Ethan Wilson ‘21 really didn’t wait that long to put some newfound tech skills into practice.
The senior, who will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall, created a digital illustration of the Main Building — specifically, its iconic tower — for retiring Head of School Ted Koskores ‘70 P ‘10, ‘13. He’s also finishing up a similar rendering of Frothingham Hall for retiring Upper School Arts Faculty and Gallery Director Karen Koskores P ‘10, ‘13. The farewell gifts are part of Wilson’s independent design project under the direction of Upper School Arts Faculty and Director of Audio-Visual & Graphic Design Faculty Diane Haigh, who also designs Voice, the Academy’s student magazine.
For Wilson, the reason behind the gifts is simple: to say thanks.
“I appreciate Mrs. Koskores so much because she has been such a great art teacher to me during high school,” said Wilson, “and I appreciate Mr. Koskores because he has done a fantastic job of running the school in the four years I’ve been here.”
According to Haigh, Wilson had completed work on his college art portfolio and was looking to expand his knowledge of graphic design. While his skillset is digital illustration, he wanted to use those skills to take a deeper dive into architectural digital rendering. Using her photographs of various buildings on Thayer’s campus, Haigh taught Wilson how to illustrate with a simple technique. She then printed the Main Building rendering on a 12” x 18” canvas as well as two coffee mugs; she will do the same for the Frothingham rendering.
Wilson served as a captain for the track & field and wrestling teams; he will continue his wrestling career at WPI. He enjoys playing solo guitar in his jazz combo classes.