Painting students in Lacoste during Summer 2010 take on a permanent project.
Eleven students in PNTG 361 Developing a Personal Vision are doing some close study of a painting surface at SCAD-Lacoste this summer. There is a winding path up to the de Sade chateau. On that path, there was an unfortunate amount of graffiti (at right). Professor Natalija Mijatovic, who is teaching in Lacoste this summer, took it upon herself to make a detailed proposal to paint over the graffiti and have it look like the original stone. The town council and major approved the project, and the students have been working away. She is confident that it will be complete before they leave. As you can imagine, it has been very well received by the locals and tourists alike.
The group is working from a composite image that Professor Mijatovic made of different walls and stones found in the village. She reports that every challenge calls them to find a creative solution, and says, “The traffic is intense. The village hasn’t seen this many visitors in a long time, and feedback from people is encouraging and enthusiastic. They all want to shake hands with us (you can imagine how hard this is when you are on the ladder!) They photograph us, and insist on talking to us (in all languages imaginable!) to learn more about us and the school. Our students thoroughly enjoy their well-deserved moments of celebrity!” The students include Maggie Brannon, Sean Cabral, Timothy Chin, Toni Dammicci, Chelsea Demercado, Andrew Dykes, Juliana Fadl, Jazzmyn Howington, Emily Kell, Emily Tenenbaum, Amber Zoellner, and graduate teaching intern Lauren Coggins Tuttle.