and meaning, collaging imagery, and printing on large format printers.
Student Megan Hickey considered how “Woodstock is known as one of the greatest happenings of all time and perhaps the most pivotal moment in music history” as it centered on the idea of peace, love and music to design her cover “Sing with Me the Song of Peace.”
“In my hometown [of] Kralingen in The Netherlands,” shares Christern Minus, “we still annual[ly] celebrate Woodstock. Every year thousands of Dutch and European people visit the Kralingen Forest to celebrate our freedom. On the back of my book you can see how it looks like these days.”
For designing “Love, Peace and Woodstock,” student Jaksa Gabric shares, “[The] idea behind my work was to connect two big events in the history of the United States. One being the Vietnam war, and another one sharing peace and love across the nation to stop the wars.”
Come by at your leisure to see how Barton graphic design students have interpreted the iconic Woodstock event, 50 years after.