Make Room On the Mantel

Ms. Verna Amakawa’s Drawing and Painting students left to right: Kristina Pray, Yusra Ashraf, Faiza Tariq, April Fallon, Josue Izaguirre Oyuela, Nikolette Bellocchio, Kayla Grande, Nicoil Jarrett, Eve Metzger and  Cassidy Batkin.
Ms. Verna Amakawa’s Drawing and Painting students left to right: Kristina Pray, Yusra Ashraf, Faiza Tariq, April Fallon, Josue Izaguirre Oyuela, Nikolette Bellocchio, Kayla Grande, Nicoil Jarrett, Eve Metzger and Cassidy Batkin.
Kristina Pray, Yusra Ashraf, Faiza Tariq, April Fallon, and Josue Izaguirre Oyuela.
Kristina Pray, Yusra Ashraf, Faiza Tariq, April Fallon, and Josue Izaguirre Oyuela.
April Fallon, Josue Izaguirre Oyuela, Nikolette Bellocchio, Kayla Grande, and Nicoil Jarrett.
April Fallon, Josue Izaguirre Oyuela, Nikolette Bellocchio, Kayla Grande, and Nicoil Jarrett.
Kayla Grande, Nicoil Jarrett, Eve Metzger and Cassidy Batkin.
Kayla Grande, Nicoil Jarrett, Eve Metzger and Cassidy Batkin.

Students in Walt Whitman’s Drawing and Painting classes close out the school year having learned the painting methods and techniques of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists by reproducing these famous artists' works. Just like the Impressionists painters who were not much older than these students when they also copied the works of the ‘Masters’, the art students in Drawing and Painting gained a firsthand understanding of the chemistry of color and the handling of the brush. Students studied art historical movements of the 19th century and early 20th century recognizing that each scientific and technical advancement led to innovation. It is important to note that the students were learning the properties of acrylic painting for the first time and were able to reach a remarkably high level by this process as the photos attest.