2004-11-19 / Community

QCA Program Prepares Rockaway HS Students For Career In Art

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Far Rockaway High School art teacher Lisa Wolf and the curator of the High School to Arts School program, Bill Beirne, discuss some of the drawings in the exhibit and the future of the art program. Photo by Sophia Skeans
Far Rockaway High School art teacher Lisa Wolf and the curator of the High School to Arts School program, Bill Beirne, discuss some of the drawings in the exhibit and the future of the art program. Photo by Sophia Skeans Students at both Far Rockaway High School and Beach Channel High Schools were honored at a reception, held by the Queens Center for the Arts (QCA), at the opening of an exhibit that showcased their artistic abilities at the Oak Ridge Building in Woodhaven on November 4.

The reception and exhibit were a result of the Queens Center for the Arts High School to Art School, a program that was founded in 2003.

“This program will provide students an opportunity to pursue a professional art career, to enrich the portfolio preparation that provides instructional and guidance support for artistically talented students in Queens’ pub-

lic high schools,” explained Sophia Skeans, a spokesperson for the QCA.

“For example, students receive only one combined art studio and art history class. Students in affluent communities generally have access to varied art classes in school, have greater access to art education through private training and usually receive material support for art lessons.”

”Queens Council on the Art is committed to helping talented underserved students receive the training they need to compete with other students who have greater access to art education. This program will provide the resources to students who suffer from the lack of professional and technical exposure to the arts.”

The program gives young student artists in Queens public high schools a chance to learn about the many careers within the arts field and the training needed to pursue those careers. It will also give those participating in the program an opportunity to “better compete in professional art colleges and schools” pointed out Skeans.

High School art teachers supervise the work of the students.

The black and white drawings on exhibit ranged from portraits to still life to abstract work.

The exhibit runs through the end of this week.

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