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Students collaborate with local artist at Hyattsville CDC
Posted 02/21/2017 12:00PM

Bishop McNamara FADE students with local artist Last fall, a select group of students from Ms. Heneghan's advanced studio art class traveled to Hyattsville to work with sculptor Alan Binstock on a piece of public art. "Many of the students who participated were also part of our Fine Arts Endorsement Program (FADE)," commented Mrs. Kathryn Heneghan, Studio Art Instructor and Assistant Fine Arts Dept. Chair.

"This was a particularly meaningful opportunity for them as one of the goals of FADE is to expose students to professional--and often local--artists and the work they do," she went on to comment. "Regardless of FADE, however, all the students got invaluable practice working in teams, taking direction from professionals in the field, and working on a large collaborative project rather than something of their own. And we really had a lot of fun!"

Here is a video of the fieldtrip taken by BMHS teacher, Mr. Charles Shryock, showing our students working with the sculptor and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. Click on video to play.

About the Artist

Alan Binstock is a sculpture whose work focuses on stone, glass and steel with occasional pieces in other materials. His current body of work tends to be self reflective. He explains, "Stone and steel balance, support and cantilever their way towards a visual resolution. Each piece is a silent witness, in dynamic tension. Influences include Noguchi and David Smith as well as architects Le Corbusier and Mendelsohn. Compositions bring the unique qualities which each material manifests into dialogue, and when successful, offer a moment of reflection."

Mr. Binstock was born and raised in the Bronx. His formal fine arts education began in New York's High School of Music and Art, followed by undergraduate studies at Hunter College. After teaching Fine Arts in a South Bronx Junior High School, and a year of travel, he settled in Boulder, Colorado, developing sculpture and jewelry of wood, stone, silver and deer antler. He claims that his work at the time was greatly influenced by the amorphous forms of Jans Arp and Henry Moore. While working at Quest Foundry, he was exposed to all phases of wax modeling, bronze casting and finishing. At that time he became a student of Yoga, later a teacher and director at the Boulder Integral Yoga Institute, a pursuit that was continued at the Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut.

Mr. Binstock worked as a carpenter, building homes, and later as a cabinetmaker for a sailboat manufacturer, learning about finely crafted details. A four-year graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Architecture gave him a new perspective in three dimensional design. He has worked for many years as a Registered Architect and Project Manager in several area firms and at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He credits this ongoing education in construction methods and materials, and his studies in Yoga for continuing to inform his sculpture and challenge his aesthetic directions.

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