The Rye Neck School District’s K-5 Fine Arts Show was held May 10-12 at F.E. Bellows.
By Janice Llanes Fabry
The Rye Neck School District’s K-5 Fine Arts Show was held May 10-12 at F.E. Bellows. On display were the many avenues of expression that art teachers and curators Dara Goodman and Trisha Appel have provided elementary school students with all year long.
The exhibit showcased a variety of media and techniques, art movements, and master artists, from Van Gogh to Picasso. There was a particular focus on portraits and pop art, including the works of Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Peter Max, and Keith Haring.
Goodman and Appel’s interdisciplinary connections were evident throughout the gallery. While the third graders’ study of Japan inspired their Japanese Sumi-E ink cherry blossoms, the fifth graders’ sugar skull paintings brought their Latin American lessons to life.
“From the moment our students enter the art studio, they are immersed in the creative world,” noted both curators. “They are able to see that the art-making process is a valid mode of self-expression and it can have an impact on their lives, the society they live in and beyond.”