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Anya, a senior, is embroidering on a silk cloth she painted. “I like to use multimedia in my pieces. Instead of drawing the surrealism details, I’m needle-working them."
She pauses to look at her work. “I like it—it looks like the sky. It’s really just an excuse for me to embroider.” Anya is planning to go to art school in the fall. She’s been taking as many art classes as her schedule can accommodate. “I took three art classes last year--that meant no lunch period and 0 period gym."
Sarah, a senior, is creating a vibrant ink blot painting--the beginning of a Surrealist drawing project. She compares the experience to her AP Calculus class. “This is the only class you can do mostly whatever you want. It’s such a stress release—it’s so freeing.”
Tori, a ceramics student, concurs. “Art is such a liberating form of self-expression. Your work is always evolving."
Keilen, a junior, is a first-year ceramics student. Judi Offenberg, an art teacher at John Jay, watches her confidently throw a bowl on the wheel. “If you can use the potter’s wheel, you can do anything in the entire world,” said Offenberg. WATCH.
Across the studio, Reilly, a junior, is also immersed in ink blot painting. “I’ve taken four art classes in a row. I can really see how I’ve improved and grown."
Many students at John Jay High School take Studio Art and Design to fulfill their fine arts requirement. John Jay offers three arts sequences: a four-year fine arts sequence that culminates in an optional portfolio review in AP Drawing and Painting, a three-year ceramics and sculpture sequence, and a three-year media and technology sequence which offers an optional three college credits class. MORE.
Some students will go on to study art in college. One senior is headed to the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he plans to major in painting, minor in ceramics, and obtain his Masters of Teaching.
Other students will use the confidence and creativity developed through art in other ways.
“After taking Ceramics 1, I’m thinking of studying ceramics in college," said Keilen. "I’m also thinking about criminal justice."