Power Point From April 7th Presentation w/Images of Adams’ Work

Fellow scholars,

Click on this link to review our slide show for our April 7th presentation to the Suffield Historical Society. April_s_Presentation_To_Historical_Soc_(2).

I had an amazing journey along side you this winter and spring as we uncovered more material and information about our our Alumnus artist here at Suffield. You have honed some great skills that will help you in college and in your future careers. Keep in touch here if you are still interested about our artist!

Stay curious!–mr. s


David Sambor
Project based learning
Our presentation for the Suffield Historical society showed us how important planning and rehearsing a presentation. This is because we were presenting to other people who knew a lot and expected a lot compared to the usual classmates we see everyday. We also used our best manners during the presentation and the after party. We represented our school very well and paved way for classes in the future. The next presentation we need more practice in front of others so we wont be as nervous and tense during the presentation. We also need to distribute the slides more even because some had more work than others. Completing the power point earlier would have helped because you could see if some had more work than other. I think distributing the work would be better because there would be more information on the slides, because people talked a lot when they had 1 or 2 slides, and people with 5 spoke a little.

Reflection April

On Wednesday night I learned a lot, but the most important thing I learned was history never dies. Willis Seaver Adams is now more known because of our class, and we will be remembered for a large amount of what we recovered about his reclusive life. A new piece of knowledge I personally learned was (when I found out) the amount of paintings that are owned by people in Suffield and how their preservation will help us.

Yes, it will be tough to get our hands on the actually paintings, but we need to know if it is possible to get our hands on photos, copies, dates, locations or names of the paintings. All this information can be very helpful to our class and our journey to uncover Adams’ work fully.

I care because we have worked for almost two full terms of the year on Adams’ life and we should be able to end on a good note. We can make everything we have done into a more refined document or even mid sized pamphlet to record for a paper trail along with updating our work on googledocs and Wikipedia. We should finish strong and make sure we leave a mark in history about Willis Seaver Adams.

WSA Reflection (Parker)

I feel that our class as a whole learned much more than each of us anticipated.  It was outstanding how much we learned individually apart from our designated regions of study for the project itself.  I know I became familiar with an immense amount of information that was somewhat irrelevant to my specific section of the project.  That being said, I feel privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to learn and uncover the mystery of an artist who had never really been appreciated or even thought of and portrayed as a tonalist ever before.

Being born and raised in Suffield, CT, Willis Seaver Adams was highly influenced by James Whistler and Robert Frederick Blum.  He eventually became the eye opener for us as an original Tonalist painter.  With this knowledge we were able to contact multiple historians and institutions pertaining to this amazing find.  I also feel even though we as a class were fairly slow at advancing through the work in the beginning we really made a push as the date of the exhibit got closer and closer.  After all was in and done, we ended up doing very well with the project and felt really good that we did something for the close community here in Suffield. We met some very nice people in the process of researching, such as Lester Smith, Anne Borg, Bob White, and others from the historical society who helped us with transcribing all the letters by Willis. It was a fantastic experience and I would gladly do it again with this class.  With that in mind, I am looking forward to reopening the exhibit for the King House soon enough.

My Reflection

Allen Harris

Mr. Sullivan

Project Based learning


The presentation was an overall success to me. I feel we stepped up as a group and did a great job explaining what we know about Willis seaver Adams. We did a great job helping each other out when needed and overall everyone spoke well when it was there turn and we had the interest of the audience.  The most important thing that I learned was that there is more information out there on him that we could find.  What I need to know is where to find that information. Finding information on him is not easy but it is very possible to do. I will find information on him by doing good research and asking other places what they know about Willis seaver Adams and what they could tell me.  The reason I care is because we have done so much work on him that I want to know more and get more information for the group so our presentation can be even better than it was before.

WSA Reflection/ Jimmy Ramaley

The class’s presentation of Willis Seaver Adams on Wednesday turned out much better than I expected. Our ability to come together at the end and help one another out was our key to success. To the last minute touching up of the posters to filling in for someone else during the slide show displayed not only our knowledge of Adams but also our ability to work well as group.

Wednesday night taught me that the most important thing in a group project is the whole group’s actual interest in the project itself whatever that be. At first our class, including myself, did not really seem interest in anything about Adams. He was just some random artist from Suffield with hardly any background information on him. It took a little while for our interest to kick in but once we did, our progress in discovering who Adams was greatly increased. We started different research methods not just Google and found primary sources such as the letters of Adams and the archive information. By the time of the presentation everyone seemed comfortable with describing some part of Adams’ life. Our interest and knowledge of Adam’s showed in our presentation and exhibit. If we had continued being lazy and uninterested in the project we would have never been able to accomplish what we did.

As we continue with project, I think the next step would be to look more into his artwork itself. We should keep on researching tonalism and his part in the style. We know that Adams’ had more that 500 paintings yet I feel like we are still only familiar with about 20. We could look into this more by contacting different people that own Willis’ work and more into how we could get one for ourselves. As for our group work, I think our Internet development is also an important thing. We should carry on with our Wikipedia page and our different ways of spreading the story of Adams’ around.

At first I could I honestly say I did not care about this project, but after the presentation I felt otherwise. People are interested in what we are doing and the life of Adams’ does matter as he made a major contribution to art history. Not only is Adams’ life important but also our ability to work in a group should greatly help us as individuals in the future.