Schools: Students Paint With Famous Artist

Students in the Cold Spring High School AP art class recently met and painted with world renowned artist Domingo Zapata. Zapata, who is one of only seven living artists featured in the Louvre, also spoke with students in grades 10-12.

He brought to life a work of art transforming a blank canvas with his unique brushstrokes and imagination into one of his iconic modern floral masterpieces.

Beyond his lecture and demonstration of his artistic talents and techniques, he encouraged the students to reflect on their own painting styles and inspirations.

“Painting is not about what you see, it is about what you feel,” said Zapata. “Look back and recall the purity of your childhood memories and draw from those feelings of innocence when everything was magical and beautiful.”

The district’s third grade students met the  artist in a separate assembly. Hands were raised high with questions and suggestions as he drew his own version of a Seahawk, the school district’s beloved mascot,  before their eyes, complete with sunglasses, shoes and a gold chain.

Half Hollow Hills Scholar-Artist

Half Hollow Hills High School East senior Becca Hochman has been selected as a scholar-artist for her excellence in the area of visual arts.

The Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Awards program recognizes students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island in both academics and in the arts. She is one of 20 students selected as Scholar-Artists and 20 students selected as Award of Merit recipients for their skills and talents in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, theater or media arts.

Hochman is the 24th student from Half Hollow Hills to be selected as a Scholar Artist since the program began in 2007.

To receive this designation, students must be graduating seniors nominated by their school for representing the highest level of artistic excellence, submit a portfolio of their work for consideration by the selection committee, and demonstrate superior academic achievement with an unweighted grade point average of 90 or above.

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