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Visual Arts

Our field trip to Arkell Museum and Art Gallery

Our seventh grade Honors class took a trip to a local art gem – the Arkell Museum and Art Gallery in Canajoharie. The students had the opportunity to see original works by some of America’s greatest artists.

Students in gallery looking at painting

Students lined up outside steel and glass art gallery builidng

10 students lined up in front of replica of Rembrandt's "Night Watch" painting

students looking at paintings in gallery

students gathered in gallery

Meet our department

John Daley

I am the Art Teacher at Fisher school, grades pk-2. I enjoy working with the Central Valley community. Our school provides art opportunities to a wide variety of students from a multitude of backgrounds. The CVA art department does a great job supporting our students in a variety of creative endeavors.

You may contact me through the schools any time if you have questions. I look forward to meeting you!

Nancie Cooney

Mrs. Nancie Cooney moved to the Mohawk Valley, from Poughkeepsie,N.Y. 36 years ago, to begin her career in Art Education, at Barringer Road Elementary School. Prior to being hired, she had attended Fredonia State College, where she studied Environmental Science and Fine Arts. She received a B.S. degree in Art Education with an Art Therapy concentration, and a M.S. degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College.

Mrs. Cooney has worked in the Ilion/Central Valley School District for almost 36 years.
She has taught grades pre-K through grade twelve, throughout her career. Mrs. Cooney has also taught art to children at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, MVCC Kids College and other community-based venues. She has been an adjunct at Herkimer College for many years where she instructs adults who are pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education and/or Elementary Education.

Mrs. Cooney enjoys collaborating with her colleagues in offering students experiences that encompass the interrelationship of all subject areas. She focuses on helping students gain an understanding and appreciation for the arts. She thinks that students should be encouraged to develop skills, understand concepts, manipulate a variety of mediums, and ultimately use the aforementioned, in creating works of art.

Joanna Jenkins

My name is Joanna Jenkins and I started my teaching career at Remington Elementary school in 1999 and I had the privilege of painting many murals to adorn the walls there. I also taught studio art classes at Ilion high school during that time. After the merge of Ilion and Mohawk, I returned to teach art at Jarvis Middle School and now I am the high school art teacher at CVA.

I have taken college courses at HCCC, MVCA, Suny New Paltz, and Suny Cortland, but the majority of my college art courses were completed at Munson-Williams-Proctor-Arts Institute (MWPAI) and The College of Saint Rose. I am a member of New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA)and I have taught classes at MWPAI during summer session as well.

I have painted murals throughout the state and enjoy all the mediums I get to teach – drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics, collage, sculpture, and even photography.
I have had the pleasure of traveling to Florence, Italy several times and enjoy their art, sculpture and architecture.

Outside of school, I enjoy outdoor activities like gardening, camping, and fishing – including ice fishing! I also enjoy singing and play several instruments including saxophone, guitar, and flute. In the summer of 2018, my husband and I toured the United States singing and entertaining in nursing homes as well as visiting as many national parks as we could! It was a great adventure!

Cheryl Hicks

I am Cheryl Hicks. I am a first year art teacher for Jarvis Middle School. I received my Associate Degree in Art Studies from Dutchess Community College, and my undergraduate degrees in Visual Arts and Art Education with concentrations in painting and ceramics from SUNY New Paltz. My masters and further education are TBD.

I am still a practicing artist. I mostly work with oil paints. My aesthetic closely follows that of the Hudson River School’s embodiment of plein air landscapes of beautiful local sceneries. I also incorporate man-made objects, such as boats, smoke stacks, and lighthouses. I like to discover the relationship of man-made objects vs natural elements. I also really enjoy working with sculptural materials, such as clay, and the process of creating something with my bare hands.

As explained to my students, I really enjoy sharing my experiences in the art world with them and anything I know about art. I learn every day alongside my students! My classroom functions on respecting the studio, being responsible and safe, but also a little goofiness.