Our Office and Classrooms

We take great pride in making sure our office and classrooms are not only conducive to learning, but are comfortable spaces for both adults and students to spend time in.

We also have plants in our office. We like green things.

All of the art displayed on the walls are chosen by members of our staff. The name of the piece, the artist, and year it was completed is displayed next to each artwork, along with a description of why it was chosen and what it means to the teacher or staff member who selected it.

0 through 9

0 through 9 by Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns

Selected by Teacher Cathy

“Since the mid-1950s, Jasper Johns has focused on commonplace signs and graphics. He repeatedly uses numbers as themes in his works, filling entire canvases with individual depictions or superimposed on top of each other.

In the work of 0 through 9, each numeral figure evokes a unique perception. Although each number is difficult to see individually, they are simultaneously clearly identifiable.

The reason why I like this image is because every time I see this painting, in addition to searching for the numbers between 0 and 9, I ponder how Jasper Johns managed to depict all of these numbers in the same space. Then before I know it, five minutes have gone by!

Challenge yourself to see if you can find the numbers 0 to 9. Which number did you see first?

Batman & Robin poster

Batman and Robin posterBatman and Robin poster

Selected by Teacher Adam

Teacher Adam purchased this image for a few reasons. First, he is a big fan of Batman. Second, when they were kids, Teacher Aaron and Teacher Adam used to have Batman and Robin action figures and used to play with them very often.

The motif of partnership in the Batman and Robin storyline is something Teachers Adam and Aaron want to exhibit in their work together, and also instill in students at Englist.

Café Terrace at Night

Cafe at Night by van Gogh1888
Vincent van Gogh

Selected by Teacher Andrew

“I have always been fascinated by the way Van Gogh captures the vividness and thrill of life in his works of art. I love how Café Terrace at Night jumps off the canvas with a sharp contrast between warm yellow, green, and orange colors under the marquee, and the deep blue of the starry sky. You may recognize these stars from his more famous painting, Starry Night, which he painted a year later.

Despite the painting depicting a night scene, it is surprisingly devoid of the color black. Vincent opted to use light and dark blues to portray the night sky. He later recalled that “the night is more alive and more richly colored than in the day.” I have always enjoyed his ability to show this in his works.  

You can still go and visit the exact spot where Van Gogh set up his easel and created this gorgeous painting in Arles, France. The café has even been refurbished to look as it did in 1888. I’d like to do that someday.

Circles in a Circle

Circle in a Circle by Wassily Kandinsky1923
Wassily Kandinsky

Selected by Teacher Aaron

“In college I had this amazing professor named Loretta Stec. She taught courses in Literature, but would always make her students write about art as well. At first I hated this aspect of her classes, but over time I came to see the powerful connections between literature and visual art.

“One day I went to visit Dr. Stec in her office wherein, on the wall opposite the door, hung a giant reprint of a Kandinsky painting (under which, thankfully, was the artist’s name). I said ‘Kandinsky, huh?‘ To which she simply replied ‘Oh yes…‘ and then wordlessly turned her head to the painting. We then silently stared at it together for a few moments, after which she asked, ‘How can I help you, Mr. Hatch?‘ Only later would I realize what a wonderful teaching moment that had been – how, without saying anything, she’d taught me about how one should consume art. Art requires patience, time for reflection.

“As time went on I became increasingly interested in Kandinsky, and eventually wrote a short essay about his painting Lake Starnberg. This painting, while not one of the first Kandinsky works I was exposed to, is definitely one of my favorites. It showcases his playfulness with color and respect for shapes and angles, and is a fantastic representation of just how aesthetically pleasing abstract art can be.”

The Elephants (Spanish: Los Elefantes)

The Elephants by Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí

Selected by Teacher Liz

“I have always loved the ethereal quality of many of Dalí’s works, and what makes The Elephants stand out as one of my favorites is how it seems to simultaneously portray something vast and barren, yet focused at the same time.

“The entire painting is comprised of elements that are seemingly imbalanced, but when viewed together is somehow comforting to me in how they create an odd equilibrium. I like the strangeness of mighty elephants precariously balancing atop their spindly legs. Meanwhile, they tower over small figures on the ground – one who is relatively still while the other’s arms are outstretched in either invitation or provocation.

“My favorite aspect of this painting is the vibrant red that fills the negative space, which seems to extend into eternity, as if this dreamlike place has no end.“

Fishing Boat

Fishing Boat by Tius Tutty

Tius Tutty

Selected by Teacher Adam

This pen and ink drawing was done by Teacher Adam’s friend Tius Tutty, who lives in Kaohsiung. Teacher Adam loves maritime or ocean themes, and because this was a happy little boat piece done by a friend, he wanted to have it in his office.

Sky and Water I

Sky and Water by MC Escher

M.C. Escher

Sunlight on the Coast

Sunset on the Coast by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer

Selected by Teacher Adam

“Seascapes are some of my favorite types of paintings, and few painters have ever been better at doing them than American artist Winslow Homer.

“I love how this painting is titled Sunlight on the Coast, but rather than a sunny day at the beach, it feels stormy and chaotic. The range of blues makes for very strong contrast, and the strokes and subject matter exude a sense of motion. The sea is fascinating because it can seem so calm and tranquil, but in the next moment so powerful and frightening. This painting captures both perspectives, along with a hint of sunlight and the promise of a coming storm. It’s a complicated painting that provokes complicated thoughts, and because there is so much in what seems like so little, it is one of my favorites.“

Triptych II

Triptych by Joan MiroTriptych by Joan Miro

Joan Miro

Selected by Teacher Patricia

“This painting could either be depicting a wide blue sky at dusk, or a vast ocean under the sunlight. It is the viewer’s creativity that will shape what they see when they look upon this piece.“

Woman with a Hat

Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Selected by Teacher Aaron

“I remember, with great clarity, the first time I saw this painting. It was at the San Francisco MOMA, and I was 18 years old. I hadn’t yet finished high school, and knew virtually nothing about art (though I suppose I still don’t), but this striking and vibrant portrait stopped me dead in my tracks.

“Even today, I can’t pinpoint precisely what it is about this painting that I find so stirring, but it definitely has something to do with the colors. That so clear a vision of a person could be produced with such unnatural and striking colors is, in my mind, what makes this painting beautiful. The various hues of blue that comprise most of this painting are so calming, and the softer green shades that help highlight the angles of the woman’s face seem somehow completely at home here. The patches of orange, red, and yellow add a simple contrast that keep the eye bouncing back and forth between them and the intense visage staring back at the viewer from the center of the canvas. It’s simply an amazing painting to stand in front of and drink in.“


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