July 1, 2022


art requires creative

Beloved Staples art teacher retires after 21 years

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On the occasion of her retirement from teaching art at Staples High School for the past 21 years, we ask Camille Eskell to reflect on her life and career.

I was born and raised up in Kew Gardens, Queens, NYC. I moved to Connecticut in 1990.

What was your own art education and did it prepare you well?

I attended Queens College/ CUNY for undergraduate and graduate school which had an excellent art department. I earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Art (in painting) although I worked extensively in sculpture and drawing as well, studying with well-established artist/professors. My art schooling prepared me very well, but an artist must always find their own voice without the direct influence of others.

Why retire from teaching now?

Teaching is a second career, and it’s been 21 years of a rigorous, physically demanding, but largely rewarding occupation. I started teaching quite a bit later than most and although I have been exhibiting and creating my art professionally during my tenure at Staples, I want to focus on my work as an artist more intently.

How would you evaluate the art program at Staples?

It has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and is quite extensive. The course offerings delve into many aspects of the visual arts, from the cornerstone of drawing to an exciting range of digital applications, painting, printing, and three-dimensional pursuits.

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