Art: LittIe Dripper

Even by Eastern prep-school standards, Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass. tends to be conservative; its informal art classes tend to be the same. But one day last month, Freshman Renny Drew, 14, decided to try something different. The art teacher had told the boys to go right ahead and paint whatever they wished. Renny's inspiration led him to develop this technique:

First he pulls the cardboard out of a shirt that has just come back from the laundry. Then he smears it over with a neutral color. After that he holds a brush above it and lets some house paint drip. Finally,...

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