Summer Workshops Encourage Young Sag Harbor Artists

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Pierson High School student Erica Selyukova worked with an elementary school student during an elementary school summer art-making workshop. Photo courtesy of the Sag Harbor School District
Pierson High School student Erica Selyukova worked with an elementary school student during an elementary school summer art-making workshop. Photo courtesy of the Sag Harbor School District
Pierson High School student Erica Selyukova worked with an elementary school student during an elementary school summer art-making workshop. Photo courtesy of the Sag Harbor School District

For the second year in a row, approximately 80 Sag Harbor School District students in grades 3 through 12 spent their summer mornings expanding their understanding of the visual arts through Pierson High School’s Summer Art Program.

During the free workshops, held in July and August, middle and elementary school students made paintings, drawings, design books and sculptures. Teachers Meg Mandell and Liz Marchisella presented the two-process oriented art-making workshops and were assisted by high school students with extensive art experience.

Students in grades 8 through 12 were introduced to fashion design, 2-D/graphic design, printmaking, portraiture and digital printmaking through a variety of   workshops, taught by professional artists, including Monica Valentine Frisbie, Michael DiCanio and Scott Sandell.

Fashion students also took a field trip to the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton to use it as inspiration for the designs they created.

The Donald E. Reutershan Education Trust funded these workshops. The 16-year-old trust was established specifically to enhance art and architecture education in the Sag Harbor public schools.

“The summer program offers our students unique hands-on art-making experiences and introduces them to a wide variety of mediums,” said Sag Harbor art teacher and Reutershan Trust Coordinator Peter Solow. “Presenting the workshops during the summer gives us additional flexibility and time without the constraints of the daily school year schedule.”

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