Creative Ventures (Winter 2015)

IB Art, East, Xanthipi Abel:

IB Art 1IB Art 2IB seniors are busy creating artwork before the revisions, compiling and submissions begin. Students are expanding the breadth of their work and are experimenting with a new medium, oil paint. There is a student grade oil paint that works with a nontoxic, natural, and odorless turpinoid that is easily cleaned. For this painting students chose a subject matter that cohesively connects to their existing body of work; they are having fun exploring the richness, slow drying and multi-faceted aspects of working with oil paint.

Jean Burke 1Jean Burke 2IB seniors recently had the privileged to experience the work and technical skill of Jean Burke, a local Cape Cod watercolor artist. Jean visited our classroom demonstrating water techniques, discussing subject matter choices and answering student questions. Her work has been featured in a variety of art exhibits throughout the Cape, her work and life was featured in Woman’s Day Magazine. Her talents and artistic style have led to her work being commissioned by Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham Orpheum Theater and a variety of local establishments.

Alla Zbinovsky with IB Art Students

Alla Art 2

Technique for making Egg Tempura

IB Art seniors will soon be entering the phase of compiling their Art Investigation Workbook planning pages, editing their Comparative Study and writing their Curatorial Rational. Hence, this month marks the last of their studio work for IB submission purposes. One student whose family raises chickens expressed an interest in Alla Art 4learning the ancient technique of making egg tempera. Fortunately, former Sturgis English teacher Alla Zbinovsky is an egg tempera artist and studied with various masters in Russia. She provided a wonderful presentation, art history lesson and demonstration of how to make the medium for egg tempera paint by separating egg yolk from embryo sacks and using natural stones to grind colored pigments into the yolk. Students enjoyed learning this ancient technique and working with Ms. Zbinovsky on the start of their final piece. (Photos and text courtesy of Art teacher Xanthippi Abel)

Once on This Island

CastCongratulations to the cast, crew, and pit orchestra of Once on This Island for presenting four great performances at Mashpee High School last weekend. Many thanks to all who came and supported STAGE Left and Right and gave us a standing ovation!

Stay tuned for more details about the Winter One-Acts at each campus: Still Life with Iris at Sturgis East, directed by Diana Young, and The Love of Three Oranges at Sturgis West, directed by Michele Colley!

For more information, see Sturgis Theatre: A Retrospective

Southeast District Music Ensembles

SouthEast District GroupSouthEast District Entire ChoirCongratulations to Hannah Allen, Ethan Bailey, David Girardin, Maria Girardin, Cecelia Kane, Rebecca Leduc, Ian Morris, Christian Muxica, Catherine Palmer and Chris Parkin who auditioned and were accepted into the Southeast District Music Ensembles as a part of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Southeastern District (SEMMEA) Music Festival.  The concert took place at Duxbury High School on Sunday, January 9.

In addition, Juliana Bertrand and Mikey Richard participated in the “Cape Cod Choral Consortium”, alongside high school students from various Cape high schools. Together, they performed with the Cape Cod Symphony for their annual “Young People’s Concert” for over one thousand Cape elementary and middle school students. Pieces included American standards such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “Simple Gifts” and challenging repertoire by American composers such as Charles Ives’ “Circus Band” and Aaron Copland’s “Zion’s Walls”.

Spirit Week



Sturgis’ annual spirit week was held during the week of October 26-30 this year. Each day students were asked to dress up in a different themed outfit to earn points for their class. The week ended with class hall decorating and the class color field day events on the town green. Check out the following youtube video made by Sturgis junior Aidan Andrews. While it is bit skewed towards the junior class, it gives a great overview of what this awesome week is all about!

Junior Aidan Andrews captures the spirit of Spirit Week in his video: Sturgis East Color Wars 2015

Sturgis West Ensemble Sings for Barnstable Town Council

West Singers perform for Town CouncilMembers of the Sturgis West Choir were invited to sing for the December 17 regular meeting of the Barnstable Town Council at Barnstable Town Hall. The ensemble, led by Sturgis West Choir Director Nhung Truong, performed a variety of holiday songs for the councilors and received a very strong expression of appreciation from the town leaders and those in the audience. Thanks go to Nhung Truong and the Sturgis West choir ensem-ble for contributing to the spirit of the season for the community.

Patrick Todoroff, Glass Graphics Studio

Todoroff West Window

“Imposing Order” – Glasswork by Patrick Todoroff

Many thanks to Patrick Todoroff (husband of Rachel Todoroff and father of three Sturgis alumni) for donating a beautiful stained glass window to Sturgis West Library. The piece is titled “Imposing Order.”

Gretchen Buntschuh Memorial Windows

Patrick also donated the Gretchen Buntschuh Memorial Windows to Sturgis East Library in 2010 to honor Gretchen, former Sturgis English teacher and Assistant Director who passed away in February 2010. The piece includes zinc, lead, and foil wrap construction using antique and architectural glass, glass nuggets and antique cast rondels.

“The Layers” a poem by Stanley Kunitz, former Poet Laureate and Cape Cod resident is etched in the glass (used with permission).

Dimensions: Each panel measures 36″ x 36″. The entire piece stretches over nine feet.

Patrick designs custom stained glass windows. To learn more about his work, see: Glass Graphics Studio

Group shotWinter Concerts

Congratulations to Music Teachers Natalie Sheeler and Nhung Truong and all of the performers in the Winter Concerts.  It was great to see the quality of performances, school spirit and support students show for one another shine throughout. You all should be so proud of what you accomplished.

Jazz Singers

For more information about the Winter Concerts including the programs, photos and videos of most performances, see:

Sounds of the Season: Sturgis Winter Concerts

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