Upper School Art Teacher Eric Baylin has taught for 33 years at Packer.
In his current art, he uses rocks and branches, in combination with string to create temporary sculptural installations. In these works he plays with the natural tension of the string weighted by the rocks to hold the branches in place. When he arrives at the uncanny moment in which all the elements settle into both a literal and visual state of balance, that particular work is complete.
The exhibit in the Shen Gallery will include several of these recent installations as well as earlier examples of his ceramic sculpture, drawings, and photographs.
During the course of the exhibition (date to be determined), Eric will create “Drawing Performed in Three Parts” in collaboration with dancers, artists, and musicians from the Packer community. In this interactive piece, participants will create a series of large-scale drawings as a live performance. Email Michael Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be informed of when this event will take place.
Eric Baylin attended Duke University for three years, and then earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Alongside his work as a sculptor, Baylin is a poet and lyricist. In addition to the many songs he has written for the Packer community, he created “Time for a Tuneup: Songs to Help Teachers Make it Through the Year,” a monthly column which was featured for five years on the Education World website. The humor that runs through his poems and songs is evident in his visual art as well.
Baylin is a published author of essays about education and was featured in an online video course created with Harvard about adapting current neuroscientific research into the classroom. A teacher of meditation for more than thirty years, he is also a national facilitator trained at the Center for Courage and Renewal, which is associated with the work of educator and activist, Parker Palmer. He also serves as a professional development consultant to other independent schools in the tri-state area.
Given his many interests and demands on his time, he has directed his passion for making art into a form that allows for improvisation, impermanence, and minimal storage requirements. As in art, so in life he seeks a state of balance.