Superintendent Rich Hughes, on behalf of the board of education, sent letters of recognition to three Central Valley students who showed their art at the 2015 New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in New York City in mid October.
Sixth grader Jordan Gibson, third grader Ashley Joseph and ninth grader Trinity Cook were among 184 students from 42 school districts across the state to have their works entered. Central Valley art teachers Nancie Cooney and Christina Korba submitted the works for inclusion in the show last year.
Jordan’s Jazz It Up With the Cubists collage is based on a class unit studying Pablo Picasso’s Cubistic art. Students made collages, using geometric shapes to illustrate musical instruments in the style of Picasso and contemporary Cubist artis Georges Braque. Ms. Cooney said Jordan’s work is an exceptional example of how Cubist artists used geometry to represent their subject matter.
Ashley’s Wet and Wild Floral Bouquet watercolor and pastel painting is based on a watercolor technique, called wet on wet. Students first saturated the paper and used watercolor paint to create their subject, in this unit a floral arrangement in a container. Later, she embellished her painting using oil pastels, to depict details. This lesson incorporated the color balance, proportion and the use of space.
Trinity’s Candy colored pencil drawing was a classroom still life assignment. Each student set up his or her own arrangement, then captured it in pencil.
Each year, NYSSBA and the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) team up to showcase some of the state’s finest visual artists at the annual NYSSBA meeting. The works demonstrate a high level of student ability at every grade level, in a spectacular range of mediums, techniques, and genres.
As members of NYSATA, Ms. Cooney and Ms. Korba are committed to their craft, routinely going beyond the confines of their classrooms.
“The Central Valley art department showcases our students’ talents in multiple shows throughout the year to demonstrate the profound impact art has on students’ lives,” said Ms. Korba.
“Seeing the pride in a student’s eyes is a reminder that the extra steps teachers take to mat, display, and sometimes package and mail are worth it. This particular show is an art show hosted by the state Art Teachers Association and is only open to members of the association and offers us an opportunity to share our Thunderous Talent with school board members from around the state.”
Dr. Hughes wrote the letters to honor both students and their teachers.
“Ms. Cooney and Ms. Korba enabled three of our Thunder to have their art displayed for thousands of people to see. Thanks to their teachers, these students experienced the thrill of being recognized for their talents. That is what great teachers do everyday,” said Superintendent Rich Hughes.