Each year, students from all around the Islip District participate in visual arts activities with Islip’s Fine and Performing Arts staff. Whether with colored pencils or paints, on paper or canvas, students are given the opportunity to both practice their artistic skills and create works of art worthy of special recognition.

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On February 7, The Islip Public Schools Office of Fine and Performing Arts recognized 80 artists who created works that displayed both technical ability and artistic growth. The artists ranged in age from 6 to 18 years of age, and worked in media ranging from pencil drawings to darkroom photography. Artists and their families came to participate in a recognition ceremony and to see their works and the works of others on display.

As he acknowledged the artists, Director of Fine and Performing Arts Vincent Green pointed out that the assembled works highlighted not only artistic abilities but also valuable cross-curricular skills, including perseverance and problem solving. “The commitment these students make to their art will serve them beyond the art classroom and into any career they choose.”

Kyle Renwick, a photography student of Mrs. Lorraine Knoblauch, was on hand to discuss his work. He discussed his intimate portrait work as well as his quest for the right athletic photograph, stating that some of pieces took more than a year to get right. He further discussed his struggles in balancing his desire for the perfect photo against the athlete’s need to focus, stating “I’m trying to get the right picture without being a distraction to them during the game.”

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