South Orangetown Central School District

The 700s hallway at Tappan Zee High School is lined with student artwork–an annual tradition in recognition of Youth Art Month. “It’s inspirational for students to see what their peers are doing and motivates them to create and express themselves in new ways,” observed tenth-grader Kate M., a student in Art Team Leader Donna Grasso’s 3D Art class, whose 3D Quilling project is on display.

Ninth-grader Oliver M-S quilled a pink ribbon–a symbol with personal significance. “I made this because a family friend who is like an aunt to me had breast cancer.”

Student-artists noted the freedom to tap into their life experience, explore ideas and experiment with different media as key strengths of the high school’s art program, which encompasses a variety of courses, including AP Art and Design, Photography, Sculpture and Television Production. Works produced by students in these classes, taught by Grasso along with Art teachers Leigh LaBrake and Janina Smith, are on display through the end of March.

TZHS student artist with gallery background