WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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standing of how his work is created as well as the thought process around his pieces," she says. Last fall, Pillsbury shared his unique set of skills with students at Wellesley's Tenacre Country Day School. As artist- in-residence, he spoke with students and parents about his work, and gave workshops in which he demonstrated his techniques. Then, students created pieces of their own. He taught four half- hour classes, but his students wanted more. "They even gave up their recesses" to work on their projects, he says. Pillsbury was impressed with the students' ability to adapt his methods for their own creations, which inte- grated weaving strips of paper, work- ing with color, and layering. "Our students were captivated and inspired by Robert's presenta- tion," says Tenacre art teacher, Molly Curry. "During his visit, Robert had the chance to work with fourth and sixth graders in art class and he introduced his technique of cut-paper art to the students. Robert has a natural ability to connect with students and everyone felt successful at the end of the lesson." "Robert did a wonderful job speaking about his childhood, career, and his road to becoming the artist that he is today," says Jessica Walters, Tenacre parent and co-chair of the Tenacre Art Gallery, which show- cased Pillsbury's work and which strives to present to students new techniques, skills, and perspectives. "The children were thrilled to be able to have in-class time with Mr. Pillsbury where they were inspired to create their own masterpieces of cut-paper. It was truly a rewarding experience for our students and community and we are most grateful that Robert was part of Tenacre this year." From creating architectural models, to designing buildings, to creat- ing detailed three-dimensional birds out of thin sheets of cork, to architectural cut-paper portraits of structures, the constant thread in Pillsbury's work is dimensionality. The possibilities for Pillsbury's work are ever-expansive. He's begun doing more and more commissioned work for fans of his unique pro- cess, and it satisfies in more than one dimension. "I love the production part of it," Pillsbury says. "Luckily, people like the finished product, too. It's ideal." Robert Pillsbury working with a Tenacre student 154 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 artist profile "students were captivated and inspired"

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