FRANKFORT — Twelve students from Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary and Middle School recently participated in the Student Art Show at the 65th annual New York State Art Teachers’ Association Conference at the Albany Hilton. A group of students from Donnalyn Shuster’s art classes joined others from 25 school districts from across New York state.
The works presented reflect a variety of themes and influences, ranging from realism to optical art and included their reflective writing pieces.
Art 7 students Hope Kara and Madison Gage completed a rotational tessellation reflecting the influences of M.C. Escher. Art 6 students submitted various themed pieces, including an Op Art design by Joe Casamento, fall leaves watercolor by Sarah Hamilton and an oil pastel still life by Anita Isaykina.
Challenged to answer the question “How can nature influence a work of art?,” the following fifth grade students submitted their watercolor resist pumpkin paintings: Toni Palmisano, Crea Kirkland, Hannah Reid, Adam Judson, Jacob Lorraine and Stephanie Gusev.
Inspired by the dramatic reading “The Ghost Eye Tree,” third grader Tianna Reigler submitted her rendition of the night sky in tempera and mixed media.
In addition, as state co-chairwoman, Shuster presented a workshop on Youth Art Month programs and also coordinated the Artisan’s Market as part of NYSATA’s fund-raising for scholarships.
Shuster also entered a monoprint in the Members’ Exhibition and received a special citation from the American Art Clay Company for her work on the Youth Art Month program during the awards brunch on Nov. 24.
Shuster continues to serve as the Region 3 representative to the NYSATA Board of Trustees and as co-chairwoman of the Legislative Art Show.