Student Art at KMA
Faye Tobin, a senior in John Jay High School’s AP Art and Design program, set out to explore emotions through color. This is how she describes an early step in her process: “I photographed a room in my house when the sun was shining and the room felt airy and light, then again at a time when the sun was down and the mood was dark and dense.”
Her investigation became a watercolor that combines elements of both photos to illustrate conflicting emotions. Faye’s painting, called "Out of Place," is one of 350 pieces by seniors from more than 30 regional schools in the Katonah Museum of Art’s Young Artists Show. Other John Jay seniors in the show are Audrey Campisi, Robyn Graygor, Molly Hickey, Owen Hughes, Lainie Ingersoll, Walter Kreutzer and Lauren Mullaney. Like Faye, each are in John Jay's AP Art and Design program.
“Seeing their work in a museum setting among the work of their peers is an opportunity that allows students to see what goes into creating a show— curating their best work, developing publicity and installing the work at the museum,” said Amy Stockfield, the instructional leader for John Jay High School’s Visual Art Department. “Up until this point, students have participated in shows within the school. This exhibit opens their work to the broader community.”
Faye remarked that it was like coming full circle. When the seniors were in 5th grade, they participated in a self-portrait exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art.
“It’s a great feeling having my work on display amongst so many great young artists,” said Faye. “I find that I spend hours on a piece just to take a picture for a grade and tuck it away; it was nice to have the opportunity to be featured in such a cool show.”