South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School Advanced Placement Art and Design students have presented their year-long culmination of original artwork in a virtual art show. Presented with the challenge to complete 15 art pieces by skillfully synthesizing their use of materials and techniques, students were encouraged to explore their creativity and interests in the world of art and beyond.

“Our students in all three sections of the AP Art and Design class have worked diligently this year, discovering processes used in the world of contemporary fine arts and implementing them into their own artmaking process,” said TZHS Art Department Team Leader and AP Art and Design teacher Donna Grasso.

At the start of the school year, students were prompted to devise an investigation question to catapult their decision-making throughout the development of their portfolio. AP Art and Design teacher Janina Smith noted, “These students have risen to the challenge of creating original pieces resulting in portfolios that truly capture a wide array of the unique and diverse voices of our student artists.”

The presentation showcases students’ work across a variety of mediums including 2D and 3D drawing, painting and sketching to clay sculpting and jewelry design. Smith reported that a number of graduating students intend to study related fields in college, including Kevin Dominguez (Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Art and Architecture), Adam Garvey (William Paterson University, History and Animation), Noah King (Wesleyan University, Film Studies) and James Stone (Savannah College of Art & Design, Fashion Design with a focus on sustainability).

Congratulations to all our talented AP artists!