Posts tagged vapa

is there still a graffiti wall near / around vapa outside ? — Asked by Anonymous

there is some graffiti on the walls around vapa, but no graffiti wall.  I imagine a graffiti wall may be something that a few students could work out with staff to start up, but as far as I know, if you do graffiti on any wall on campus right now, it’s CRIME. and we’re not big fans of CRIME

kagan ‘16

Bathroom Review: VAPA (Upstairs Dance Solo)

Quality bathroom. Even more quality shots. Today I utilized the slant technique of photography, making my photos more edgy and interesting. This bathroom is furnished with an edgy toilet, and edgy sink, and a very edgy lack of space. Fire safety flasher alarm thing is next to the door and helps to remind you that there is a fire somewhere other than where you are, unless you already know. The lights are operated by a classic switch mechanism, something not usually found on campus. Most bathrooms subscribe to timed motion-sensor lights. There are like 1,000 tiles in this room. The edgy paper dispenser does just what you’d think it would. Be edgy. There is and outlet between the toilet and the sink, which accommodates those who enjoy to “surf-n-squat.” Someone put a Minecraft sticker in the top corner of the room! No one can reach that! What a comedian. Quality comedy.

Safety: 7 out of 10
Comfort: 8 out of 10
Design: 6 out of 10 
Expectations: Exceeded 

Be the best you wish you could be if you are!
-Alex BG

Bathroom Review: VAPA (the one on… umm…. across from D207)

Quality bathroom. Before I elaborate on its quality I want to remind you all that Bennington Bathroom Reviews is brought to you by the Bennington Admissions Department, constantly working to make sure no lizard people sneak their way into the college ranks. As far as bathrooms go this is one. It has all the stuff. If you are having trouble finding this bathroom, simply look for its convenient tab in the hallway. There is like 2 of everything! 2 mirrors. 2 toilets. 2 wall toilets. DO NOT Clean brushes or any art supplies in these (2) sinks. There are over 2 tiles in this bathroom. The colors of this bathroom are blue and white (2 colors). Safety is included with a fire flasher in the upper wall and sprinklers for the summer. That’s about it. 

Safety: 8 out of 10
Comfort: not even
Design: 7 out of 10
Astrology Sign: Gemini 

Ain’t no thang.

-Alex BG

Can you guys post some pictures of the film studio place? Or anything related to film? :3 — Asked by Anonymous


And here you go!

(Take a look this post by my good friend Carlos from Ecuador with my words on studying film at Bennington.)

I’m so glad you asked. Let’s get into it.


Film/Video students, like myself, spend a lot of our time (maybe too much??) in the video editing studio, or, as we lovingly call it, The Cage.


Technically The Cage is where video equipment (cameras, tripods, mics, light kits, projectors…the list goes on and on) is held and rented from.image

There are multiple work stations, some with dual-monitor setups, if u want 2 get ~fancy.


Once registered for class, video students are given access to the equipment rental system and the editing studio. Weekends and late nights you can usually find me there for at least for an hour or two. 


Stop by any time and you’ll see students working on narratives, experiments, installations, documentaries, and everything in between…like animations, for instance, which have two separate studios. 


There’s also a weekly Classic & Foreign Film Series screening in our on-campus movie theater, Kinoteca. (There’s also fresh, free popcorn.) On TOP of this, there’s a consistent stream of visiting filmmakers/industry professionals. Just last week  Bryan Wendorf, co-founder of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, not only held a screening, but also critiqued student work. In short, film is alive and well and charging ahead wildly at Bennington.


^Me, happy that there’s so much interest about film, waving goodbye to you from The Cage.

          - Ben ‘14

Here’s the Pretty Picture of Bennington of the day!

This is looking North West, from VAPA. The Pond tries to be like the sky, and sky wants to become an ocean. 
Happy Friday!~Carlos ‘14

Here’s the Pretty Picture of Bennington of the day!

This is looking North West, from VAPA. The Pond tries to be like the sky, and sky wants to become an ocean. 

Happy Friday!

~Carlos ‘14


VAPA kiln rooftop sketch artist


VAPA kiln rooftop sketch artist


9” x 9” art in VAPA 

What are your visual art programs like? How would you compare them to what's offered in art schools? — Asked by Anonymous

Hello Artist!

The visual arts program here is one of the best. We have a wood shop, a metal shop, a multi-use film darkroom, a digital photo lab, several painting studios, a computer/graphic arts program (3D printer!!!!!!!), a print shop, a ceramics studio (complete with a firing kiln), a drawing studio, an architecture studio, an animation studio, a sculpture studio, and a beautiful gallery space. In addition, as a visual arts student moves up through the years, (s)he will be eligible for a personal work space.

I have many visual-arts-oriented friends here who are so grateful that they chose Bennington over a typical conservatory school. The biggest pro of studying here rather than an art school is that the student is free (and required) to study a variety of different kinds of visual arts, AND non-visual-arts subjects - providing the student with a more holistic education, while still availing them to nearly all the visual arts resources they could ever need. In addition, we hire only teacher-practitioners - meaning all of our teachers are also active in their fields outside of Bennington. This makes it so that students can consult their teachers about what it really takes to be a successful, working artist in the “real world.”

Basically, we have all the all the resources you’d find at an art school, and a program that encourages students to utilize ALL OF THEM freely, while also supplementing with non-visual-arts classes if they please.

Come visit! We’d love to show you around.

Chloe ‘16

Scenes from an Afternoon Walk

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our favorite places to study/hang out on campus. So we (Carlos T. and Tommy M.) asked around the office, went out on a photo-journalistic adventure, and decided to create a little series of photos and related anecdotes. We want to show you how the spaces at Bennington end up being used, and why we end up loving them. And so, without further ado -

~Scenes from an Afternoon Walk~


The Architecture Studio (or the place Carlos sleeps standing up).

TOMMY and CARLOS enter, walk around.

TOMMY, a rising sophomore from Cambridge MA, studies music, writing, and Japanese. He is energetic, skinny, and brown-haired.

CARLOS, a rising senior from Guayaquil, Ecuador, studies architecture, drawing, assorted visual arts, and social sciences. He is brown-haired, brown-skinned, a thinker, and a screamer.

Carlos gravitates towards his personal workspace.

Just found these on Bennington’s flikr:

Souleymane Badolo aka “Solo” (MFA fellow) teaching Contemporary African Dance I/Burkina Faso outside VAPA last spring.

Cred: Briee Della Rocca

- David ‘13

Some shots of the metal-shop, individual studio spaces, and some miscellaneous spaces in VAPA.

- jason

More artist studios and work spaces! This week it’s ceramics (part 1).

- jason

Could we get some other pictures of the studios in VAPA like the ones you just posted of the architecture studio? I love seeing artists' work spaces! c: — Asked by Anonymous

We’ll try to keep them coming (especially personal studios - those are always fascinating), but in the meantime, here are a bunch of older posts of various spaces in VAPA to momentarily sate your curiosity.


Introduction to Rhino 3D Modeling

Rhino 3D Modeling is a foundation course in Rhinoceros modeling software. Rhinoceros, used by architects, artists, and designers, is now standard software for anyone modeling three-dimensional form. As an accurate and flexible tool, Rhino provides users with workflows for solid modeling, polygonal modeling, and organic NURBS surface modeling. This course covers a broad range of modeling techniques and lays a strong foundation for continued work in 3D modeling. Students complete predefined modeling tasks, as well as create original works of their own design. The term will culminate with a final project that is fully modeled in Rhino and fabricated using laser cutting and 3D printing.

The architecture studio. Drink it in.

- jason