Around the Green

Art Teacher Carolyn Webster has three pieces of her artwork currently on display at the Wisdom House’s Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery in Litchfield, CT. Webster’s art is showcased in a tribute exhibition of work by high school art educators called Passing it Forward. 

The exhibit opened to the public on Saturday, May 20th, and runs through August 15th. 

“It was such a nice celebration of art teachers in the area,” says Webster of the opening. “They did an amazing job curating!”

Webster describes her art, often lately paintings and drawings, as introspective. 

“It almost feels cliche to say that COVID has dictated how I view and create my artwork, but that’s exactly what happened,” she says. “These three pieces are self-portraits – all responding to different situations and emotions this past year.”

She adds, “I respond to different circumstances happening. With that, I love plein air painting. Every time I travel, I bring my travel palette and small sketchbook. Those are my favorite pieces because they are deeply personal.” 

Webster has been an Art Teacher at Forman since 2019 and says that art is important for students to learn. 

“My teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in passion and sharing my love of art with my students,” she says. “It’s so fulfilling to see a “eureka” moment when a student is doing a project or finds something that they previously thought they couldn’t achieve. My students are what keep me invested in the art world!” 

“[Art] allows a different perspective, brings to light the good and the bad in a way that everyone can understand, and it’s a language learned to communicate across cultures,” she adds. “It teaches empathy, and also gives students an outlet for emotions.”

Click here for more information about the Passing it Forward art exhibit.